Seen daily at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET on Fox News Channel, "The O'Reilly Factor" is currently the number one cable news program in America.
The broadcast is designed to illuminate the top stories of the day through spirited debate and direct questioning. Anchorman Bill O'Reilly, who is also the executive producer of the program, analyzes news events, trends and celebrities with a direct, non-politically correct style which affords him the latitude to give his own opinion and to politely insist on answers to important questions from a variety of guests.
"The Factor" is divided into four segments over the course of its one-hour running time. The top story of the day is the lead; then comes the "Impact segment," the "Unresolved Problems" segment and the lighter "Back-of-the-book" block. Occasionally, "The Factor" will include a "Personal Story" segment with an everyday American who has done something extraordinary.
The broadcast ends each night with O'Reilly's choice for "The Most Ridiculous Item of the Day" and a lively mail segment where viewers sound off about what they like and don't like on the program. Often, these letters take on O'Reilly himself, who reads the negative mail as well as the positive.
In its more than nine years on the air, "The O'Reilly Factor" has welcomed some of the most important people in the nation. Guests have ranged from President George W. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice to astronauts in space (a live shot interview) to Rosie O'Donnell and even Sean "Puffy" Combs. "The Factor's" versatility is one of its strengths.
While some high-profile people will not agree to appear on "The Factor" because the questioning is too tough, others relish the opportunity. Senator John McCain of Arizona and Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey told Bill O'Reilly on the air that they feared O'Reilly's questions more than those of any other journalist. On the flip side, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown swore never to appear on "The Factor" again after a tough go-around with O'Reilly.
"The O'Reilly Factor" was created by Bill O'Reilly to fill a void he felt existed in television news. "Too many news programs have become public relations friendly," O'Reilly says, "and the viewer is left with many unanswered questions because the host or hostess does not want to offend anyone. That will not happen on "The Factor."
David Tabacoff is executive producer of "The O'Reilly Factor" and "The Radio Factor." Amy Sohnen is also executive producer of "The O'Reilly Factor." Kristin Lazure is the producer. Ron Mitchell is also a producer. Segment producers include: Nate Fredman, Rob Monaco, Jesse Watters, Porter Berry, David Huppert, Ann Banker, Mary Ragsdale and Makeda Wubneh.