It wasn’t long ago that Bill O’Reilly was the most popular cable news host on TV. After more than a decade at Fox News, he was unceremoniously fired due to multiple sexual harassment allegations. This happened during an already troubling time for Fox News.
But O’Reilly hasn’t left the spotlight. He has made multiple appearances on conservative radio host Glen Beck’s show.
Now, O’Reilly has a major announcement. He will now launch his own newscast, and directly challenge Fox News. The show will have a similar feel to the O’Reilly Factor.
“I am starting my own operation,” O’Reilly told an audience at a live show on Long Island on Saturday, per Newsday. “We are going to do that.”
The 30-minute show will be available on his website and look like his former program, “The O’Reilly Factor,” the newspaper reported.
“It’s basically an experiment to see how many people are going to want this service,” O’Reilly said. “That’s coming and will be here before September in a robust form.”
On Friday, Mediaite reported that O’Reilly had already hired a production team, including a Fox News producer who quit the network to join the project.
“We are assembling a team of journalists and are considering a number of options as BillOReilly.com is quickly developing into a major enterprise,” O’Reilly told Mediaite.
At the event on Long Island, O’Reilly also warned his former employer to expect some serious competition.
“I suspect there will be another network maybe merging with us,” he said. “There will be a network that rises up because the numbers for Fox are going down.”
While fans wait for this massive undertaking to launch, the “No Spin News” podcast is already available for Bill O’Reilly’s website for $4.95 per month or $54.95 per year. It’s not announced yet if the new show will take the place of the podcast.
And he’s been making live stage appearances with conservative comedian Dennis Miller:
Rainy day on Long Island – looking forward to tonight! pic.twitter.com/xOAdXXuON8
— Bill O’Reilly (@billoreilly) June 17, 2017
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