There’s a big change coming to television — and a former Fox News superstar is coming back on the air.
But it’s not the triumphant return to cable news primetime many had predicted. Instead, former Fox News and MSNBC host Greta Van Susteren will be returning to local television news with a new show, “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren.”
The weekly political opinion show will air on the local news markets of 28 percent of American televisions — 93 total stations, including Chicago and Milwaukee.
It’s scheduled to be broadcast on Sundays.
“We believe viewers will embrace Ms. Van Susteren’s firm but tough approach with elected and other leaders to bolster the trusted, quality news our viewers already depend upon,” Gray Television chairman and CEO Hilton Howell Jr. said in a press statement.
“Our goal is to provide critical information without bias to allow viewers to form their own opinions and reach their own decisions by exploring all sides of a complex issue,” Howell said.
Van Susteren is a longtime veteran of Fox News, where she hosted the 10:00 pm primetime show “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren” between 2002 and 2016. She was later replaced by Fox News’ Tucker Carlson.
Van Susteren has also anchored at CNN and MSNBC at various points in her career.
Since leaving cable news in 2017, Van Susteren has anchored for the Voice of America show, “Plugged In” and released a tech app called Sorry, which allows celebrities a platform to issue public apologies.
“While [Gray Television] plans to roll ‘Full Court Press’ nationally, the program is expected to immediately attract locally targeted political advertising,” The Los Angeles Times reported. “The company owns three stations in Iowa, where the Democrats will hold their first caucus in the race to pick the party’s nominee to oppose President Trump in 2020, and has outlets reaching early primary states such as New Hampshire and South Carolina.”
“Gray also has a presence in Florida, Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania, all states that will be battlegrounds in the national election.”
“Politics begins in local markets. I am now the local media,” Van Susteren told The Times. “I’m going to reach their voters.”
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