Newsmax is working to pull ahead of conservative rival Fox News, trying to lure away its vital booking agents with promises of higher salaries, two people who have been contacted by Newsmax tell me…

Newsmax is owned by Trump friend Chris Ruddy. The bookers — who try to land guests at a moment’s notice — said they believe his network courted them because it wants to gain their contacts.

They said several other colleagues — mostly younger Fox employees with lower salaries — also have been approached.

A spokesperson for Newsmax did not respond to a request for comment. Fox News did not immediately provide a comment.