Chris Wallace to join CNN+ after leaving Fox News

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The Fox News anchor has joined the organisation in an effort to develop another outlet for his career

Chris Wallace is leaving Fox News to join CNN+, the channel announced on Friday night.

In a widely broadcast message from behind his desk in Fox’s New York studios, Wallace announced his decision to leave the network, a move first reported by Politico.

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Wallace went on to say he was leaving the network “to get back to my first love, journalism”.

The veteran Fox host, who is the president of Fox News’s Washington bureau, said he had decided to join CNN+ because he felt there was a lack of quality journalism in the political and policy realm.

“I miss it,” Wallace said. “I miss covering stories with the passion that’s no longer found on these networks. I’m going to be doing exactly that – for CNN+ and for others. I have no regrets and a sense of gratitude and accomplishment for my time at Fox News Channel.”

Wallace first joined Fox News in 1981 and rose to become the channel’s chief Washington correspondent in 1992. He was the host of Fox News Sunday for 14 years, as well as the host of Fox News Channel’s Sunday morning show Special Report, and The Beltway Boys.

Wallace will join CNN+ to “work on a new joint project”, the cable network said in a statement. His departure is a big loss for Fox News, and particularly the weekend edition of Fox News Sunday, which he has hosted alongside his former Fox News colleague Bret Baier since it began in 2006.

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Fox News Channel’s executive vice-president of news, Jay Wallace, said Wallace had “handled the editorial side of Fox News Sunday in a first-class manner for the past fourteen years”.

“While I am disappointed not to have Chris as part of my team, I know he will remain a force in media, particularly on television,” he said.

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Wallace has hosted numerous newsmaker conferences and called on speeches by politicians and newsmakers to meet the network’s standards for fairness and balance.

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