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Former Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith Will Join CNBC Evening Lineup

Former Fox News Anchor Shepard Smith Will Join CNBC Evening Lineup
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Wednesday, 08 July 2020 03:42 PM

After giving Fox News Channel the business with an abrupt departure last year, anchor Shepard Smith is likely to find himself more engaged with news about the subject.

He's joining finance-focused news outlet CNBC to host a new evening-news program, marking one of the first major outside hires by the NBCUniversal-owned cable network in years. Smith will start anchoring "The News With Shepard Smith" in the fall.

The program will air Monday through Friday at 7 p.m., and bears a title similar to the MSNBC and CNBC show that Brian Williams led between 1996 and 2004 - before he succeeded Tom Brokaw at "NBC Nightly News."

The move lends a big name to CNBC's primetime lineup, which has been filled in recent years with reality competitions and documentary series, including a show about cars led by Jay Leno and repeats of the popular program "Shark Tank." It will also add ballast to recent speculation that NBCUniversal sees a chance to court members of Fox News' large audience with anchors and programming that might appeal to them, and could use CNBC to do so.

"Information is coming at us from every direction. If we're not careful, life-altering decisions will be made based on half-truth, rumor, misdirection or worse," said Mark Hoffman, Chairman of CNBC, in a prepared statement.

"We aim to deliver a nightly program that, in some small way, looks for the signal in all the noise. We're thrilled that Shep, who's built a career on an honest fight to find and report the facts, will continue his pursuit of the truth at CNBC."

Smith billed the new show as a "fact-based, hour-long evening news program with the mission to cut through the static to deliver facts, in context and with perspective."

He is expected to rely in part on CNBC anchors and producers. Smith will serve as CNBC's Chief General News Anchor and Chief Breaking General News Anchor, as well as the executive editor of his program. He held similar titles at Fox News Channel, where part of his role was to anchor top breaking news stories no matter when they erupted.

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After giving Fox News Channel the business with an abrupt departure last year, anchor Shepard Smith is likely to find himself more engaged with news about the subject. He's joining finance-focused news outlet CNBC to host a new evening-news program, marking one of the first...
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