When it comes to Tucker Carlson, do you like him, love him, and want some more of him?
If so, I have fantastic news.
As reported by The Daily Caller, the man’s got a new videocast coming to the webwaves.
Furthermore, he’ll be hosting a series of specials on Fox’s subscription-based streaming service, Fox Nation.
The Nation’s inked a multi-year deal with the formerly-bowtied host.
But don’t worry — he’ll still be on the boob tube 5 nights a week.
The new streaming offerings will begin in April.
And what all will they entail?
The Caller knows:
Carlson plans to publish at least three video podcasts every week, according to the press release. The podcasts will include “interviews with newsmakers” plus “a discussion of the issues shaping the country.”
Said specials will be released monthly in the form of “Tucker Carlson Originals.”
Per the Caller, each episode will “explore a single topic at greater depth than typically done on a live television show.”
The TV titan released a statement on the new agreement:
“This is my twelfth year at FOX News and I’ve never been more grateful to be here. As other media outlets fall silent or fall in line, FOX News Media’s management has redoubled its commitment to honesty and freedom of speech. I consider that heroic at a time like this.”
In terms of numbers, the move certainly makes sense for Fox.
In January, Tucker Carlson Tonight averaged 3.6 million viewers.
And check out this October story from Newsweek:
With an average of more than 5.3 million people tuning in to his 8 p.m. Fox News show, Tucker Carlson just earned the distinction of having the highest-rated monthly viewership of any program in the history of cable news.
Here’s more from the Caller:
Carlson’s show has increased by almost 35% in total viewers and over 40% in the key demographic of 25-54, making it one of the most successful in network history, the press release added.
Tucker Carlson Digital Products Senior Executive Producer Justin Wells commented on the new plans:
“We have a close relationship with our viewers. We’re excited to continue and expand that relationship on FOX Nation. We have far more stories to tell than we can air in our nightly format. We see this as a welcome expansion of what we’re already doing.”
Tucker’s certainly carved a place in the politisphere: One side of the aisle adores the guy, as much as the other side despises him — see MediaMatter.org’s unimpressed “Tucker Carlson is a Hero on These White Supremacist Podcasts.”
In the television game, that kind of polarization surely pays plentifully.
For those of you excited for a long-form Tuckercast, you can whet your whistle while you wait with Carlson’s 1:20+ appearance on The Adam Carolla Show [Language Warning]:
And for a trailer of the upcoming Originals, see the trailer here.
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