Tucker Carlson will remain at 8 p.m., a post he assumed when Mr. O’Reilly departed — after more than a decade — in the face of sexual harassment accusations. The changes will pit Mr. Hannity squarely against MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, the current cable news ratings leader, in the coveted 9 p.m. hour. (Fox News is still the full-day leader over all.)
Together, Mr. Carlson, Mr. Hannity and Ms. Ingraham form a three-hour bloc of mostly consistent Trump defenders.
A willing critic of the news media and Republican leaders, Ms. Ingraham has at times conflicted with the president, notably scolding Mr. Trump for working with Democrats on DACA last week, but has largely spared him from the sharp-tongued punditry that has made her a favorite of Fox News viewers. She partly defended him after a widely panned news conference about protesters in Charlottesville, Va., saying that “he made some points that were factually right.”
She will continue to host her popular radio program, “The Laura Ingraham Show.” Fox said in a statement that she would also continue to serve as editor of LifeZette, a website she founded two years ago, but would not maintain a day-to-day role.
Fox presented her as a populist voice, pledging that she would speak directly with “the actual people who are impacted by the news of the day.”
“Ingraham will challenge the decision makers to focus on everyday, hard-working Americans who serve as the backbone of the nation,” the network said in a statement.