A new Conservative TV News Network is in the works according to multiple sources with inside information. A well-placed source close to the proposal told Mediaite that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left. The source, who is engaged in the talks, said a meeting was planned with two prominent high-powered television executives, some under performing conservative networks, and people who have an interest and the ability to fund a new network.
Some of the names discussed for on-air talent were Bill O’Reilly and Tomi Lahren. Many thought Lahren was going to go to Fox news, now we learn Fox News may have some competition. The exact “who” won’t be clear until the deal is more defined, but the source says the pitch is that the network could immediately reach at least 85 million homes.
This news comes on the heels of an article in last weekend’s New York Times. The article painted a picture of a changing Fox News Network with Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, CEO and co-chairman of parent company 21st Century Fox, at the helm. The piece worried Fox News’ hardcore conservatives with talk of the sons wanting to rid the company “of the old-guard culture on which their father built his empire” and bringing “a warmer and fuzzier workplace” that would move away from an “anti-politically correct environment.”
On Thursday, New York Magazine‘s Gabe Sherman, reported that “sweeping management changes” may be coming to the network as well. Sean Hannity was not happy with the news:
The New Conservative network is very interested in Sean Hannity if he were to become upset with Fox News:
“I just don’t see Fox News and Sean having a long relationship. If Sean becomes available, you have 100 percent turnover in primetime and a huge opportunity.” – television executive involved in the talks
It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.