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Greta Van Susteren Back On TV

The former long-time host of Fox News’ “On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren” will be back on television in September, Gray Television, Inc. announced Monday.

After hosting a show on Fox from 2002 to 2016, Van Susteren spent about a half-year over at MSNBC hosting “For the Record with Greta” in 2017 before taking a break from television. But according to Gray News, Van Susteren will be back in September in a new show produced by Gray Television, a network which “owns and/or operates television stations and leading digital properties in 91 television markets including the first or second highest rated television station in 85 markets.”

The new D.C.-based show, “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren,” will air on weekends on all of Gray’s 90+ television markets and focus on what Van Susteren has made a career out of critiquing: politics.

“The new weekend political show will focus on how policy actions, political decisions, and national events impact local communities across the country through a mix of substantive interviews of newsmakers, roundtable discussions, and both on-the-ground and investigative reports from local stations outside the beltway,” Gray News reports. “The show will tap a broad bench of Gray Television journalists from newsrooms across the country, including the award-winning team of Investigate TV.”

In a statement announcing the new show, Gray Chairman and CEO Hilton Howell Jr. touted Van Susteren’s “tough approach” to interviews. “We believe viewers will embrace Ms. Van Susteren’s firm but tough approach with elected and other leaders to bolster the trusted, quality news our viewers already depend upon,” Howell said in a statement reported by Gray News. “Our goal is to provide critical information without bias to allow viewers to form their own opinions and reach their own decisions by exploring all sides of a complex issue.”

Gray will also launch an app and website connected to the show to provide additional content.

Van Susteren resigned from Fox News just two months before the 2016 election. Though her show was still massively successful, regularly topping Fox’s primetime lineup in ratings, she chose to get out, explaining in a September 6 Facebook post that the network had not “felt like home” to her for “a few years.”

“Yes, I have left the Fox News Channel,” she wrote. “Last Thursday night, I made my decision and informed Fox News of my decision at that time that I was leaving Fox News Channel per my contract. Fox has not felt like home to me for a few years and I took advantage of the clause in my contract which allows me to leave now. The clause had a time limitation, meaning I could not wait.” She went on to express regret for feeling the need to leave her beloved colleagues and fans, but made clear that she planned “to continue my career in broadcasting.”

In January 2017, Van Susteren began her brief run at MSNBC in “For the Record with Greta,” which was canceled in late June 2017 due to sub-par ratings.

Van Susteren’s departure from Fox came during a tumultuous time for the network, when several key figures departed for various reasons, including scandalous accusations. Though competing networks at the time painted the “chaos” at Fox as something that might do lasting damage to the brand, the network has continued to dominate cable news.

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