Fox News Channel anchor Megyn Kelly, a star of the U.S. cable network's primetime lineup, has decided to leave to join NBC News in a broad role that includes hosting a one-hour daytime news show, NBC announced on Tuesday.
Kelly will also anchor a Sunday night news show and take part in the network’s special political programing and other big-event coverage, an NBC News statement said.
Fox is a unit of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox. Comcast Corp. owns NBC News. The move was first reported by The New York Times.
Kelly joined Fox in 2004 as a Washington-based correspondent before rising to host prime-time show "The Kelly File." President-elect Donald Trump repeatedly criticized her as unfair after her questioning during a primary debate in the 2016 election campaign.
An ending, and a new beginning... pic.twitter.com/clyKaDpQTW— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) January 3, 2017
Here is the official NBC press release:
Kelly to Anchor New Daytime News Program & Primetime Magazine Show
JANUARY 3, 2017 — Megyn Kelly, one of America’s most prominent news anchors, will join NBC News, it was announced today by Andrew Lack, Chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group. Kelly will become anchor of a new one hour daytime program that she will develop closely with NBC News colleagues.
The show will air Monday through Friday at a time to be announced in the coming months.
As part of the multi-year agreement, Kelly will also anchor a new Sunday evening news magazine show and will become an important contributor to NBC’s breaking news coverage as well as the network’s political and special events coverage. Details about both of Kelly’s news programs will be unveiled in the coming months.
“Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career” Lack said.
“She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her.”
Kelly joins NBC News at a time when all four broadcasts in the division – “TODAY,” “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “Meet the Press,” and “Dateline NBC” – are leading in the key 25-54 news demo and the coveted 18-49 demo in the 2016-17 season to date.
All four shows also won those same two demos in the November sweep period, the first time that has happened since 2002.
Kelly has consistently delivered top ratings while maintaining a uniquely strong connection with her viewers and an important voice on social media. Since 2013, Kelly has anchored FOX News Channel’s (FNC) The Kelly File, which she helped to create. The Kelly File is consistently the number one news program in overall viewers on cable news and first among the critical 25-54 demo audience. It is also the number two show in all of cable news.
She joined FNC in 2004 as a Washington-based correspondent.