Fox News plans new streaming service

Danny Woods
February 20, 2018

The cable news network is planning to a launch a standalone subscription service by the end of the year, called Fox Nation. According to The New York Times, its focus would be "primarily on right-leaning commentary" and would feature original programming.

The venture will develop hours of new daily programming with a mostly fresh slate of anchors and commentators, joining an increasingly crowded marketplace for web-only streaming television.

"Fox Nation is created to appeal to the Fox superfan", John Finley, who oversees program development and production for Fox News, said in an interview with the New York Times.

Fox News has been the most-watched cable news channel for 16 consecutive years and insiders consider Fox Nation another step toward digital supremacy.

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In August 2017 when Fox News hired Tomi Lahren, the conservative pundit formerly with Glenn Beck's website The Blaze, the network said she would have a "signature role on an FNC digital product now in development and will also offer political commentary to the network's opinion programming".

The new initiative will be housed at Fox News' New York headquarters and hiring for the platform will start in the second quarter of 2018. Fox has agreed to sell the bulk of its assets to Walt Disney Co., with Fox News, Fox Broadcasting and Fox Sports remaining behind under the aegis of the company's controlling shareholders, the Murdoch family, The new 21st Century Fox is under some pressure to suggest future plans for its various assets and the new growth it might wring out of them.

Hiring for the new venture will begin in second quarter of 2018 and will be housed at Fox News headquarters in NY. Fox News is expected to make the official announcement Tuesday.

Brian Flood covers the media for Fox News.

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