September 20, 2017

Fox News May Add Laura Ingraham and Move Up Sean Hannity

Ms. Ingraham is no stranger to Fox News viewers — she is a contributor at the network and routinely substituted for Mr. O’Reilly, earning respectable ratings that occasionally came close to those of the permanent host. Her star in right-wing media circles has risen along with Mr. Trump, whom she praised during last year’s presidential race as a candidate willing to say what “no else is saying.”

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The Trump administration has courted Ms. Ingraham for a communications role in the White House, but she may enjoy a similar level of influence with the president from a regular perch on Fox News, whose coverage Mr. Trump watches religiously.

Like Mr. Trump, Ms. Ingraham is a strident critic of the establishment news media, and is often willing to scold the Republican party when its leaders displease her. Her support of Mr. Trump’s political agenda would fit in well with her potential Fox News neighbors, Mr. Carlson and Mr. Hannity, who are both ardent defenders of the president.

Ms. Ingraham did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

Fox News beat its competitors in prime time last month, but the network has occasionally finished second to MSNBC this year among viewers 25 to 54, cable news’s most coveted demographic. Ms. Maddow is also the top-rated prime-time news host, a superlative long held by Mr. O’Reilly.

Fox News executives are also aware of fledgling but growing rivals in the conservative television sphere, including the Sinclair constellation of stations and One America News Network, that could pose a threat to its dominance.

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Article source: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/12/business/media/fox-news-laura-ingraham-sean-hannity.html?partner=rss&emc=rss

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