Former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is joining CNBC as an evening anchor, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.
Smith’s newest gig will be an hour-long evening program titled “The News with Shepard Smith.” It will air beginning this fall during the 7-8 p.m. slot on CNBC, according to the WSJ.
Shepard Smith will anchor a one-hour evening news program on CNBC from 7-8pm, per the network.
— Joe Concha (@JoeConchaTV) July 8, 2020
The former Fox anchor said he is “honored to continue to pursue the truth, both for CNBC’s loyal viewers and for those who have been following my reporting for decades in good times and in bad.” Smith added that the network has a “vision for a fact-based, hourlong evening news program with the mission to cut through the static to deliver facts, in context and with perspective.”
This move is Smith’s first in many years, as he was an early hire at Fox back in 1996. The former anchor of “Shepard Smith Reporting” left Fox News in October following issues within the company. The anchor was often criticized by President Donald Trump and some viewers at the network.
“Recently I asked the company to allow me to leave FOX News and begin a new chapter. After requesting that I stay, they graciously obliged,” Smith said upon leaving Fox News. “The opportunities afforded this guy from small town Mississippi have been many. It’s been an honor and a privilege to report the news each day to our loyal audience in context and with perspective, without fear or favor.”
Fox New’s Bill Hemmer was named as Smith’s replacement in December 2019 with his show “Bill Hemmer Reports.” (RELATED: Shep Smith Makes First Public Remarks Since Leaving Fox, Talks ‘Vilification’ Of The Press)
CNBC hired ex-Fox News anchor Shepard Smith for a new one-hour show, The News with Shepard Smith, weekdays at 7pm ET, starting fall. Smith gets title of Chief General News Anchor and Chief Breaking General News Anchor as well as Executive Editor of The News with Shepard Smith. pic.twitter.com/lqn6Al95u1
— Eric Deggans at NPR (@Deggans) July 8, 2020
Smith said in his announcement last October that he would not be appearing on another network in the near future, citing his agreement with Fox News. It is not clear how long this agreement was for. His new evening anchor slot “will try to be a counter to news and commentary programming,” the WSJ reported.
“Information is coming at us from every direction,” CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman said in a statement according to the WSJ. “If we’re not careful life-altering decisions will be made based on half-truth, rumor, misdirection or worse. We aim to deliver a nightly program that, in some small way, looks for the signal in all the noise.”