Fox News aside, general TV coverage set for January 6 hearing

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television viewers will find nearly full prime-time coverage of a Congressional hearing Thursday on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurgency, excluding Fox News Channel.

Fox News will treat the first in a series of House Select Committee public hearings as “news orders,” it said in a release, otherwise it would leave the regular lineup, including “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” intact. Fox Business Network, Fox News Digital and other corporate siblings will conduct the hearing, with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum co-anchored.

As for broadcasts, Fox affiliate stations and those of Fox Corp. the ability, but not the obligation, to conduct the hearing, the company said. With Fox News out of the planned mix — other than a special after the hearing at 11 p.m. EDT — the most-watched cable network won’t be adding to its coverage.

While Fox Business is one of the top-rated business channels, its largest audience is during the daytime, where it averaged 227,000 viewers lately. In comparison, Fox News averaged 2 million prime-time viewers last week, and 1.3 million all-day viewers.

When asked why Fox News Channel is waiving full hearings, a Fox spokesperson referred to a release stating that viewers can find the proceedings on multiple Fox News Media cable and digital platforms.

The hearing will reconstruct the events leading up to the 2021 riots, including then-President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 election based on false claims of voter fraud and the orchestrated attempt to undo Joe Biden’s victory.

The Fox News approach is in stark contrast to the other major broadcast and cable news networks, which will cover the EDT hearing from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. altogether. Fox News will air a two-hour special after the hearing, anchored by Shannon Bream, Fox News’ chief legal correspondent, along with Baier and MacCallum.

CNN’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. EDT, anchored by Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper, and resumes with post-hearing analysis and further reporting anchored by Don Lemon as of 11 p.m. EDT.

On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Nicolle Wallace, and Joy Reid are responsible for the coverage that begins at 7 p.m. EDT and continues after the hearings with a special edition of “The 11th Hour” with Stephanie Ruhle.

The broadcast networks put their nighttime news anchors in the lead, with David Muir for ABC, Lester Holt for NBC, and Norah O’Donnell for CBS, each starting at or about 8 p.m. EDT.

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