Conservative commentator Tucker Carlson is getting his own nightly program on
Carlson is taking over the 7 p.m. ET time period long held by Greta Van Susteren, who left earlier this year over a contract dispute. Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume has filled in since Van Susteren's departure in early September.
A Fox News spokesperson declined comment when asked about the plan for Carlson on Thursday. But word that the program is close to a done deal already is making its way around Washington circles.
Hume issued a congratulatory message to Carlson on Twitter.
Carlson will be the first major talent hire since former Fox News chairman
His new program, which has not yet been titled, is the surest sign that there are no plans to move Fox News away from its effort to court viewers looking for conservative viewpoints.
Carlson is said to be a favorite of
Carlson, 47, is a familiar face to cable news viewers. For years, he was a co-host of the CNN debate program "Crossfire," where he represented conservative viewpoints.
In 2005, he joined MSNBC, which gave him his own nightly program, "Tucker," which lasted until 2008.
He joined Fox News as a contributor in 2009 and became a co-host on the weekend edition of "Fox & Friends" in 2013. He will be leaving that program for his new nightly show, which will be based in Washington.
Carlson also is the founder of the Daily Caller, a conservative news and opinion website. He likely will take a passive ownership role in the operation once he starts his new program.
12:40 p.m.: This article was updated with a Twitter message to Tucker Carlson from Brit Hume.