Shepard Smith, the famous former Fox News anchor will now join CNBC, where he will anchor an hour-long evening news show, according to a Wednesday statement from the network.
According to The Hill, “The News with Shepard Smith’’ will launch on an unspecified fall date and run in the 7-8 p.m. time slot. It marks a departure from the network’s typical evening programming, which frequently features opinion and unscripted shows.
CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman issued a statement in which he said:
“Information is coming at us from every direction. 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. 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.’’
“Shep’s newscast will tap into his extensive experience and deep passion for breaking new, in-depth storytelling and incisive interviews and serve as the perfect bridge between CNBC’s daytime investor-focused news programming and the network’s aspirational business-oriented entertainment programs in primetime,’’ added Hoffman.
Smith issued a statement on his career move, in which he said:
“I know I found a great home for my newscast. I am excited to be working with the exceptional talent at CNBC and eager to build a team focused on uncovering the news behind the headlines.’’
He has a pretty big history with Fox News ever since 1996, then anchored “The Fox Report with Shepard’’ from 1999 to 2013 and became the managing editor of the media outlet breaking news division seven years ago. In the last six years of his Fox News career, he anchored “Shepard Smith Reporting.’’ Smith left Fox News in October 2019.