Megyn Kelly to moderate next Republican debate on NewsNation | ET REALITY


Megyn Kelly, whose successful career as a Fox News host fell to earth after an ill-advised move to NBC, and then remade herself as a conservative podcaster and radio host, will return to the political spotlight next month as a moderator. for the next Republican primary debate.

The event, scheduled for Dec. 6 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is the fourth meeting of the party’s presidential candidates. Former President Donald J. Trump, who clashed (and later reconciled) with Ms. Kelly during the 2016 election, is unlikely to attend.

The debate will be hosted by the new television network NewsNation, a 24-hour cable news station owned by Nexstar Media Group. His selection by the Republican Party is something of a watershed moment for a network that is still unfamiliar to many viewers. The network has aggressively hired veteran hosts and producers in recent years, but its audience remains small compared to rivals like Fox News or MSNBC.

Ms. Kelly will be joined at the moderators’ desk by Elizabeth Vargas, an anchor at NewsNation, and Eliana Johnson, editor in chief of The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news site. Free Beacon and SiriusXM, which broadcasts Ms. Kelly’s radio show, are sponsors of the debate. The event will also air on digital platforms and local affiliates of The CW, the broadcast network owned by Nexstar.

NewsNation, which bills itself as a centrist, independent news service, has been dogged in the past by accusations of conservative bias, staff resignations and reports of dysfunction. Recently, it has added a number of well-known on-air personalities, including Dan Abrams, Ashleigh Banfield and Ms. Vargas, who previously anchored “World News Tonight” and “20/20” on ABC. Chris Cuomo, who was fired by CNN in 2021 over ethical concerns, is the channel’s anchor at 8 p.m.

The network has also hired numerous former Fox News employees. They include Chris Stirewalt, the former Fox News political editor who was fired over his role in the network’s election night call in Arizona that angered Trump, and Leland Vittert, a former correspondent who left the network. after his critical report on Mr. Trump angered Lachlan Murdoch, chief executive of Fox News’ parent company. Cherie Grzech, who led Fox News’ political and campaign coverage for many years, is also now at the network.

Political parties often partner with a major television or cable channel to host their primary debates, with an eye to achieving the largest audience possible. Sean Compton, the Nexstar executive who oversees NewsNation, said Thursday that the debate would be “an opportunity to introduce more Americans” to the network’s “exceptional journalism.”

Other participants suggested that viewers might expect a different tone. Johnson of The Free Beacon said the debate would occur “outside the echo chamber of the mainstream media” and would give Republicans “a debate in which conservative ideas and values ​​will be the terrain and not the aim”.

Mrs. Kelly, for her part, promised an entertaining evening. “It will be the daisy of the debates,” she said in a statement. “Spicy, fun and somewhat intoxicating. I’m waiting excited”.

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