Fox News To Debut 'The Five'

by , Jun 30, 2011, 6:00 PM
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With Glenn Beck's show ending this month, Fox News will start up "The Five," an ensemble opinion show featuring revolving hosts, hoping to draw a bigger list of TV advertisers.

Some of the personalities for "The Five" include: Greg Gutfeld, Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Geraldo Rivera, Andrea Tantaros, Eric Bolling, Monica Crowley, Bob Beckel and Kimberly Guilfoyle.

The program, which will debut July 11, will have other guests -- politicians, celebrities, sports figures and key newsmakers. Beck's show aired on Fox News for two-and-a-half years and ended on June 30.

Although Beck's cable news/opinion show was highly rated -- drawing in 2 million-plus viewers -- "Glenn Beck" has had some massive troubles with TV advertisers.

In 2009, reports suggest that up to 60 national TV advertisers opted out of sponsoring the show because of Beck's controversial comments. But many of these TV marketers did not leave Fox News entirely, shifting their media buys to other network news shows.

Fox News says the program will serve as a replacement for Glenn Beck during the summer. In April of this year, Fox News announced Beck will be ending his show by July 1. Beck will be moving his opinion show online via his GBTV.com digital area in September.

Bill Shine, executive vice president of programming for Fox News, stated: "'The Five' brings together an eclectic group of Fox talent whose knowledge of key issues and unique insights will undoubtedly make for a dynamic program."

Fox says prior to the launch of "The Five," Fox News will run encore presentations of "Glenn Beck" from Monday, July 4 through Friday, July 8.

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