Chris Wallace leaves Fox News Channel for CNN

Long-time Washington journalist Chris Wallace announced his departure from the Fox News Channel at the end of his weekly Sunday show and will join CNN’s upcoming streaming service.

Wallace, whose contract with Fox News ends this month, was considered the most balanced journalist on the conservative Fox News. As an 18-year veteran of the station, he was the host of the Sunday round table show “Fox News Sunday”.

“Eighteen years ago, the bosses at Fox promised me that they would never mind a guest I booked or a question I asked,” Wallace said on his program. “And they kept that promise. I was free to report to the best of my ability, to tell the stories I consider important, and to hold our country’s leaders accountable. It was a great ride. “

Wallace has long said he was immune to the right-wing rhetoric of Fox News commentators and never publicly criticized the organization. There were reports that he was among the Washington bureau journalists voicing concerns about Tucker Carlson’s documentary series on the January 6 uprising, which advanced a conspiracy theory suggesting government involvement.

Two Washington-based employees, Jonah Goldberg and Stephen Hayes, left Fox News because of the Carlson programs streamed on Fox Nation.

But according to a Fox News representative, Wallace leaves because he has a desire to try something new. He is believed to have a talk show on CNN +, the streaming service that CNN will launch early next year.

Wallace, 74, is the son of legendary CBS News journalist Mike Wallace. He held positions at NBC News and ABC News before joining Fox News in 2003.

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