Fox News has finally announced its replacement for daytime news anchor Shepard Smith, who abruptly departed the network in October.
Bill Hemmer will now anchor ‘Bill Hemmer Reports’ at 3pm ET starting on January 20, 2020.
As Fox News reports:
“Bill is an incredible newsman and his ability to cut to the heart of the story while humanizing major events has made him a standout talent in news. As we start gearing up for the 2020 election, we are thrilled to have him lead our news division through what will sure to be an eventful year,” Fox News Media president and executive editor Jay Wallace said in a statement.
Hemmer will lead all breaking news coverage in addition to hosting the straight-news program from the network’s FOX News Deck.
“As a journalist, l am extremely grateful for this opportunity. 2020 will undoubtedly be a year of great significance,” Hemmer said in a statement. “Leading our breaking news division with a signature hour has enormous value to me, personally, and to our audience. We’ve got a fantastic team here and I am excited to get to work.”
FOX News Deck is a state-of-the-art newsgathering facility that will allow Hemmer, a fan favorite of Fox News loyalists, to oversee all breaking news on FNC. FOX News Deck and the 3 p.m. ET timeslot were previously occupied by Shepard Smith, who left the network in October.