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Brian Stelter: Jesse Watters Doesn’t Wade into the Fringe Like Tucker Carlson

“Tucker in 2023 was not the character that he was in 2017. He became unglued.”

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It’s been a couple of months since Jesse Watters took over the 8:00 p.m. ET slot at Fox News. The network announced in April that Tucker Carlson was leaving the media company; it took a while to find his replacement, which eventually became Watters.

Former CNN media reporter Brian Stelter recently appeared on an episode of Pod Save America and assessed how Watters is filling that time slot Carlson left behind.

While Stelter might not like what is said on Watters’ show, he states that the Fox News host doesn’t steer away from reality. 

“You look at what Jesse Watters does now in Tucker Carlson’s old time slot,” Stelter told host Jon Favreau. “A lot of it is repulsive, in my view, but it is not quite as far off, as far into the fringe land, as far into the wilderness as Tucker was. I think you know what I mean. I mean, Tucker in 2023, was not the character that he was in 2017. He became unglued.”

Carlson’s exit and Watters’ appointment to the primetime slot might have been the prelude to the changes coming toward Fox News’ way. Last month, Rupert Murdoch announced that he was stepping down from his role leading Fox Corp. and News Corp. and will hand the reins to his son, Lachlan.

“I have decided to transition to the role of Chairman Emeritus at Fox and News,” Murdoch said. “The time is right for me to take on different roles, knowing that we have truly talented teams and a passionate, principled leader.”

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Norah O’Donnell to Host CBS Evening News From Republican National Convention

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will originate from the Wisconsin city on Wednesday, July 17th, and Thursday, July 18th.

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As the Republican National Convention is scheduled to begin, CBS Evening News will be on location with Norah O’Donnell anchoring from Milwaukee.

CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell will originate from the Wisconsin city on Wednesday, July 17th, and Thursday, July 18th. On the first two days of the convention, the program will offer extensive coverage of the event with in-depth analysis and also the latest developments of the campaign of President Joe Biden.

O’Donnell will also anchor primetime coverage from 8-11 PM ET as former President Donald Trump is expected to accept the party’s nomination for President. Joining O’Donnell in primetime are chief political analyst John Dickerson, Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan, and chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes.

CBS News will feature extension coverage of the event. Tony Dokoupil will be on location for the network’s morning show. Other personnel covering the convention for the network include Weijia Jiang, Major Garrett, Robert Costa, Ed O’Keefe, Caitlin Huey-Burns, Jake Rosen, and Olivia Rinaldi.

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Greg Gutfeld Executive Producer: We Won’t Be Wall-to-Wall Republican National Convention Just Because We’re in Milwaukee

“If there’s the kind of pop culture stuff that we do in the back half, we’ll still do that.”

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Fox News is taking its entire primetime lineup to Milwaukee for the upcoming Republican National Convention. And while Greg Gutfeld will be on location, that doesn’t mean the convention will be the only topic of conversation.

Gutfeld! will air at 11 PM ET — an hour later than its usual time — during the convention to make way for a special news program hosted by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.

But the late-night show will be in the Wisconsin city speaking with a panel of usual guests. And with that usual cast of characters means that the content of the program isn’t likely to change from its usual format.

“It’s people who Greg loves and has good chemistry with,” Executive Producer Tom O’Connor told TVNewser. “I don’t think it’ll be wall-to-wall RNC coverage for the whole hour, either. If there’s the kind of pop culture stuff that we do in the back half, we’ll still do that. That’s stuff that Greg always wants to talk about.”

O’Connor added that “It was an easy decision” to move Gutfeld! to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention. He continued by noting that Greg Gutfeld being more comfortable as the host of the show allows for more on-location programs.

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Tucker Carlson Network App Coming to Smart TVs

“Our team has spent months developing the new TCN TV app, and it’s about to go live.”

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Tucker Carlson has been off TV since his April 2023 ouster from Fox News. That’s about to change with the launch of an app for his Tucker Carlson Network.

In an email to subscribers, the Tucker Carlson Network revealed “Our team has spent months developing the new TCN TV app, and it’s about to go live. When this app is released, you’ll be able to watch Tucker on your TV at any time.

The Tucker Carlson Network app will join a growing field of smart TV apps in recent months. Nearly every network news outlet has a free, ad-supported TV streaming app with products like NBC News Now, ABC Live, and the recently rebranded CBS News 24/7.

It is unclear if the new app will require a subscription to the network to watch the various video programs being produced by the former cable news host.

Currently, subscriptions to the platform cost $9 monthly or $72 for the entire year.

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