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Fox anchor veteran Chris Wallace leaves network after 18 years for new adventure

Veteran host Chris Wallace signed his “Fox News Sunday” show after 18 years to join CNN’s new streaming service, dealing a blow to Fox’s news operation at the time. Their point of view has become dominant. arrived within two hours of his last Fox show. The streaming service is slated to launch in early 2022. “This is the last time, and I say this with real sadness, we’ll meet like this,” said Wallace, 74, said during a broadcast on the Fox network and later replayed on the Fox News Channel. “Eighteen years ago, the bosses here at Fox promised me they would never interfere with a guest I booked or a question I asked. And they kept that promise. “Wallace was a veteran broadcaster for the television network, working at both ABC and NBC News, before the late Roger Ailes lured him to Fox with the promise of his own Sunday show. Methodical and never ostentatious – in contrast to his father Mike, legendary “60 Minutes” reporter – Chris Wallace is known for his thorough preparation and willingness to ask tough questions for all guests. . , conducted in 2016 and 2020. “He is the most tenacious interviewer in the television business, based on thorough preparation and age-old perseverance,” says Howard Kurtz, host of the show. Media Buzz” of Fox said. “He has seasoned judgment. that just comes from so many years of covering political issues and he is possibly the best debate moderator ever. “Kurtz said it was” a huge loss for Fox News, no doubt about that. “Wallace often agrees with Fox and rarely puts them out in the open, although in 2017 he said it was “bad form” for opinion leaders to criticize the media. the country’s leaders joined in, Wallace said Sunday. “It was a great trip.” His announcement even surprised guests on his show on Sunday; they were not forewarned. Fox said a rotating series of guest news hosts will replace Wallace until the permanent host is named. Shepard Smith left in 2019 and is currently doing a news show at CNBC. Bret Baier remains at Fox as the host of the Washington-based evening news program, in contrast to when Smith left, Wallace was nearing the end of his contract with Fox, an unnamed network executive for the company. know the right to discuss the matter publicly. Fox said Wallace will be replaced by a series of alternate guests, including Baier, John Roberts, Shannon Bream, Martha MacCallum, Neil Cavuto, Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer. Wallace and Baier protested to Fox executives about some of the more hardline shows, notably Carlson’s documentary about the January 6 Capitol uprising, “Patriot Purge,” which was released broadcast on Fox’s streaming service. Two Fox contributors, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, cite that show choosing to exit the network. “I expect the freedom and flexibility to interview protagonists across the entire news spectrum – and find new ways to tell stories,” he said. CNN has more details about Wallace’s new role coming. He’s the biggest name among the hires at CNN+, which also brought on former NBC News broadcaster Kasie Hunt and business journalist Scott Galloway.

Veterans anchor Chris Wallace signed a deal with its “Fox News Sunday” show after 18 years to join CNN’s new streaming service, dealing a blow to Fox’s news operation at a time when its views have become should be superior.

CNN’s announcement that Wallace would join CNN+ as an anchor came within two hours of his last Fox show. The streaming service is expected to launch in early 2022.

“This is the last time, and I say this with real sadness, we will meet like this,” Wallace, 74, said on his show, which aired on the Fox network and later. replayed on Fox News Channel. “Eighteen years ago, the bosses here at Fox promised me they would never interfere with a guest I booked or a question I asked. And they kept that promise.”

Wallace was a veteran television network broadcaster, working at both ABC and NBC News, before the late Roger Ailes lured him to Fox with the promise of his own Sunday show. Methodical and never ostentatious – in contrast to his father Mike, legendary “60 Minutes” reporter – Chris Wallace is known for his thorough preparation and willingness to ask tough questions for all. guests as well.

He was the first Fox News personality to control a presidential debate, doing it in 2016 and 2020.

“He’s the most tenacious interviewer in the TV business, based on thorough preparation and age-old perseverance,” said Howard Kurtz, host of Fox’s Media Buzz. covers political issues and he’s possibly the best debate moderator ever”.

Kurtz said it was “a huge loss for Fox News, no doubt about that.”

Wallace often agrees with Fox’s views and rarely makes them public, though in 2017 he said it was “bad form” for hosts to rate the media.

“I have been free to report to the best of my ability, to bring forth the stories that I think are important, to hold the leaders of our country accountable,” Wallace said Sunday. “It was a great trip.”

His announcement even surprised the guests on his show on Sunday; they were not forewarned. Fox said a series of rotating guest news anchors will take over from Wallace until a permanent host is named.

Wallace is one of a trio of stand-out straight-to-the-pointers at Fox, who pitch in opposition to well-known opinion piece hosts like Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity. Shepard Smith left in 2019 and is currently doing a news show at CNBC. Bret Baier remains at Fox as the host of the Washington-based evening news program.

Contrary to when Smith left, Wallace was nearing the end of his contract with Fox, one network executive said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly. Fox said Wallace will be replaced by a rotating lineup of guests, including Baier, John Roberts, Shannon Bream, Martha MacCallum, Neil Cavuto, Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer.

There was a report from NPR this fall that Wallace and Baier protested to Fox executives about some of the more hardline opinion shows, particularly Carlson’s documentary about the Capitol uprising. January 6, “Patriot Purge,” aired on Fox’s streaming service. Two Fox contributors, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, cited that show as opting out of the network.

Wallace says he wants to “try something new, go beyond politics to all the things that interest me.”

In the CNN announcement, he said, “I look forward to new freedom and flexibility when it comes to interviewing protagonists across the news – and finding new ways to tell stories.”

CNN said there will be more details about Wallace’s new role. He’s the biggest name among the hires at CNN+, which also brought on former NBC News broadcaster Kasie Hunt and business journalist Scott Galloway.

https://www.kcra.com/article/fox-anchor-chris-wallace-leaving-network/38494864 Fox anchor veteran Chris Wallace leaves network after 18 years for new adventure

JOE HERNANDEZ

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