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Laura Ingraham gets own daily Fox News show at 10; Hannity moves to 9

This was posted Monday, September 18, 2017 by RODNEY HO/ on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Confirming news that leaked out a few days ago, Fox News today said it's handing Laura Ingraham its coveted 10 p.m. weekday prime-time slot and moving Sean Hannity to 9 p.m.

Her program debuts October 30. Hannity's move will occur September 25. Rotating hosts will handle the 10 p.m. slot for a month.

"The Five," which has been in the 9 p.m. post for the past few months, will return to 5 p.m.

Ingraham, 54, is a long-time conservative radio host and champion of Donald Trump. Her viewpoints are generally populist. She's strongly against illegal immigration, skeptical of free trade and a basic social conservative. Over the past decade, she has been a frequent guest on both "Fox & Friends" and Hannity's show, as well as other Fox News programs.

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Hannity will now go up against Rachel Maddow at MSNBC. Maddow's ratings have skyrocketed this year and has often exceeded that of "The Five," a rare situation where any show beats anything Fox News airs.

These changes come after two of its biggest stars left under very different circumstances: a disgruntled Megyn Kelly left to go to NBC and Bill O'Reilly was let go after the New York Times came out with a piece revealing Fox News paying millions to women who had accused him of harassment. Plus, Eric Bolling was recently accused of inappropriate workplace behavior and his 5 p.m. show was recently dropped as well.

Ingraham's daily radio show is heard in Atlanta at 9 a.m. weekdays on WCFO/1160AM. Hannity - who worked in local Atlanta radio before going to Fox News more than two decades ago - is heard on News 95.5 and AM 750 from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. on nights without football-related programming.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11: Sean Hannity appears on FOX News Channel's "Hannity" at FOX Studios on May 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Rob Kim/Getty Images)

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