Fox News Channel on Monday named a replacement to take over the time slot formerly held by Shepard Smith. The AP reports that Bill Hemmer, a Fox News veteran who also previously worked at CNN, will take over the 3 p.m. ET hour.
The new program, which will be called “Bill Hemmer Reports,” is due to launch in about the third week of January. As part of his new assignment, Hemmer will lead all breaking news coverage for FNC.
Hemmer has been with Fox News since 2005, and has been co-hosting Fox’s 10 a.m. news program for much of that time. His move to 3 p.m. leaves an opening on the morning show.
“Smith, who had become known for occasionally refuting some of the assertions made on Fox’s prime-time news programs, abruptly quit the network in October,” the AP notes, adding: “Fox said that under Hemmer, the 3 p.m. Eastern time show would remain a news and not an opinion program.”