NEW YORK (AP) – Former CNN mainstay Nancy Grace is signing up for a crime show on Fox Nation, an illustration of how Fox Newsâ€™ streaming service has evolved counter to expectations one year into operation.
Cameras will show her delivering her podcast and SiriusXM radio show, â€œCrime Stories with Nancy Grace,â€ five days a week. The program is modeled after her popular television series that ran on the HLN network for many years.
â€œWe spotlight breaking crime and justice news, help find missing people, especially children, solve unsolved homicides and analyze clues left behind,â€ Grace said.
Fox Nation, the streaming service available for $65 a year, will begin offering â€œCrime Storiesâ€ in January.
The on-demand service recently announced that former CBS News correspondent Lara Logan will host a documentary series on media bias, immigration and other issues, and said more signings are in the works.
When Fox Nation began late last year, it was positioned as a place where potential subscribers could go if they didnâ€™t feel they were getting enough opinion programming on Fox News Channel. Instead, users were apparently getting their fill.
â€œIn a weird way, what the traditional Fox audience wants is complementary to the channel but not more of the same,â€ said John Finley, the Fox executive vice president who oversees the streaming service.
Perhaps the political climate has exhausted them, he said. Instead, heâ€™s found a hunger for â€œprogramming with Fox values but not necessarily politics,â€ he said. That encompasses history, crime and lifestyle programming.
â€œWhat Made America Great,â€ where â€œFox & Friendsâ€ host Brian Kilmeade visits historical sites across the country, is one of the serviceâ€™s most popular programs. So is â€œScandalous,â€ a documentary series on controversial incidents in history. Abby Hornacek is a popular host, both with the series â€œPARKâ€™Dâ€ where she visits national parks, and â€œRide to Work,â€ where she accompanies Fox personalities in a show that recalls Jerry Seinfeldâ€™s â€œComedians in Cars Getting Coffee,â€ only without coffee stops and without the jokes.
Kilmeade said heâ€™s found â€œWhat Made America Greatâ€ a fun change of pace and heâ€™s been surprised by the reaction he gets.
â€œI was able to sit on Washingtonâ€™s head and look down,â€ Kilmeade said, recalling one of his favorite stops, Mount Rushmore.
Finley said Fox is happy with the number of subscribers Fox Nation has after one year, although the company wonâ€™t release any statistics. The market research firm Parks Associates estimates that it has between 200,000 and 300,000 subscribers.
For a niche product designed to attract a specific type of user – fans of the television network – thatâ€™s pretty good, said Brett Sappington, senior research director at Parks Associates.
This past summer, Fox Nation also began streaming a simulcast of the Fox News Channel telecast, which Finley estimated is usually watched by about 20 percent of the serviceâ€™s users.