Chris Wallace to join CNN streaming service as anchor

CNN announced on Sunday that former “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace will join its streaming service as an anchor early next year.

Wallace will host a weekday show that will feature interviews with people involved in politics, business, sports and culture, according to a statement by CNN.

“I look forward to the new freedom and flexibility streaming affords interviewing major figures across the news landscape — and finding new ways to tell stories,” Wallace said in the statement.

CNN chief Jeff Zucker praised Wallace for his tenure as a journalist and said he would be helping the network build its new streaming service.

“It is not often that a news organization gets the opportunity to bring someone of Chris Wallace’s caliber on board. He is as fine a journalist as there is in our business. This speaks volumes about our commitment to journalism and CNN+, and we are thrilled to have Chris on the ground floor of helping us build the next generation of CNN and news,” Zucker said.

Wallace announced earlier Sunday morning that he was leaving Fox News, saying he wanted to pursue opportunities “beyond politics.”

“I’m ready for a new adventure,” he added during his final “Fox News Sunday” appearance. “And I hope you’ll check it out.”

Fox News Media said in a statement that the company is “extremely proud of our journalism and the stellar team that Chris Wallace was a part of for 18 years.” It added that “Fox News Sunday” will have a list of rotating hosts until a permanent replacement is selected.

Wallace is the son of famed “60 Minutes” reporter Mike Wallace. He began his career in broadcast journalism at NBC News in 1975 and later worked for ABC News for 15 years before joining Fox in 2003.

Updated 12:24 p.m.

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