Fox News aside, blanket TV coverage for the Jan. 6 hearing

LOS ANGELES – TV viewers, with the exception of Fox News Channel, will find near-exhaustive prime-time coverage of a congressional hearing Thursday on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

Fox News will cover the first of a series of public House Select Committee hearings as “news orders,” a press release said, otherwise the regular lineup including “Tucker Carlson Tonight” will remain. Fox Business Network, Fox News Digital and other affiliates will host the hearing, with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum co-moderating.

On the broadcast side, Fox affiliate stations and Fox Corp stations have the option, but not the obligation, to hold the hearing, the company said. With Fox News out of the planned mix — barring a post-hearing special at 11 p.m. EDT — the cable network’s most-watched coverage won’t add more weight.

While Fox Business is among the top-rated business channels, its largest viewership is during the day, where it has averaged 227,000 viewers as of late. In comparison, Fox News averaged 2 million prime-time viewers and 1.3 million all-day viewers last week.


When asked why Fox News Channel is forgoing full audio coverage, a Fox spokesperson said viewers can find it on multiple Fox News Media cable and digital platforms.

The hearing is reconstructed events leading up to the 2021 riots, including then-President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede the 2020 election based on false claims of voter fraud and the orchestrated effort to topple Joe Biden’s victory.

Fox News’ approach is in marked contrast to the other major broadcast networks and cable news networks that will be reporting the hearing from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. EDT throughout. Fox News will air a two-hour special after the hearing, hosted by Fox News senior legal correspondent Shannon Bream, along with Baier and MacCallum.


CNN’s coverage begins at 7:00 p.m. EDT, moderated by Jake Tapper and Anderson Cooper, and continues with post-hearing analysis and additional coverage, moderated by Don Lemon, beginning at 11:00 p.m. EDT.

On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Nicolle Wallace, and Joy Reid are responsible for coverage, which begins at 7 p.m. EDT and will continue after the hearings with a special edition of “The 11th Hour,” starring Stephanie Ruhle.

The television networks give their nightly newscasters first position, with David Muir hosting for ABC, Lester Holt for NBC, and Norah O’Donnell for CBS, each beginning at or just before 8:00 p.m. EDT.

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Sarah Y. Kim

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