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Fox & Friends
Fox & Friends logo, 2010-present
Genre Talk program
Presented by Weekdays
Steve Doocy
Elisabeth Hasselbeck
Brian Kilmeade
Weekends
Tucker Carlson
Anna Kooiman
Clayton Morris
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 15
Production
Location(s) New York City
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 180 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Fox News Channel
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original run February 1, 1998 – present
External links
Website

Fox & Friends is an American early-morning opinion talk show that begins at 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time with the latest Fox News Live headlines and news of the morning. It continues with a variety of segments including interviews, updates of news stories with correspondents, analysis from the hosts, and entertainment segments. It currently is the top rated cable morning show.[1][2]

History

Fox & Friends evolved from Fox X-press, Fox News Channel's original morning news program.

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, an additional hour was added to the beginning of the weekday show, but branded as a separate show called Fox & Friends First. It was the first Fox News show to air live for the day, starting at 6:00 a.m. It was discontinued on July 13, 2008 and replaced with an additional hour of Fox & Friends[3] The Fox & Friends First title was later reintroduced on March 5, 2012, also as a separate show airing one hour before the main three-hour program, but using a separate slate of rotating anchors.[4] After the show has ended for the day, a short online-only web show named After The Show Show which features behind-the-scenes footage not shown on air, is streamed on the Fox News website. It lasts from less than 3 minutes to 10 minutes.

Ratings

Since the arrival of Elisabeth Hasselbeck in September 2013, the show climbed 16 percent in total viewers compared to its average for the third quarter of 2013, and 22 percent in the key 25-54 news demo. For Hasselbeck’s first four weeks on the show, “Fox & Friends” averaged 1.226 million total viewers, up from the 1.058 that the show averaged for the third quarter of the year.[5][6] In comparison, morning shows from both CNN and msnbc combined to average 792,000 viewers. The show has seen a slight drop in early 2014 but still has managed to draw over 1.1 million viewers.[7]

Political stance

The New York Times wrote that Fox & Friends "has become a powerful platform for some of the most strident attacks on President Obama."[8] The program has provided a platform for conspiracy theories about Obama's religion and, in May 2012, aired a 4-minute video attacking Obama's record as President.[8] The video was widely criticized as a political attack ad masquerading as journalism,[9][10] TIME television critic James Poniewozik wrote: "It’s hard to imagine a more over-the-top parody of Fox raw-meat-hurling, fear-stoking, base-pleasing agitprop."[11]

In response, a Fox News exec vice-president 'disavowed' the video, blaming an associate producer and that the video 'slipped by' senior managers at the network.[12] Fox stated that the show was entertainment and "does not pretend to be straight news."[8] Citing anonymous sources, the New York Times reported that some reporters, producers and executives at Fox were 'embarrassed' by the show, which remains by far the highest-rated cable show in its time slot as of June 2012.[8]

On October 5, 2013, while covering the government shutdown which had led to the closing of a veteran's museum, presenter Kooiman claimed that President Obama had offered "to pay out of his own pocket for the museum of Muslim culture". The story seemed to have been sourced from a spoof news website National Report, and the following week an on-air apology was made for "reporting a story based on poor research that was not true".[13]

Personalities

Weekdays

Weekends

Regular contributors

Former personalities

References

  1. ^ "Cable News Ratings –". TV by the numbers. February 14, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-14. 
  2. ^ "Fox and Friends jump 22% with Elizabeth Hasselbeck –". Deadline Hollywood. October 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  3. ^ Changes at Fox & Friends, TVNewser, July 14, 2008.
  4. ^ ‘Fox & Friends First’ Goes on the Air, TVNewser, March 5, 2012.
  5. ^ "Fox and Friends' with Elizabeth Hasselbeck –". THE WRAP Covering Hollywood. October 15, 2013. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  6. ^ "Fox and Friends jump 22% with Elizabeth Hasselbeck –". Deadline Hollywood. October 15, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-17. 
  7. ^ "Cable News Ratings - publisher=TV by the Numbers". February 13, 2014. Retrieved 2014-02-18. 
  8. ^ a b c d Peters, Jeremy (June 20, 2012). "Enemies and Allies for 'Friends'". New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  9. ^ Stelter, Brian (May 30, 2012). "Obama Video on Fox News Criticized as Attack Ad". New York Times. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  10. ^ Zurawik, David (May 30, 2012). "With Romney now official, Fox News gets shamelessly political". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  11. ^ Poniewozik, James (May 31, 2012). "Fox News Produces Greatest Fox News Parody Video Ever". TIME. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ Bauder, David (June 4, 2012). "Controversial Fox News video: personnel hardball?". BusinessWeek. Associated Press. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  13. ^ Fox & Friends Host Anna Kooiman Apologizes for Airing Phony Muslim Museum Story
  14. ^ "Dave Briggs Leaves ‘Fox and Friends’ With Emotional On-Air Farewell [Video]". Inqusitir. December 30, 2012. Retrieved January 28, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Elisabeth Hasselbeck leaving "The View" to join Fox". cbsnews. Retrieved 10 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Weprin, Alex. "‘The Real Story with Gretchen Carlson’ To Debut At 2 PM On Fox News September 30". mediabistro.com. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 

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