On the Record (U.S. TV program)

Last updated on 11 September 2017

On the Record is an American news television program hosted by lawyer Greta Van Susteren on Fox News. Prior to the show's cancellation after the 2016 election, the show was hosted by television journalist and political commentator, Brit Hume, following Van Susteren's departure from Fox News on September 6, 2016. The show was named On the Record with Greta Van Susteren and On the Record with Brit Hume during each host's respective runs.

The program featured news stories of the day, following the latest information from correspondents on location and officials related to the issue. Like most networks, the program also consisted of analysis from legal analysts of the network and the host on the stories it was following. Additionally, the program also derailed from criminal stories to follow breaking news of the day, as do other programs on the network.

On the Record
former title card for On the Record during Van Susteren's tenure
Genre Current affairs program
Presented by Greta Van Susteren (2002–2016)
Brit Hume (2016)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Location(s) Washington, D.C. or New York City
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Original network Fox News Channel
Picture format 720p (16:9 HDTV)
Original release February 12, 2002 – November 11, 2016
Followed by Tucker Carlson Tonight
Special Report with Bret Baier (de facto)
Related shows For the Record with Greta
External links
Website www.foxnews.com/on-air/on-the-record


From its debut in February 2002 until October 4, 2013, the program broadcast live out of Fox News's Washington studio each weekday at 10:00 p.m. ET and replayed at 1:00 a.m. ET. On October 7, 2013, the show began airing weekdays at 7:00 p.m. ET, replacing the weeknight editions of the Fox Report.

On September 6, 2016, Greta Van Susteren announced that she would be leaving Fox News. Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume was named as the interim host of the show for the rest of the 2016 election cycle.[1] The program aired its final episode, with Hume as host, on Election Eve, November 7, 2016.[2] On Thursday and Friday to finish out the week, On the Record was hosted by two final guest hosts, Martha MacCallum and Ed Henry, with Friday, November 11, 2016 being the last On the Record. The vacated 7pm time slot was replaced on November 14, 2016 by a new Fox News show, Tucker Carlson Tonight, hosted by former Fox and Friends Weekend host, Tucker Carlson,[3] which on January 9, 2017, has since been moved to the 9pm time slot[4] following the departure of Megyn Kelly from Fox News Channel to NBC News, thus ending her FNC show, The Kelly File.[5]

On January 5, 2017, competing cable news network, MSNBC announced that Van Susteren would begin hosting a new show on January 9, 2017 for the network entitled, For the Record with Greta, which currently airs weekdays at 6pm EST.[6]

Major interviews

While host Greta Van Susteren a lawyer with an extensive background in law (including years teaching as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School), she also covered political issues, conducting major interviews with people such as former Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, as well as traveling overseas with the White House. Henry Kissinger was often asked to comment on the most important recent events. She traveled to Alaska several times and interviewed former Governor Sarah Palin. She has interviewed Rush Limbaugh by phone. Important Democrats she interviewed include former President Bill Clinton in 2008 as well as US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in both 2009 and 2013.[7][8]


In late 2005, there was considerable coverage by On the Record of the Natalee Holloway affair. As the year wore on, coverage of the story moved from the actual case to Beth Holloway-Twitty's endeavors.[9] Additionally, the story brought On the Record its highest ratings to date,[10] keeping the story on the front burner, though essentially no new information came to light. This coverage was labeled "missing white woman syndrome".[11]

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Preceded by
Special Report with Bret Baier
Hannity (replay)
Fox News Channel Weekday Lineup
7 PM ET - 8 PM ET
2 AM ET - 3 AM ET
Succeeded by
The O'Reilly Factor
Red Eye

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