Fox News gives anchor Megyn Kelly her own two-hour show

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In a rare programming change, Fox News is giving morning anchor Megyn Kelly her own two-hour daily show when she returns Feb. 1 from maternity leave and tapping Martha MacCallum to replace her as Bill Hemmer’s new partner on the 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. PST show “America’s Newsroom.”

“We’ve been incredibly fortunate to develop two valuable assets in Bill Hemmer and Megyn Kelly — dividing their journalistic expertise across our daytime lineup will only serve to broaden our strength as a network,” Michael Clemente, senior vice president of news editorial, said in a statement.


Kelly’s new show will air from 10 a.m. to noon PST, replacing “The Live Desk,” which had been anchored by MacCallum and Trace Gallagher. (Gallagher will continue serving as a reporter and anchor across the network’s programming.) Kelly, a former litigator, will keep doing her legal segment, “Kelly’s Court,” in her new program, and continue her regular guest appearances on “The O’Reilly Factor” every Thursday for “The Kelly File.”

“Although I will miss starting my mornings with Bill, I’m thrilled to embark on this new opportunity and look forward to delivering the news during what is shaping up to be one of the most historic news periods of our time,” she said.

Hemmer said: “I couldn’t have asked for a better co-anchor in Megyn but I’m excited to lead America’s Newsroom in 2010 and continue to kick off our daytime news lineup every morning.”

-- Matea Gold