Former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith joins CNBC to host new evening news program – nearly one year after his shock departure
- Shepard Smith landed a role hosting a new evening news program on CNBC
- The former Fox News anchor will host ‘The News with Shepard Smith’, this fall
- The show will air Monday through Friday at 7pm, the network said on Wednesday
- Smith’s new role comes nine months after he left Fox News after 23 years
Former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith has landed a new role at CNBC hosting a one-hour nightly news program, nearly one year after his shock departure from Fox.
The network announced on Wednesday Smith will return to cable news this fall as the chief general news anchor for ‘The News with Shepard Smith’, airing Monday through Friday at 7pm.
‘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’, Chairman Mark Hoffman said in a statement.
Shepard Smith has joined CNBC as its new ‘Chief General News Anchor’
The newscast is intended to ‘serve as the perfect bridge between CNBC’s daytime investor-focused news programming and the network’s aspirational business-oriented entertainment programs in primetime,’ Hoffman added.
Smith will also assume the roles of Chief Breaking General News Anchor and Executive Editor of the show.
In a statement on Wednesday, the 56-year-old 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.’
His new gig comes nine months after he shocked viewers and colleagues with an on-air announcement saying he was leaving Fox News after 23 years.
At the time of his departure, reps for Smith and the network insisted the decision to leave was made by the news anchor and only him.
However, his resignation came weeks after he openly criticized fellow Fox News host Tucker Carlson on air for failing to defend Fox contributor Andrew Napolitano during an interview with Trump legal adviser Joseph di Genova.
The cable news veteran had served as the host and managing editor for the network’s Shepard Smith Reporting since 2013.
He originally started off as a correspondent before becoming an anchor for The Fox Report in 1999.
According to the Wall Street Journal, which first reported the story, Smith’s new show is due to air at a time slot that has a smaller audience than his gig on Fox – averaging fewer than 250,000 viewers this year.
Smith will join the network’s global headquarters, which is based in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey on July 13.
More details about the new program will be released in the coming months.