Former Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren is slated to join the MSNBC news lineup. She will be assuming hosting duties for the 6 p.m. time slot with a show called “For the Record.”
Her show will consist of news and news analysis. It will be a transition show between the channel’s daytime programming and primetime. She is scheduled to begin hosting the show on January 9th.
According to MSNBC president Phil Griffin, “Greta is a true pro with a proven record of tough journalism. Her broad range of experience and sharp news judgement will be of great value to MSNBC as we build on our momentum going into a new year and a new administration.”
“For the Record” will be replacing “With All Due Respect,” which wrapped up in December.
Van Susteren said of her new position, “I’m thrilled to start my next chapter at MSNBC. The network is the right destination for the smart news and analysis I hope to deliver every day, and I look forward to joining the talented journalists and analysts I respect there.”
Van Susteren may be taking a note from Megyn Kelly, who also vacated her Fox chair in favor of an NBC job. Fox, despite still being the ratings leader among the major news networks, appears to be hemorrhaging talent at a critical juncture.
Van Susteren bailed on her Fox show “On the Record” after a fourteen-year run. She passed the baton to Brit Hume, who took over the spot until it was given to Tucker Carlson. Now, it will be helmed by Martha MacCallum as Carlson is promoted to Kelly’s former 9 p.m. spot.
She has been posting on social media about her desire to return to broadcast news.
Van Susteren got her start in television at CNN, where she worked for ten years before being recruited by Fox in 2002. Since leaving Fox, she’s been heavily engaged in charity.
The day before MSNBC made the announcement that they had hired her, she said to a Twitter fan, “I have had to tie up a lot of loose ends….I would have liked to move the process faster.”
She also made a Facebook post on New Year’s Day, responding to people who are critical about the journalistic ethics of the major broadcast news entities.
She wrote, “When people work for a large company – including a network – they are not responsible for everyone else who works there. They ARE responsible for themselves. Because I have seen so many comments critical of me for working at Fox, and now the chatter that I may be going to another network, CNN or MS/NBC. Yes, it is indeed true that I am considering going back to TV but that is not the point of this posting but rather to emphasize that if I do go back, like always, I will be responsible for myself and my hour. This is the way it has always been…and if I sign a contract and you liked my show before, you will like it now (I am the same person.). And if you didn’t like my show before? Well…you won’t like what I do now.”