Fox News Moves Shepard Smith from 7 P.M., Adds Breaking News RoleAnchor to Continue at 3 p.m. with New Program; Shift Opens up Primetime Spot for Kelly 9/12/2013 5:18 PM Eastern
The Fox Report with Shepard Smith will vacate the 7 p.m. hour this fall and be incorporated into a newly established breaking news division lead by Smith, Fox News Channel announced on Thursday.
Smith will work as managing editor of the unit and continue as the network’s chief news anchor as part of a multiyear deal to remain with category-leader FNC, which he signed earlier this summer. Smith will continue to anchor the 3 p.m. hour he's hosted as Studio B, which will be replaced with Shephard Smith Reporting, a new one-hour program that will rely on technology and social media to bring viewers the news.
The show will broadcast from a new studio called “The Fox News Deck,” which will serve as a command center for breaking news throughout the day.
“Shep is a premier journalist and one of the finest newsmen of the modern era. He will exemplify the ethos that Fox News is when and where the news is, as it happens, no longer bound by a traditional evening format conceived in the 1960’s,” said Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes.
The shift of Smith opens up the 7 p.m. hour as Fox News has committed to moving anchor Megyn Kelly to primetime this fall when she returns from maternity leave. The network has already signed long-term deals with all of its current primetime hosts -- Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren.