In addition to Fox News, TV coverage on Blanket TV for January. 6 Rumor | entertainment news

Lynn Elber, AP TV Writer

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Television viewers will see almost uninterrupted coverage of the congressional hearings on Thursday, January 1. 6 Riot in the Capitol, except for the Fox News channel.

Fox News will be covering the first of a series of House Select Committee public hearings as “news,” the press release said, otherwise leaving its usual lineup intact, including “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” Fox Business Network, Fox News Digital, and other corporations will host hearings, with Fox News’ Bret Baier and Martha McCallum serving as co-hosts.

In terms of broadcasting, Fox affiliates and owned by Fox Corp. will have the option, but not the obligation, to hold a hearing, the company said. Since Fox News isn’t on the scheduled list—with the exception of a special post-hearing broadcast at 11:00 pm ET—the most-watched cable network won’t add any weight to the coverage.

While Fox Business is among the most popular business channels, it has peak viewership during the daytime, with a recent average of 227,000 viewers. By comparison, last week Fox News had an average of 2 million viewers in prime time, and 1.3 million all-day viewers.

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Asked why Fox News Channel is pulling out of full coverage of the hearings, a Fox spokesperson said viewers can find it on multiple Fox News Media cable and digital platforms.

The hearing will reconstruct the events leading up to the 2021 riots, including then-President Donald Trump’s refusal to concede in the 2020 election based on false allegations of voter fraud and an orchestrated attempt to reverse Joe Biden’s victory.

Fox News’s approach differs markedly from other major broadcast networks and cable news channels, which will cover the hearings in full from 8-10 pm ET. Fox News will air a two-hour post-hearing special hosted by Fox News Chief Legal Correspondent Shannon Brim, joined by Bayer and McCallum.

CNN’s coverage will begin at 7:00 pm ET, hosted by Jake Tupper and Anderson Cooper, and resume with analysis following hearings and further reporting hosted by Don Lemon, starting at 11:00 pm EST.

On MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Nicole Wallace, and Joy Reid are in charge of the coverage, which begins at 7:00 pm ET and continues after the hearing with the 11 Hour Special with Stephanie Rule.

Broadcast networks prioritize their late night news anchors with David Muir on ABC, Lester Holt on NBC and Nora O’Donnell on CBS, each starting or closing at 8:00 pm ET.

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