Chris Wallace to Join CNN Plus After Fox News Channel Departure

He was also the first Fox News anchor to moderate a general-election presidential debate, in 2016. Wallace is the first employee in Fox News Channel’s 25 years of existence to get nominated for an Emmy, for his July 2018 meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Wallace tested negative. He also moderated a debate between then-President Donald Trump and then-challenger Joe Biden before the 2020 election. The debate proved chaotic as the two candidates parried around Wallace's efforts to keep order. But he lent credibility to a network with opinion hosts who often generate controversy. Subsequently, President Trump revealed he had tested positive for coronavirus and Wallace and other Fox News Channel personnel were tested.
“We are extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of for 18 years. Bret Baier, John Roberts, Shannon Bream, Martha MacCallum, Jennifer Griffin, Neil Cavuto, Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer are among the network's news staffers who are likely to take the Sunday seat in weeks to come, according to a person familiar with the matter. The legacy of 'Fox News Sunday' will continue with our star journalists, many of whom will rotate in the position until a permanent host is named," the network said in a statement. Fox News Channel is expected to staff "Sunday," which has been an integral part of its programing since 1996, when it was launched with moderator Tony Snow, with a rotation of hosts.
CNN has been aggressively hiring for its soon-to-launch streaming effort, a new initiative that comes after many of its rivals have already entered the broadband market. Fox News debuted the subscription-based Fox Nation in 2018, and has since that time launched separate streaming hubs aimed at overseas customers and weather aficionados. NBCUniversal, which backs MSNBC, has also set up a portfolio of streaming products, including bespoke efforts around its "Today" morning franchise; a general-news service, NBC News Now; and a progressive-news outlet, The Choice, that is affiliated with MSNBC.
There is more. ABC News has a new production deal with George Stephanopoulos that has already resulted in two documentary specials for Hulu, and yesterday released coverage of “Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan’s trip to space with Blue Origin. CBS News intends to bring together its linear newsgathering with that of its streaming outlet, CBSN.
I’m ready for a new adventure. The words will be the last he utters on the program. "I want to try something new, to go beyond politics to all the things I’m interested in. And I hope you’ll check it out," said Wallace. Wallace delivered the news himself, in the last minutes of his "Fox News Sunday," which he has anchored for nearly two decades on the Fox Corporation-owned outlet.
 Fox News last announced a contract extension for Wallace in 2017, and his current agreement with Fox News is believed to have come to an end. CNN confirmed Wallace's jump less than two hours after Wallace announced his departure, and said he would lead a daily show during which he would interview newsmakers from the worlds of politics, business, sports and culture.
The network pushed Shannon Bream's 11 p.m. news show, "Fox News @ Night" to midnight in favor of a late-night program led by Greg Gutfeld, which has proven to be one of its biggest successes in recent years. Since the 2020 election, Fox News has come under scrutiny for the amount of time it devotes to opinion programming, which represents its most popular and most watched offerings, and its news content. Fox News' 7 p.m. Shepard Smith, who led Fox News' breaking-news coverage for years and sometimes challenged opinion hosts like Tucker Carlson on air, parted ways with the network in 2019, and has subsequently taken the reins of an evening-news program on CNBC.” /> hour, which had been led by Martha MacCallum, was made into an opinion-led hour, and is anchored by a rotating array of hosts.
CNN earlier this year hired Kristin Fisher, a Fox News Channel White House correspondent, to cover space and defense. And CNN famously hired Paula Zahn in 2001, and she anchored a handful of different programs until 2007. Alisyn Camerota, a staple of Fox News Channel's daytime schedule, has thrived at CNN in mornings and afternoons. CNN has filled countless minutes of its schedule with criticism of Fox News Channel, but it has benefitted over the years by hiring some of its veteran personnel.
“People know that I’m going to ask probing questions and that it’s not going to be softball,” Wallace told Variety in 2019. He didn't push a particular partisan side, but instead burnished a reputation for challenging authority. Among Fox News' pantheon of on-air personalities, Wallace cut a different figure.
Chris Wallace is leaving Fox News Channel, he announced on his program Sunday morning, and will join the CNN Plus streaming-video outlet, a move that abruptly sunders the cable-news outlet's connection with one of its most recognized and independent journalists.
In July, CNN poached Kasie Hunt, the up-and-coming NBC News congressional correspondent, for CNN Plus, and since that time has also recruited Jenn Suozzo, the former executive producer of "NBC Nightly News." CNN said in July it intended to bolster its new service with original programming that would make it distinct from its flagship cable outlet.

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