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Published: Wed, October 19, 2016
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

What Would A Trump Media Network Do To Fox News?

What Would A Trump Media Network Do To Fox News?

Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has held talks to proceed with a television startup on the Republican presidential nominee's behalf, the Financial Times reports.

The meeting bolsters rumors of a Trump media company should he lose the presidential race: Vanity Fair reported in June after Trump had clinched the nomination that he was considering starting his own media platform. And The New York Times reports that Trump himself is not the most enthusiastic fan of the idea. Plus, the Trump campaign has amassed millions of e-mail addresses it could use to promote such a venture, were it to happen.

Kushner and Bourkoff did not respond CNN Money's for comment - nor did a Trump campaign spokeswoman.

But Fox News is seen as less hardline conservative since the ouster of Roger Ailes, especially as anchor Megyn Kelly, who has famously feuded with Trump, has become the new face of the network under the stewardship of Murdoch's sons, James and Lachlan. She remains one of the most prominent faces behind the Trump side of the election fence.

But as The New York Times pointed out, the biggest hurdles would be financing the deal and getting cable providers to include Trump's network in the channel lineup.

Trump's campaign chairman Steve Bannon, who came over from Breitbart News, has been building up Breitbart for years as a rival to Fox.

Ellison reported that Trump TV would be expected to go ahead whether or not he won the election. Right now, Fox News is the most popular cable channel while Bretibart is number 30 among news sites.

There's little doubt that the current Trump team is planning to build some kind of media and political infrastructure for Trumpism in the likely event that he loses.

The Trump TV report sparked considerable debate on social media because Trump long has been a voracious consumer of television and because he rocketed to national fame on the NBC reality show "The Apprentice". The Trump campaign insisted Ailes had no formal role in the campaign, and that he and Trump were just friends.

Trump could also presumably lure certain right-wing commentators away from Fox, including Sean Hannity and Bill O'Reilly, each of whom has their own following.

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