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Fox gives Howard Kurtz his own show, 'MediaBuzz'

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Fox News, continuing to spice up its collection of shows, said Monday that former Washington Post, CNN and Daily Beast media critic Howard Kurtz will kick off a new media-focused show Sunday, Sept. 8.

"MediaBuzz" will be a live, one-hour program that "will focus on the state of the news media in addition to the media's shaping of current events and their role in politics while also featuring interviews with leading journalists and commentators," Michael Clemente, executive vice president for the network, said in a statement.

The show sounds a lot like his former CNN weekend program "Reliable Sources," that he hosted since 1998, and Fox News Watch, the program it's replacing. "Kurtz will examine media bias while dissecting news events of the current and previous weeks," said Fox.

Kurtz is a popular Washington institution and the authority on the media.

He was let go by The Daily Beast earlier this year after a widely criticized story about NBA star Jason Collins was retracted. In a Beast column, Kurtz said that Collins, who had come out as gay, didn't tell enough in a Sports Illustrated story about his former engagement to a woman. In fact he wrote, "When I was younger I dated women. I even got engaged."

Paul Bedard, The Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.