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Shepard Smith to Anchor CNBC Prime Time Show Following Fox News Departure

Shepard Smith to Anchor CNBC Prime Time Show Following Fox News Departure

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The rumor had been floating around for weeks, but it is official, Shepard Smith will be back in prime time on cable news.

Shepard Smith, the former Fox News host, is joining CNBC as an anchor for a new evening news program called The News With Shepard Smith, the network announced on Wednesday (July 08, 2020).

Smith will have the title of chief general news anchor, chief breaking news anchor and executive editor of his show.

Smith comes to the role after 23 years at Fox, where he most recently served as chief news anchor of the network and managing editor of breaking news.

Smith announced his departure from Fox News last fall after more than two decades at the network, stepping down from his role as the network’s chief news anchor and managing editor of the breaking news division. He also anchored Shepard Smith Reporting in the 3 p.m. hour for six years.

In his final months at Fox, Smith drew the ire and mockery of President Donald Trump for his unsparing coverage and criticism of the Trump administration, relative to more favorable coverage elsewhere on the network. Smith had also clashed with another personality at the network, engaging in an on-air feud with opinion host Tucker Carlson.

“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,” Smith said in the press release.

Nice little dig at Fox News, Shep.

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