FOX News has chosen someone to take over the 3 PM slot vacated by Shepard Smith last month.
Bill Hemmer, who has been the host of the morning show “America’s Newsroom” is getting the spot.
USA Today reports:
Fox News announces Bill Hemmer will take over Shepard Smith’s time slot
Approximately two months after anchor Shepard Smith surprised audiences by departing Fox News, Bill Hemmer was announced as his replacement in the 3 p.m. EST hour on the conservative-leaning cable news network.
Fox News’ President and Executive Editor Jay Wallace said in a news release that Hemmer will depart his 9 a.m. time slot alongside Sandra Smith on “America’s Newsroom.” The new show will be titled “Bill Hemmer Reports.”
“Bill is an incredible newsman and his ability to cut to the heart of the story while humanizing major events has made him a standout talent in news,” Wallace said in an emailed statement. “As we start gearing up for the 2020 election, we are thrilled to have him lead our news division through what will sure to be an eventful year.”
Hemmer said, “As a journalist, l am extremely grateful for this opportunity. 2020 will undoubtedly be a year of great significance. Leading our breaking news division with a signature hour has enormous value to me, personally, and to our audience. We’ve got a fantastic team here, and I am excited to get to work.”
Hemmer spoke about the decision on the air:
Lots of folks at FOX have congratulated Hemmer:
— Martha MacCallum (@marthamaccallum) December 9, 2019
Happy for my old pal @BillHemmer – we launched America’s Newsroom together in Jan 2007 and it has been a big success w/Bill at the helm. More great stuff coming Bill’s way, all of it well deserved. https://t.co/dOpF4TPLH8
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) December 9, 2019
— Bret Baier (@BretBaier) December 9, 2019
Congratulations to Mr. Hemmer! We will be watching.