Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has fervently denied the widespread rumors that he already has plans to launch a conservative television network in the event he loses the presidential elections, but Fox News has obtained a memo that seems to indicate that someone is looking to poach on-air talent for an "up and coming" conservative news network. According to Fox News, a casting call has gone out to a number of on-air personalities (including some from Fox News) for auditions to be held Nov. 7 in New York City:
The notice goes on to say the on-air talent the network wants "must be knowledgeable about conservative viewpoints, current events and the presidential election," adding applicants must also "look upscale and intelligent," and should be "outspoken and energetic."
Auditions are being held at an undisclosed New York City studio on Nov. 7, the eve of Election Day.
While the casting call doesn't identify any specific employer, it does suggest initial programming will be streamed on the internet, infrastructure the Trump campaign has already set up through its Facebook live feed where aides have been broadcasting events and counter news programming.
Speculation about Trump's plans to launch a network to compete with Fox News has been rampant since disgraced former Fox News chief Roger Ailes joined the Trump campaign as an informal adviser after his ouster from Fox. Trump further fueled this speculation with a series of live broadcasts on his campaign Facebook page featuring prominent conservative television personalities.
In recent days, the stunning revelation that the Federal Bureau of Investigation has reopened its investigation into Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's private email server has catapulted Trump into a statistical tie in the national polls and revived a campaign many observers assumed to be dead only a week ago. Of course, a Trump victory on Election Day would complicate any plans for a Trump branded television network, but it appears that someone is making contingency plans, just in case.