Fox Cancels ‘Beltway Boys’
One of those shows I used to watch but haven’t in years, Fox News’ Beltway Boys, which starred Fred Barnes and Mort Kondracke, has been canceled, Paul Bedard reports, with network execs believing it had “run its course.”
Theirs was a fun mix of the week’s politics, a peppy version of some of the other Saturday media political reviews. They talked about “hot stories,” the week’s big events, and sized up personalities in the “Ups and Downs” segment.
While it’s now off the air, those in the know say that Barnes and Kondracke remain hot properties within the Fox family and will stay on to discuss political issues during special broadcasts and Bret Baier’s nightly Special Report.
My guess is that Fox is desperately trying to attract a younger demographic. Kondracke turned 70 Tuesday and Barnes graduated high school in 1960, putting him in his late 60s. I wonder whether there’s a long-term future for these sort of shows. I grew up on them but the ability to quickly find what I want on the Internet has long since destroyed my patience for sitting through 30 minutes of chit-chat interspersed with commercials.