Bill Hemmer to succeed Shep Smith as Fox's afternoon news anchor

Lawrence Kim
December 9, 2019

The afternoon hour on Fox News Channel's lineup that previously belonged to Shepard Smith now will be anchored by Bill Hemmer, the network announced Monday.

The show will be renamed "Bill Hemmer Reports" and it will debut on January 20.

"As a journalist, l am extremely grateful for this opportunity". In November - when Fox News Reporting was hosted a rotating cast of anchors, including Hemmer, Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, Shannon Bream and Martha MacCallum - the show averaged 1.8 million viewers and 274,000 in the demo.

Hemmer will lead all breaking news coverage for the network as part of his new role.

Hemmer was one of the journalists chosen to fill Smith's slot in rotation after his abrupt departure from Fox News in October.

Hemmer will oversee a team of journalists and producers ready to interrupt regular programming with breaking news as needed. Hemmer will be leaving "America's Newsroom", Fox News' 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ET news program.

Hemmer recently conducted an exclusive interview with Attorney General William Barr from El Salvador, reported live from the USA summit with North Korea in Vietnam and was on the ground for President Donald Trump's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin from Helsinki, Finland.

Hemmer, who joined the network in 2005 after working as an anchor at CNN, now co-hosts Fox News show America's Newsroom with Sandra Smith, where he regularly scores interviews with the top newsmakers and makes headlines for putting their feet to the fire.

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