In an arrangement that’s unusual because it comes 18 months before his current contract expires, Fox News Channel political news anchor Bret Baier has signed a new agreement with the cable news channel, TVNewser reports. The deal will keep Baier at the network through the 2016 elections.
The reason for the early renewal is that Fox wanted to secure Baier through the next election cycle, the story notes. Baier follows the network’s top on-air personality, Bill O’Reilly, in signing a new contract, as previously reported. Sean Hannity is also expected to receive a new deal that will take him through the 2016 elections, the piece adds.
Baier’s "Special Report" ranks as the third-most-watched cable news show, with an average of 1.8 million viewers each evening. O’Reilly and Hannity host the most-watched and second-most-watched programs on cable news, respectively.