Media insiders are buzzing that Andy Lack wants NBC to become “the next Fox News” after he poached cable stars Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly from the network.
“He believes he’s building MSNBC and NBC into the next Fox. It seems the network wants to take a more conservative tone,” a source said.
Kelly was hired at NBC without an official time slot, but Page Six exclusively revealed she would be taking over the “9 a.m. or 10 a.m. hour” of “Today” in September.
We’re told she is getting paid about $12 million a year for the gig, which will include a Sunday talk show.
Some fear Kelly may not be worth the bucks since her Fox replacement Tucker Carlson nearly doubled her ratings on Fox News after her departure.
We hear MSNBC anchor Joy Reid may also be on the chopping block.
“They haven’t renewed her contract. She’s been working without a contract for at least a month,” an insider told us.
An MSNBC spokesperson, however, insisted that Reid “is working under contract. And the network wants her to stay.”
A rep for NBC said, “The only thing Andy Lack is interested in ‘tilting toward’ is even more good journalism.”