Since Bill O’Reilly’s April departure from Fox News, a seemingly endless discussion about his next career move continues to rage.
Mediaite reported today that a now-former producer of a Fox News program cites plans to join O’Reilly “in a new online video project that is soon to launch” as a reason for departure from the network.
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The producer also revealed that “there are broadcast plans to follow shortly” but did not reveal anything more specific.
O’Reilly told Mediaite when they reached out for comment:
“We are assembling a team of journalists and are considering a number of options as BillOReilly.com is quickly developing into a major enterprise.”
There had been talk that a Sinclair-Tribune merger could land O’Reilly, or Newsmax, where O’Reilly recently showed up as a guest commentator. Variety reported yesterday that One America News Network was eagerly courting the former Fox News host, and so perhaps they are the leader in this particular horse race. But his comment could suggest that he is taking a similar route as his former Fox News colleague Glenn Beck and create his own digital video network like The Blaze.
This news tidbit is the clearest sign yet that O’Reilly is staffing up to get back into the game of opinion journalism. Mediaite had the scoop in April of a new conservative network being planned as a reaction to what one executive described as “Fox News moving too far left.”