Newsmax to make Primetime debut with Steve Cortes, Jenn Pellegrino – Deadline

Newsmax has enlisted the help of Steve Cortes, former Donald Trump adviser, and Jenn Pellegrino, former White House correspondent for One America News Network, to co-host a prime-time show.

Ready to debut Tuesday, Cortes and Pellegrino will air at 9 p.m. ET, on the same timeslot as Hannity on Fox News.

Cortes was an adviser and television spokesperson for the Trump 2020 campaign, and was also a political and financial commentator. Pellegrino was a One America correspondent, perhaps the most pro-Trump of all right-wing news networks. She also worked for Fox News and QVC.

Newsmax says the show “will confront and attack Washington’s permanent political class, big business, and the growing threat of ‘awake’ progressivism.” The Newsmax night range also includes with Spicer & Co., Greg Kelly Reports, Stinchfield and Rob Schmitt tonight. Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy said the new show “complements our nightly programming and will continue our unprecedented growth.”

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In Friday’s most recent figures, Newsmax’s prime time averaged 155,000, compared to Fox News 2.05 million, MSNBC 1.82 million and CNN 799,000, according to Nielsen.

Among the segments on Cortes and Pellegrino will be “Battle for America”, to promote “the amazing stories of ordinary citizens, who overcame the disastrous policies of the ruling class, such as open borders, critical race theory and censorship.”

After the November election, while making unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud, Trump urged his supporters to switch from Fox News to Newsmax and OAN. Newsmax saw an audience spike as it focused on post-election challenges. Although they have fallen since the inauguration, according to the AP, they are significantly higher than they were before the election.

Cortes backed Trump in his election demands. Pellegrino interviewed Trump in February, but did not challenge him when he claimed the election was stolen.

Yet the courts have dismissed more than 50 complaints of electoral irregularities filed by the campaign of the then President and his allies, and Attorney General William Barr. stated that there was no finding of widespread fraud it could have changed the result. Newsmax apologized last month to Dominion Voting Systems employee Eric Coomer in a settlement of claims he was involved in vote rigging.

Newsmax also announced that it will hold a town hall meeting on Wednesday with Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida. Sean Spicer and Lyndsay Keith will host the event from the villages of Florida, starting at 6 p.m. ET.

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