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Report: Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reilly set to sign with Fox News through 2016

Sean Hannity is about to guarantee himself 20 years on Fox News. CREDIT: AP

Sean Hannity is about to guarantee himself 20 years on Fox News. CREDIT: AP

Deadline.com reported last week that Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, the crown jewels of Fox News, are close to signing new deals that could take them both at least into 2016.

That would mean both personalities will have survived on air for 20 years on the same network, an impressive achievement. They both helped solidify Fox News as the No. 1 cable news/talk network.

The New York Times said both currently make around $10 million a year, comparable to broadcast anchors. O’Reilly has been a top rated show on Fox News for much of his run, with Hannity a solid No. 2.  It’s unknown how much they’ll be making this go around though a renewal deal is likely to be wrapped up soon.

Radio-info’s TomTaylor noted that Hannity probably makes more on syndicated radio, where he is heard locally on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB Radio from 3 to 6 p.m. weekdays. He signed a five-year deal in 2008 worth $100 million, which comes out to $20 million a year.

He averages about 2.1 million viewers a night on Fox News. Although it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, Hannity reaches at least 14 million listeners on radio each week, according to Talkers magazine, and is considered the No. 2 radio talk show host in the country in popularity behind only Rush Limbaugh, heard each day on 640/WGST-AM.

O’Reilly did radio from 2002 to 2008 but never quite reached the heights of popularity in that medium as Hannity, who started in radio and worked at WGST locally in the mid-1990s before he joined Fox News.

And just to give you context how big a deal Limbaugh is: in 2008, the No. 1 radio host signed an eight-year deal worth $400 million, eclipsing both Hannity and O’Reilly. Yes, that’s $50 million a year, with more than 15 million listeners a week.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

31 comments Add your comment

Reverie

April 23rd, 2012
1:56 pm

Reverie

April 23rd, 2012
1:58 pm

As long as they keep poking the left in the eye with facts, the left will insist they are being wronged and demand their removal. I’m not a fan of either O’Reilly or Hannity but as long as they keep exposing the lies of the liberal nut jobs, they are worth every penny.

Shay

April 23rd, 2012
2:18 pm

Aw, It’s cute that you think the liberals are the only ones that lie and bend the facts to suit their needs. Aren’t you just precious?

Sarah Sadler

April 23rd, 2012
2:24 pm

Diane Sawyer reported on ABC that Obama is given the contractors to build our bridges to Chinese companies and Not American companies. Please look into this…….thank you!

Allison Wonderland

April 23rd, 2012
2:25 pm

Loved it when The Kimmer called him the Hanitizer!!!

Carlos

April 23rd, 2012
2:25 pm

20 years of Hannity and O’Reilly. And fox news is fair and balance?

Who still buying that.

bob marley

April 23rd, 2012
2:36 pm

Great,

All their listeners are in their same tax bracket, or at least they think they are. Walmart customers thinking they are cavair eaters! Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Goering must be smilig! What’s the Matter With Kansas!!!

td

April 23rd, 2012
2:37 pm

Carlos

April 23rd, 2012
2:25 pm

20 years of Hannity and O’Reilly. And fox news is fair and balance?

Hannity is the only true conservative on Fox. O’Reily is a moderate and for you to think differently means you are either way far to the left or do not watch the show.

td

April 23rd, 2012
2:38 pm

bob marley

April 23rd, 2012
2:36 pm

Can you name a moderate show on MSNBC, CNN, ABC, NBC or CBS?

Gator Actual

April 23rd, 2012
2:54 pm

If the liberals start crying about Sean and Bill, ask them to present FACTS about what THEIR beloved savior and president has done!

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

April 23rd, 2012
3:32 pm

More Carnival Barking from the 2 biggest frauds in tv history.

ITS ALL BUSHS FAULT

April 23rd, 2012
3:33 pm

Fake News for Fakers…

The Affirmative-Action Nick Fury

April 23rd, 2012
4:01 pm

FOX News > CNN

FOX News > AJC

DrudgeReport > FOX News

……..

