The much expected bidding war for the services of Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly has apparently fizzled, due in part to Rupert Murdoch’s indication last week that he wants to re-sign the star anchor and was willing to meet her asking price of a $20 million annual salary.
According to Vanity Fair, CNN, ABC and CBS are passing on the opportunity to hire Kelly:
“One CNN insider explained, ‘of course we would love to have her,’ before noting that poaching Kelly, given the likely cost of her contract, ‘is not something we are seriously considering.’ Instead, this person elaborated, CNN is investing more in documentary-style programming after the election. ‘I don’t believe anyone is pursuing her other than Fox at this point,’ said one ABC insider. A source close to CBS said that they are not making an offer, either. (The person close to Kelly noted that discussions with rival executives were ongoing.)”
If that’s true, that really only leaves NBC and MSNBC as potential suitors. But in this era of tight budgets it’s unlikely they would be willing to cough up the kind of money that Kelly wants.
Kelly has been under fire from conservatives ever since her tough questioning of Donald Trump at the first GOP presidential primary debate last year. Her ongoing squabbles with the nominee have sent viewers elsewhere, leading to some slippage in her ratings.
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