Former Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson announced this week that he was launching his own media network, promising to “tell the truth about things that matter.”
A few months ago, Carlson was let go from Fox News in the wake of the conservative network’s multi-million settlement in its defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems. A treasure trove of texts sent from Carlson were revealed during discovery in the lead-up to the trial, all which showed how much Carlson really didn’t like former President Donald Trump.
While Fox News has claimed that Carlson is still under contract with him — they must pay out the remainder of his deal, but he can’t broadcast, they say — he took to the social media platform X to still reach people. He’s posted video content there and hosted prominent people for interviews.
His biggest “get” on X was a one-on-one pre-taped interview with Trump that aired at the same time the first Republican primary debate was being held.
The videos that Carlson has posted on X have had millions of people view them, which has substantially exceeded the number of people he reached while on Fox News.
Now, he has launched the Tucker Carlson Network to do even more.
Exclusive content is being offered to subscribers for $72 a year. He plans to continue hosting people for interviews, and will produce commentaries, show behind-the-scenes footage, host live events and host an “Ask Tucker” series. He even has plans to produce full-length documentaries and films.
In a statement announcing the launch of the network on Monday, Carlson said:
“News coverage in the West has become a tool of repression. REporters no longer reveal essential information to the public; they work to hide it. We plan to tell the truth about things that matter – clearly and without fear.”
In an appearance on “The Megyn Kelly Show” on SiriusXM on Monday, Carlson said that when he left Fox News, he lost his entire library of previous material. Now, he hopes he can rebuild that library with his new media network.
While the new network will offer the above content to subscribers, there will still be free content available to viewers on X. As he explained to Kelly:
“The X stuff is not going away. I’ve been amazed at what a great platform it’s been. … The number of people that watch just so dwarfs anything that’s happening on linear television. It’s like a different world. …
“The thing that I really notice is how international it is. It truly is the world’s last, big free speech platform.”
In addition to all the video content he’s planning, Carlson also launched a new podcast, called “The Tucker Carlson Podcast,” on Monday. It’s available on all the main podcasting platforms, including Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
Leading the Tucker Carlson Network will be Neil Patel, who is a long-time friend of Carlson’s and his business partner. Patel and Carlson co-founded the website the Daily Caller in 2010.
Justin Wells will serve as the president, and will be responsible for all content and programming. Wells was an executive producer on Carlson’s show when he was on Fox News.