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.”