Fox News uses signature roster to beef up its streaming service
Fox New is beefing up its upcoming streaming service, Fox Nation, with more star power. After recently announcing the service would house a news program from popular conservative Tomi Lahren, the network has announced a new slate of short-form content that will feature programming from Fox News commentator Sean Hannity, former ESPN commentator and full-time conservative Britt McHenry and Laura Ingraham from Fox New’s “Ingraham Angle.”
Ingraham will be co-hosting her new series with regular “Ingraham Angle” contributor, Raymond Arroyo. The series, titled “Laura & Raymond,” will focus on current political and pop culture news. McHenry will be co-hosting her upcoming series, “UN-PC,” with former WWE wrestler and regular Fox contributor George “Tyrus” Murdoch. The series, which aims to summarize the day’s top political, sports and entertainment headlines, will feature a new special guest each episode.
Hannity’s upcoming series, which is still in development, has not yet been named.
The new shows are just three out of more than seven new short-form series announced today by Fox News. The full slate includes “Primetime Highlights,” a program that breaks down key moments from Fox News’ top-rated primetime programming; a trivia program titled “Quiz Show,” from Fox News Radio host and comedian Tom Shillue; “One Smart Person & Greg Gutfeld,” which features Fox News commentator Greg Gutfeld and one “smart” guest discussing the latest news in a “fun and lively” fashion; “Dana Perino’s Book Club,” a show that showcases selected authors and popular books on a monthly basis; “Reality Check,” which takes a critical look at the news surrounding Washington politicians and “media elites;” “Moms,” a monthly program hosted by former “Real World” star and Fox News contributor Rachel Campos-Duffy; and “Deep Dive,” which will feature popular political commentators such as “The Next Revolution’s” Steve Hilton and The Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot.
“Our short-form daily programming will showcase powerful commentary from our signature roster of talent,” said John Finley, senior vice president of development and production at Fox News. “Each program will provide distinctive viewpoints, whether it be focused on news of the day or topical, in-depth discussions and we are looking forward to debuting this new platform to the most loyal fans in television.”
Expected to debut sometime in Q4 2018, the yet-to-be priced subscription-based streaming service isn’t meant to replace Fox News’ linear broadcast network, according to the company, but to offer content that compliments it.
At launch, the subscription video service will be ad-free, but Fox is expected to rollout advertisements on the platform sometime after its launch.