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What Megyn Kelly's move to NBC signals about the Peacock and Fox News




Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly speaks with Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz on Jan. 28.
Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly speaks with Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz on Jan. 28.
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Megyn Kelly, the Fox News star whose 12-year stint has been marked by upheavals at her network and personal attacks on the campaign trail, is headed to NBC News.

The move was confirmed by Kelly's publicist, Leslee Dart. Kelly's departure deprives Fox News of its second-most-watched host, behind only Bill O'Reilly. Her contract with the network was due to run out this summer. In his analysis of the news, NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik says "Kelly's departure creates upheaval in Fox News' prime time, but also [a] moment to define/refine network for Trump era and the future."

On AirTalk today, Folkenflik will detail what is behind Kelly's decision, plus what it says about NBC which had a series of controversies during its coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign such as the release of the "Access Hollywood" tapeMatt Lauer's questions of Donald Trump, plus Jimmy Fallon's interview with the GOP candidate.

With files from the Associated Press.

Guest: 

David Folkenflik, Media Correspondent for NPR and Author, "Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires" (Public Affairs; 2013)