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Take my network, please.
Well, those are not exactly the words TMZ used as it discusses the courtship of Tucker Carlson by the conservative media outlet Newsmax, but it is reporting that Newsmax wants to give Carlson more than just a show as a way to attract him.
The TMZ report is based on what it called “sources with direct knowledge” and said Newsmax is “floating the idea of letting him program the whole channel, not just his own show.”
From a ratings perspective, as TMZ noted, who precedes and follows a show can have a lot to do with the size of any given show’s audience.
With Carlson still in the middle of exiting Fox, there are no offers on the table, but the report said that “network execs have made it clear to people around him, they would basically give him a big say in rebranding their channel.”
According to the Times of San Diego, an online news outlet, San Diego-based One America News might be willing to pay $25 million to Carlson if he would come aboard to join its network.
“It would be great if we could get Tucker! I might give him around $25 million,” OAN CEO and founder Robert Herring told the outlet in an email, the Times of San Diego reported. “And he would be well worth that.”
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