By Tim Kenneally
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - "MediaBuzz," the new Fox News Channel show hosted by Howard Kurtz, will premiere Sunday, September 8 at 11 a.m. ET, Fox News executive vice president Michael Clemente said Monday.
The one-hour offering will "focus on the state of the news media in addition to the media's shaping of current events and their role in politics while also featuring interviews with leading journalists and commentators," the network said.
Kurtz, who until June had served as the host of CNN's weekly media-criticism show "Reliable Sources" since 1998, will be joined by Daily Download editor-in-chief Lauren Ashburn, who will serve as a contributor to "MediaBuzz." On the show, Kurtz "will examine media bias while dissecting news events of the current and previous weeks," Fox News added. "He will also analyze how social media has evolved and the effect it has had throughout the industry, including the stories that are most popular over the various social networks and how pundits use those mediums to deliver their specific narrative."
The series will feature Bing Pulse, which will display real-time reactions to the different segments throughout the show.
Kurtz departed CNN in June, shortly after parting ways with the Daily Beast. Kurtz's split with the Daily Beast followed a mistake he made in an article about NBA player Jason Collins coming out as gay. In an article, Kurtz said that Collins had "downplayed" the fact that he had previously been engaged to a woman in the "Sports Illustrated" article in which he came out. In fact, the engagement was mentioned prominently.
Kurtz apologized for the error, but said that his split with the Daily Beast was an "amicable divorce" that was in the works prior to the Collins error.