A career move that seemed to be in the cards to industry watchers became a reality today as Megyn Kelly, the second-most watched cable news host, announced she is leaving Fox News Channel and heading to NBC.
According to The New York Times’s Jim Rutenberg:
The NBC News chairman, Andrew Lack, wooed Ms. Kelly away from Fox News by offering her a triple role in which she will host her own daytime news and discussion program, anchor an in-depth Sunday night news show and take regular part in the network’s special political programming and other big-event coverage.
Despite the higher visibility Kelly will enjoy in her new job, along with (one imagines) a raise (her new salary has not yet been disclosed), the move to a mainstream media outlet seems at odds with the journalistic principles she espoused while at Fox News.
As Rutenberg further notes:
Kelly’s exit will upend Fox News’s vaunted prime-time lineup and inject a new dose of tumult just a few months after the departure of the network’s powerful founding chairman, Roger Ailes, who was ousted after several women made allegations that he sexually harassed them.
Kelly’s announcement came in the form of a post at her Facebook page, which appears below.