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Fox News is changing up its daytime lineup, moving anchors and reporters to new time slots, and adding a new opinion hour at 7 p.m.
Perhaps the most significant change is one without a permanent host: The channel will launch a new program called Fox News Primetime at 7 p.m. The hour will be led by a rotating group of opinion hosts until a permanent host is named.
The Story With Martha MacCallum, which had aired in the 7 p.m. time slot, will now shift to 3-4 p.m. The change, while still interim in nature, expands the channel’s opinion lineup further outside of primetime, building on panel shows like The Five (which launched in 2011) and Outnumbered (which launched in 2014). Fox’s opinion shows have always been its highest-rated (outside of special event coverage like election nights), so expanding those further into daytime is a significant change.
Fox recently locked in its three primetime hosts — Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson and Laura Ingraham — to multiyear contracts.
As for the daytime changes: John Roberts will step aside as Fox News chief White House correspondent to co-anchor America Reports from 1-3 p.m., alongside Sandra Smith. A new White House correspondent will be named in the coming weeks.
Bill Hemmer and Dana Perino will co-anchor America’s Newsroom from 9-11 a.m. and Harris Faulkner will move to a new hour from 11 a.m.-noon.
Outnumbered will continue at noon, Your World With Neil Cavuto will continue at 4 p.m., The Five will stay at 5 p.m., and Special Report With Bret Baier will continue at 6 p.m.
The changes come less than two weeks before the Biden administration takes office. It is not uncommon for cable news channels to shift personnel around timed to a new administration. In fact, the channel telegraphed in a statement to the Los Angeles Times last October that it expected to make changes to its lineup after the election.
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