Former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith who is 56 is going to CNBC to anchor a new 7 p.m. newscast. On top of being lead anchor, Smith will also be the executive editor of the news program. The network said the show will launch in the fall but didn’t give a premiere date.
Shepard Smith, who quit last year after clashes with Fox News colleagues, has signed on to anchor a new one-hour evening news show called “The News with Shepard Smith,” CNBC announced.
CNBC has been exploring new scheduling strategies for the post-market hours, and Smith appears to be part of that. Smith was with Fox News since 1996.
“Gathering and reporting the news has been my life’s work, … I am 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.”
“We aim to deliver a nightly program that, in some small way, looks for the signal in all the noise,” CNBC chairman Mark Hoffman said in a statement. “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 said that Hoffman “presented me with CNBC’s vision for a fact-based, hour-long evening news program with the mission to cut through the static to deliver facts, in context and with perspective. I know I found a great home for my newscast.”
It’ll be interesting to see who MSNBC will replace Chris Matthews with by the end of the year.