Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post breaks some fresh ground on Bill Hemmer’s signing with FOX News…
Hemmer is the biggest name to jump from the Time Warner network to Rupert Murdoch’s operation since Greta Van Susteren did so in 2002. The three-year deal is said to be worth more than $1 million a year at the outset.
There were some rumblings at Fox about signing an ex-CNN staffer, but Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes praised Hemmer’s “strong reporting and anchoring skills.” Hemmer, who was courted by several networks, said Ailes was a “significant part” of his decision because “he has a proven track record of winning and has a vision.”
The New York Daily News’ Richard Huff has another take… (via Romenesko)
“I’ve watched the success of Fox News for the past nine years,” he said. “Cable news is vibrant and ever-changing. I’ve always been under the impression that you better keep the viewers engaged, or they’ll vote with their remotes.”
As for the constant, and difficult-to-prove, criticisms that FNC has a conservative bent, Hemmer said to look at his past.
“I think my track record at CNN helps answer that question,” he said. “Based on my own history, my own record, I’m comfortable with what they do. I clearly have watched the product.”