NBC News, which recently lured Megyn Kelly away from Fox News, reportedly wants to take a more conservative approach.
According to Page Six, citing unnamed sources, NBC and MSNBC want to be the “next Fox News.”
The reported shift in tone for NBC would make sense in light of the company recently hiring both Kelly and Greta Van Susteren, another former Fox News star, who will host “For the Record” on MSNBC.
Kelly will reportedly take over a one-hour block of NBC’s “Today Show.”
As the report points out, NBC reps denied any inclination toward more conservative news content and said the only thing NBC is “‘tilting toward’ is even more good journalism.”
That comment aligns with a statement from Andrew Lack, chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, after the group announced the hiring of Kelly.
“Megyn is an exceptional journalist and news anchor, who has had an extraordinary career,” Lack said. “She’s demonstrated tremendous skill and poise, and we’re lucky to have her.”
If there’s any truth to the reports that NBC News is considering becoming more like Fox News, it could trace back to President Donald Trump’s opinions of NBC News and other NBC brands including “Saturday Night Live.”
Actor Alec Baldwin has repeatedly drawn the ire of Trump with his impression of the president on SNL.
NBC also aired the leaked tape of Trump’s offensive comments during a taping of Access Hollywood. Following that, Trump said during a speech that Comcast’s purchase of NBCUniversal focused too much power in the company and that he would explore breaking up the conglomerate.