Fox News Talk
|Broadcast area||United States
|Branding||Fox News Talk|
|First air date||January 2, 2006|
|Format||News / Talk radio|
|Class||Satellite Radio Station|
|Owner||Fox News Channel (21st Century Fox)|
|Webcast||Listen Live! (WMA)|
Fox News Talk is a satellite radio channel that showcases talk shows and news reports from Fox News Channel personalities, along with other Fox News and talk programming. Fox News Talk carries a combination of Fox News syndicated radio programming, Fox News Channel show audio simulcasts, and Fox newscasts at the top of the hour.
Fox News radio programs carried include shows hosted by FNC personalities John Gibson, Alan Colmes, and Brian Kilmeade. Also carried is the satellite-exclusive show Fox Across America with Spencer Hughes, along with a Fox News Radio program hosted by Fox Business Network anchor Tom Sullivan.
The radio show hosted by Sean Hannity, which predates the formation of the Fox News radio division, is not carried by Fox News Talk. Premiere Radio Networks produces and distributes the show; it can be heard on satellite radio via Sirius XM Patriot. The same was true of Glenn Beck's show during his time with Fox News Channel.
After an advertisement appeared from XM Satellite Radio stating that Fox News Channel would soon be "only heard on XM Satellite Radio" and another stated to hear Fox News Talk "you can't be Sirius", FNC's programming vanished from Sirius Satellite Radio for unknown reasons, then returned to Sirius later. Despite pleas made to Sirius listeners by hosts Tony Snow (then) and Alan Colmes to ask Sirius to keep Fox News Channel programming, on January 1, 2006, FNC programming again disappeared from the Sirius lineup. On January 2, 2006, Fox News Talk premiered only on XM Satellite Radio.
An agreement was reached between Fox and Sirius within a couple of months, and Fox News Talk was added to the Sirius lineup, along with the return of the Fox News Channel audio simulcast, on March 14, 2006.
In April 2006, morning show host Tony Snow left the network to pursue his career as the White House Press Secretary. Replacing him was the duo of Brian Kilmeade, and Andrew Napolitano, with their new show titled Brian and the Judge. Napolitano left the show in 2010, leaving Kilmeade to host solo.
XM Radio Canada added the channel on 2007-04-01.
In September 2007, Tom Sullivan joined Fox News Radio. Sullivan and Fox Across America host Spencer Hughes were former co-workers as local talk show hosts on Sacramento talk radio station KFBK. Sullivan's program continues to air on KFBK through the Fox News Radio syndication effort.
Also carried was Westwood One's syndicated The Radio Factor with FNC personality Bill O'Reilly. O'Reilly was moved out of the live time slot on January 15, 2009, anticipating his departure from the show on February 26 of that year. Fox News announced it would move Gibson's program to the noon-to-3 p.m. time slot, after Bill O'Reilly left the time slot. Hughes's program was re-expanded to two hours and moved to Gibson's previous spot.
Fox News Talk moved to XM 126 from XM 168 and to Sirius 126 from Sirius 145 on May 4, 2011.
As of January 1, 2013, Fox News Talk is no longer on XM radio, but on October 17, 2013, the station was re-added back to Sirius XM subscribers as well as keeping the Fox News Channel and adding the Fox Business Network to the satellite radio provider.
"Fox News Talk" is also the name of the distribution service Fox provides to broadcast radio stations for the talk shows it produces. This service does not include Fox Across America, which airs only on satellite radio, and did not include The Radio Factor, which was syndicated to radio stations by Westwood One.