Megyn Kelly is heading to the catbird seat: 9 p.m. Fox News just announced a shake-up of the longest-running act in cable news, its prime-time schedule, pushing Sean Hannity to 10 p.m. and Greta Van Susteren's "On the Record" to 7.
Kelly's new program will be called "The Kelly Files," and per the Fox News release, will "focus on late-breaking stories in a live format as well as in-depth investigative reports interspersed with newsmaker interviews. While embracing a stronger social media presence, the new program will capitalize on Kelly’s skills as a former litigator, and create a unique platform for developing angles as events unfold...."
Per Kelly: “In 2003, I was an unhappy lawyer, and made a decision to change my life. Ten years later, I’ve been able to do that thanks in large part to Roger Ailes, a boss who always gives me the same directive: ‘Be yourself and have fun.’ What a great job. I am very grateful.”
And Hannity: “I am very happy to be moving to 10 p.m. The ability to be live or on tape greatly increases the flexibility of the show and offers me, after 17 years, the opportunity to be home at night with my family.”
Hannity's move up an hour is especially significant -- at least symbolically -- because he (and for many years, Alan Colmes) was second in the prime-time batting order after Bill O'Reilly's "The O'Reilly Factor," which will remain at 8.
Changes take effect Oct. 7.