Howard Kurtz is going over to Fox News, where he will anchor Fox News Watch, a weekend program that focuses on the media, the network announced this morning after Mediaite broke the story. During the week, Mr. Kurtz will also be an on-air analyst and write a regular column on media for FoxNews.com.
“Howie is the most accomplished media reporter in the country. He’s also a master of social media trends, information good and bad, and a veteran political reporter,” Fox executive vice president of news Michael Clemente said in the announcement. “Altogether, he will add even greater depth to a very accomplished team of reporters and anchors.”
Mr. Kurtz is currently an anchor at CNN, where he hosts Reliable Sources on Sunday morning and was the Washington bureau chief at The Daily Beast until he parted company with Tina Brown’s website in early May. At the time, TV Newser reported that Mr. Kurtz’s “current deal with the cable channel will likely be his last.”
“I’m excited to be bringing my independent brand of media criticism to Fox News. I want to thank CNN for giving me such a prime opportunity over the years and was tempted to continue, but the chance to create a revamped program and establish a strong online presence was too good to pass up,” Mr. Kurtz said in the statement. “I hope to add a new dimension to Fox’s coverage and have some fun while diving into the passionate debates about the press and politics.”
We don’t doubt that Mr. Kurtz will be able to have some fun being “fair and balanced.”