With the recent announcement of an 11 p.m. news show, Fox News has been expanding the amount of live programming the network offers. Now, Fox News will get an even earlier start, beginning with a 4 a.m. ET hour of the show Fox & Friends First.
The 4 a.m. hour of the show will be hosted by Heather Childers, who currently hosts the 5 a.m. hour of the show, which leads up to the main event, the 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Fox & Friends show hosted by Ainsley Earhardt, Brian Kilmeade and Steve Doocy. President Trump has on many occasions expressed his admiration for the show, and was recently interviewed for a segment on the show.
The 5 a.m. hour of Fox & Friends First will now be co-hosted by Jillian Mele and Rob Schmitt, the network announced. The 4 a.m. hour starts on Oct. 9 and will replace a re-air of Bret Baier's news show, Special Report.
All told, starting Oct. 30, the network will offer 20 hours of live coverage a day. The network's announcement also pointed out that, "with the expansion of the franchise, FNC now has more women anchoring and hosting programs than any other cable news network on weekdays from 4AM-12AM/ET."
CNN already starts at 4 a.m. ET with the two-hour morning show Early Start, which leads into the 6 a.m. show New Day, hosted by Chris Cuomo and Alisyn Camerota. MSNBC's Morning Joe franchise kicks off at 5 a.m. and runs until 9 a.m.