Howard Kurtz, the longtime media critic, is set to join Fox News as anchor of a new program, the cable news channel announced Thursday.
The story was broken by Mediaite. Brian Stelter of the New York Times subsequently confirmed the news via Twitter:
Kurtz stepped down last month as Washington bureau chief of The Daily Beast amid considerable criticism over an article he wrote about openly gay NBA player Jason Collins that was littered with inaccuracies. Although he insisted that his departure from the Beast had nothing to do with the article, Kurtz apologized for the errors.
Kurtz had served as host of "Reliable Sources" on CNN. Following the backlash over the Collins article, Jeff Zucker, CNN's president, said that he intended to keep Kurtz on board. But the announcement by Fox News changes all of that. According to Stelter, CNN has indicated that "Reliable Sources" will continue and will be hosted by "a variety of people in the coming months."
The conservative news channel said that Kurtz will host "a version of what is now called Fox News Watch, which focuses on the media, with a new format during the weekends."
This post has been updated.