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Fox News announces new primetime lineup

(MEDIABISTRO) — Fox News has announced a revamped primetime lineup that will launch in October, ending months of speculation about new timeslots for Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren. Beginning in October, Van Susteren’s “On the Record” will move to 7pmET, Kelly’s brand-new “The Kelly File” will take over the 9pmET timeslot and “Hannity” will shift an hour later to 10pmET.

Bill O’Reilly will remain at 8pmET. Shepard Smith, the former host of the 7pmET hour, will take on a new role. He will be the breaking news anchor from the newly-created “Fox News Deck” throughout primetime, in addition to anchoring his 3pmET hour, “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

“As the network continues to dominate with the top 13 programs in cable news, FOX News already redefined primetime viewing to extend well beyond the antiquated 8-11PM format,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement. “We’ve developed a deep bench of engaging and thought-provoking personalities that have grown with FOX News as it has evolved into the most influential and successful cable network in television.”