Two of the best-known anchors on the Fox News Channel, Greta Van Susteren and Megyn Kelly, have renewed their contracts, possibly foreshadowing the first change to the channel’s prime time schedule in over a decade.
Van Susteren, who signed a new long-term contract earlier this week, according to her husband, John Coale, may move out of the 10 p.m. time slot that she has held since 2002. That would open up the hour for Kelly, currently an afternoon anchor, who has long been mentioned as a candidate for a prime time position at Fox.
Coale, a lawyer who represents Van Susteren in contract negotiations, said he was not aware of any impending scheduling changes. But in a brief telephone interview on Tuesday he suggested that she would happily move to an earlier hour, perhaps sometime later this year.
Coale was diagnosed with cancer in December. (Van Susteren wrote a blog post about his condition in February, after he underwent surgery; she did not specify what type of cancer he had.) He is recovering now, he said Tuesday, and “I’d like to spend some quality time with my wife, at least before 11 p.m.” He emphasized that he was speaking for himself, not for Van Susteren, who declined to comment when reached via e-mail.