Continuing to firm up its lineup, Fox News Channel has re-signed Bill O’Reilly to a multiyear deal.
The deal will keep cable news’s top-rated show, The O’Reilly Factor, on Fox News for four more years. Published reports indicate that the controversial conservative host will receive between $10 million to $12 million annually.
The contract extension comes on the heels of Fox News's recent renewal of Sean Hannity and the hiring of Glenn Beck from CNN Headline News, and as network mainstay Britt Humes is set to depart, sometime after the election.
O’Reilly joined Fox News Channel in 1996 as host of the O’Reilly Report. Two years later, it was christened The O’Reilly Factor and has been the highest-rated cable news program for the past 94 consecutive months, cuming some 4 million viewers weeknights with its 8 p.m. premiere and 11 p.m. encore.
He also hosts The Radio Factor on Westwood One stations and Fox News Talk. Debuting to 205 stations in 2002—the biggest launch in the history of talk radio— that show is produced by Fox News Radio, and currently heard on Sirius XM Radio, as well as more than 400 radio stations nationwide.
“Bill O’Reilly is the most prominent and influential name in all of cable news, and his contribution to the network’s success cannot be overstated,” said Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes in a statement. “After 12 years, The O’Reilly Factor maintains remarkable and consistent viewership growth, and has firmly established itself as the top-destination for newsmakers to reach a wide, diverse audience.”
Added O’Reilly: "I decided to come back because under Roger Ailes, Fox News is a great place to work. And, if I retired, I know my friends in the elite media would miss me greatly."
Earlier this month, Fox News reached a new multiyear pact with Hannity to continue hosting his two shows. Hannity, who joined Fox News Channel in 1996 as co-host of Hannity & Colmes, will remain with the show, which has led its weekday 9 p.m. time slot for almost six years. He will also continue to host Hannity’s America on Sunday evenings.
Moreover, Fox News lured Beck from CNN Headline News. He is scheduled to begin hosting a weekday show at 5 p.m. next spring, plus a weekend program.