A newsman who has appeared on ABC for more than three decades is making the move to Fox News. Writing in The New York Times, Bill Carter reports that George Will is headed to the cable news channel.
"Mr. Will has been best known as a voice on ABC’s Sunday morning political discussion show, ‘This Week,’ going back to its origin in 1981, when David Brinkley was the host. He has also been a regular commentator on ABC’s political and election coverage," Carter writes.
The conservative Will, 72, will be added to Fox News’ commentary panels on many of its regular shows, such as "Fox News Sunday."
Carter reports: "Mr. Will’s departure from ABC after such a long tenure was seen as something of a surprise but essentially came down to geography, according to the ABC News spokesman, Jeffrey Schneider. He pointed out that ‘This Week,’ which in the past was based in Washington, Mr. Will’s home, now broadcasts three weeks out of four from New York."
“The travel just became an issue for George,” Schneider told The Times. “But we honor his contributions to ABC News and we think the world of him.”
ABC said it does not plan to hire anyone to replace Will.