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FOX News announces new prime-time lineup

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The Fox News Channel’s new evening programming schedule will premiere on Oct. 7, with another show joining what is already cable news’ top-rated lineup.

“On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren will air at 7 p.m. ET, followed by “The O’Reilly Factor,” continuing in its 8 p.m. slot. Megyn Kelly then debuts her new show, “The Kelly File,” at 9 p.m., followed immediately by “Hannity” at 10 p.m. Chief News Anchor and Managing Editor Shepard Smith will be available throughout to insert the latest breaking news via the FOX News Deck.

The evening’s new entrant, “The Kelly File” will focus on late-breaking news stories and in-depth investigative reporting. The show will air in a live format, embrace a stronger social media presence, and will capitalize on Kelly’s skills as a former litigator. The spot is a new venture for Kelly, who previously hosted “America Live” during the day.

“In 2003, I was an unhappy lawyer, and made a decision to change my life,” Kelly said in a statement. “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.’”

Van Susteren is excited by her move to an earlier time. "After 11-and-a-half years number one at 10 p.m. and driving home near midnight, I am 'to the moon thrilled’ at a new challenge (and a new drive! Half the year I won't even need headlights!)."

Immediately following “On the Record,” “The O’Reilly Factor” will continue to air at 8 p.m., uncovering news items from the established wisdom, operating against the grain of more traditional interview style programs. O’Reilly has had the number one cable news program since 2001.

Sean Hannity, meanwhile, is looking forward to the change in his time slot. “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.”

Ailes, FOX News Chairman and CEO, said with the top 13 shows in cable news, “FOX News already redefined prime-time viewing to extend well beyond the antiquated 8-11 p.m. format. We’ve developed a deep bench of engaging and thought-provoking personalities that have grown with FOX News as it has evolved into the most influential and successful cable network in television. These changes will enable the network to continue setting the industry standard for years to come.”

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