After 18 years at the helm of weekly talk show Fox News Sunday (he joined in 2003), Chris Wallace announced yesterday that he would be departing both the weekly program and the network, effective immediately. Speculation about who will replace Chris Wallace is understandably rife – what do we know so far?
Why did Chris Wallace leave Fox News?
Longtime Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace is departing the show – and the network as a whole – in favour of rival channel CNN’s streaming service, CNN+.
There appears to be a trend. As Axios reports, cable news talent wars are “shifting to streaming platforms”.
Primetime cable slots and the Sunday shows – of which Chris Wallace’s former gig is an example – are “no longer the most opportunistic placements for major TV talent”.
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In this vein, Wallace is just the latest in a string of sign-offs from cable TV. MSNBC’s Brian Williams announced on November 10 that he would be leaving NBC News after 28 years; Chris Cuomo lost his job at CNN on Saturday.
The Guardian reported yesterday that the Cuomo “mess” reveals some of the peril that “news-as-entertainment” is in.
Who will replace Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday?
The Daily Beast quotes a statement from Fox News Media as saying the “legacy of FOX News Sunday will continue with our star journalists, many of whom will rotate in the position until a permanent host is named”.
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Fox News will apparently “rely on rotating anchors for the Sunday show” until they find a permanent replacement.
It is not yet clear who will host this Sunday’s episode.
However, sports media company OutKick has apparently learned that the network will rotate the following on Fox News Sunday, following Chris Wallace’s departure: Bret Baier, Bill Hemmer, John Roberts, Shannon Bream, Neil Catuvo, Martha MacCallum, Harris Faulkmer and Jen Griffin.
OutKick journalist Bobby Burack tweeted yesterday that Wallace leaving Fox News means several high profile television news roles are now open.
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Who do Fox News viewers want to replace Chris Wallace?
Regulars on Wallace’s panel discussions included Brit Hume, Mara Liasson, Juan Williams, Stephen F Hayes and Fred Barnes, Julie Pace, Charles Lane and George Will, Nina Easton, and Bill Sammon.
By and large, they will likely continue to appear on the show.
Meanwhile, several polls are running on Twitter to establish public opinion on who should replace Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday.
Here’s one with 2,000 votes so far; here’s another with 11,500. Among others, Twitter users have suggested the likes of Bill O’Reilly, Will Cain and Mike Emanuel as potential replacements for Wallace’s Sunday slot.