Insiders Say NBC Is Building ‘the Next Fox News’

Jan 30, 2017  •  Post A Comment

The buzz at NBC News, under the leadership of Andy Lack, is that the news division is trying to create “the next Fox News,” The New York Post’s Page Six reports, citing media insiders.

The report notes that Lack has recently “poached cable stars Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly” from Fox News. The Post quotes a source saying of Lack, “He believes he’s building MSNBC and NBC into the next Fox. It seems the network wants to take a more conservative tone.”

But The Post quotes a rep for NBC saying: “The only thing Andy Lack is interested in ‘tilting toward’ is even more good journalism.”

As we reported last week, Kelly is expected to move into either the 9 a.m. hour or the 10 a.m. hour at NBC in the fall, with the network currently working on tweaks to its morning “Today” lineup.

“We’re told she is getting paid about $12 million a year for the gig, which will include a Sunday talk show,” The Post reports, adding: “Some fear Kelly may not be worth the bucks since her Fox replacement Tucker Carlson nearly doubled her ratings on Fox News after her departure.”

The report also notes that MSNBC anchor Joy Reid may be “on the chopping block.” The Post quotes an insider saying: “They haven’t renewed her contract. She’s been working without a contract for at least a month.”

However, The report quotes an MSNBC spokesperson saying Reid “is working under contract. And the network wants her to stay.”


  1. Megan and Greta are more middle of the road than conservative. But so is Trump and the vast majority that voted for him. If NBC actually goes down the middle, presenting both sides and letting the viewers make their own decisions this could put a big dent in Fox. The middle America people I have talked to moved to Fox to get another view rather than being told what to think by the Networks.

  2. I’m fairly sure this story is waaaaaay off the mark. MSNBC, being a strong voice of the opposition, is wisely positioned for the next few years. People who despise Trump – and there are many – need a reliable home. Megyn Kelly…let’s see how she’s rolled out – it’s too early to tell. She’s a talented broadcaster and had quite a 2016. And Joy Reid, I think, is going nowhere but up – she’s one of NBC News’s most promising anchors and thinkers. There’s tremendous buzz about her.

  3. So, Al, Tamron, Hoda and Kathie Lee will have to accept whatever NBC decides to dish out to them just to make room for “Her Highness Megan”. WOW!!! Tks. Peggy

  4. Sorry to hear that Tamron Hall has been dumped by NBC in order to make room for “Princess Megan”. Tamron will continue to be successful wherever
    she goes. Good luck to her. Megan may have put herself in a very unpleasant environment . Surely everyone at NBC will be so inviting. Hope I am wrong!

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