Brit Hume shrinks role at Fox News

Anchor will still be a panelist on 'Fox News Sunday'

NEW YORK -- Fox News Channel anchor Brit Hume will take a reduced role at the network following the elections.

Hume won't retire completely but will no longer be Fox News' Washington managing editor nor anchor the 6 p.m. newscast "Special Report." But the anchor will remain with the network as a panelist on "Fox News Sunday," anchor special events for the channel and also have an office in the Washington bureau.

The Washington Post, which first broke the story, likened Hume's new position as the kind of deal that Tom Brokaw has with NBC. The contract, which has yet to be finalized, will call for Hume to work about 100 days. Hume wanted to reduce his role to spend more time with his family.

A Fox News spokeswoman said she could not comment on ongoing contract negotiations.

Hume joined Fox News in 1996 and has been one of the channel's leading stars. Before that, Hume was a correspondent for ABC News covering the White House and other Washington assignments for 23 years. He also has worked at United Press International, the Baltimore Evening Sun and the Hartford Times.