AGENT COULSON!

WHERE YOU AT ???

Bill

April 23rd, 2012
4:06 pm

Just goes to show you how many stupid people there are in the world. And apparently, most of them are at home, loosening their rope belt and picking their tooth while watching Scammity.

CommonMan

April 23rd, 2012
5:34 pm

Boy, what a life! Get on the mike and spew mindless right-wing propaganda and misinformation for a few hours a day without being challenged, and get paid millions…
How can I get in on this action?

zeke

April 23rd, 2012
5:49 pm

amazing anyone watches slanthead….did he ever graduate? gives hope to all the unemployed..just pander to the dumb masses

JF McNamara

April 23rd, 2012
8:54 pm

Wow, you don’t like Ultimate Nick Fury and you love Fox news. How old are you? 70?

Tejano Chimbo

April 24th, 2012
10:55 am

► I get Hannity and O’Reilly mixed up. Anybody know which one is Fair and which one is Balanced?

Chess

April 24th, 2012
12:13 pm

Hannity Resume

I broadcast hate and divide America based on bending the truth and facts to scare the hell out of white guys in Ford 150’s who don’t research.

Amelia Island

April 24th, 2012
12:19 pm

I would say that’s a sorry dollar spent………………

JD

April 25th, 2012
10:33 am

Always good to have all sides represented on tv. At least you can change the channel when you realize what you are watching is misleading and stupid. Sarah, I don’t think Obama spends his day awarding contracts to build or repair bridges, but I could be wrong. I watch Fox on occasion and CNN too, but neither is a news channel when it comes to what is actually going on in the world. Of course Limberger and Beck are complete wastes of oxygen.

Fred ™

April 25th, 2012
9:03 pm

Well spoken JD.

guy

April 25th, 2012
9:14 pm

The far left and the far right media are making way too much money dividing this country.It’s a shame that most people can’t think for themselves while this country sinks.People(including myself),there is a true God up there who has all the answers.Tune in to Him instead of the news media!!!

SICK

April 25th, 2012
9:21 pm

SICK TO SEE THIS AH, LIAR, BIGOT, PUNK GET ANYTHING EXCEPT A BLOODY NOSE.

NE IS A NASTY EVIL LITTLE BITCH. AT LEAST HIS SOUL WILL BURN IN HELL, FOR ALL THE LIES HE HAS AND WILL SAY.

NOBODY IN THEIR RIGHT MIND SHOULD WASTE A SECOND LISTING TO THIS LITTLE HITLER
WANTABE !!! GO TO HELL hannity YOU SUCK !

The Rattler

April 25th, 2012
9:37 pm

I like Hannity a lot because he’s not scared to speak his opinion with conviction. I’ll keep listening to him as long as he doesn’t get a “tingle up his leg” like some newscasters do. Keep speaking the truth Hannity!!

rationalthinker

April 25th, 2012
9:41 pm

Hannity, O’Reilly, Fox News and Conservative radio are for affirmation not information!

Hetch Hetchy

April 25th, 2012
9:51 pm

And CNN is for indoctrination. Gimmeabreak.

Frank

April 25th, 2012
9:52 pm

You’re really reaching Rodney. Hannity hasn’t been on Atlanta radio since the 90s. Who cares? He is a blockheaded blow hard.

bengit100

April 25th, 2012
11:30 pm

I thought congress shot down building, and repairing the of bridges all over the country? I guess we have pay closer attention, because one of us is wrong. But I think I am right

bengit100

April 25th, 2012
11:45 pm

Hannity is imbecile and a punk. He recommends waterboarding as a form of torture,even though it is not accepted or effective in providing information that is useful information. When he was challenge by a military personal who actually had in done to him so he could better understand how it work. He became defenses and ran away from it. Keith Oblermann offered to pay for it, and he ran. These people are so cowardly.

interesting

April 26th, 2012
7:54 am

$20M on the Radio, $10 on tv show, then the $$ for ads…..then he has guests on radio show that are millionaires and says he wishes he has $$ like them. Sarcastic but really….why even say that.