FOX News Channel’s Shepard Smith to Lead New Breaking News Division as Managing Editor and Chief News Anchor

  FOX News Channel’s Shepard Smith to Lead New Breaking News Division as
  Managing Editor and Chief News Anchor

         Smith to Anchor New Innovative One-Hour News Program at 3pm

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NEW YORK -- September 12, 2013

FOX News Channel’s (FNC) Shepard Smith will lead a newly established breaking
news division as its Managing Editor and continue as Chief News Anchor as part
of his new multi-year deal to remain with the network, announced Roger Ailes,
Chairman and CEO, FOX News. This move will innovate the way news is presented
across the network by escaping the boundaries of the traditional evening

In the course of this shift, which will take place this fall, The FOX Report
with Shepard Smith will be incorporated into a breaking news unit where Smith
will dedicate his anchoring, reporting and presentation acumen as domestic and
international events unfold. Additionally, Smith will continue to anchor at
3PM/ET with the debut of Shepard Smith Reporting, a new one-hour program which
will rely on an extraordinary combination of technologies and social media to
bring viewers the latest hard news across all FNC platforms, allowing them to
witness how news is gathered.

The show will be housed in a newly constructed signature studio unveiled upon
launch, known as The FOX News Deck. The Deck and Smith’s dedicated team of
producers and information specialists will also be able to interrupt all
programming as needed at a moment’s notice to bring viewers the latest news as
it develops. The newly created command center concept fuses incoming real-time
news feeds, digital media newsgathering and social media utilizing advanced,
state-of-the-art technology.

In making the announcement, Ailes said, “Shep is a premier journalist and one
of the finest newsmen of the modern era. He will exemplify the ethos that FOX
News is when and where the news is, as it happens, no longer bound by a
traditional evening format conceived in the 1960’s.”

Smith added, “Learning and reporting the news has been my passion for 25
years. I'm thrilled that Roger is trusting and empowering my team and me to
bring the news to our viewers as it happens throughout the day and night.
Roger’s forward-looking approach to anchoring and reporting will continue to
solidify FNC’s position as the number one cable news network in the country.”

Michael Clemente, Executive Vice President of News, commented, “Shep’s
strength in breaking news and on location anchoring and reporting remains
unmatched, and that’s why we are committed to fully utilizing his skills away
from the teleprompter whenever and wherever news is breaking across multiple
platforms. His new program will provide viewers with the opportunity to become
more involved with how news organically develops.”

Joining FNC at its inception in 1996, Smith has anchored The FOX Report with
Shepard Smith, which has served as the network’s signature evening newscast at
7pm, since its debut in 1999. Under Smith’s direction, the program has been
number one in its timeslot for nearly 12 consecutive years, averaging nearly 2
million viewers a night, according to Nielsen Media Research. In addition to
the weeknight newscast, Smith anchors the afternoon news program, Studio B,
launched in 2002, which also ranks number one in its timeslot.

This year, Smith was notably on site from Boston providing live coverage
during the aftermath of the tragic marathon bombing. He also reported live
from Rome during the election of Pope Francis, as well as on the retirement of
Pope Benedict XVI. In 2011, Smith was on location from Japan following the
devastating earthquake and tsunami and during the nuclear threats. During that
same year, he provided extensive news coverage and analysis of the
anti-government protests and civil unrest in Egypt and Libya.

Throughout his tenure with FNC, Smith has covered numerous prominent news
events, including: Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath; the Middle East
conflict from the Israel-Lebanon border; 9/11 and the subsequent war in
Afghanistan; Operation Iraqi Freedom; the Columbine school massacre; and
President Clinton’s impeachment trial. He was also one of only two television
correspondents to witness the execution of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy
McVeigh in June of 2001.

Prior to joining FNC, Smith was a Los Angeles-based FOX News Edge
correspondent, reporting on a wide range of stories for the FOX affiliate news
service, including the crash of TWA Flight 800, the Montana Freeman Standoff,
and the Oklahoma City bombing. Before this, Smith gained extensive local news
experience throughout the state of Florida, reporting for WSVN-TV (FOX) in
Miami, the former WCPX-TV (CBS) in Orlando, WBBH-TV (NBC) in Fort Myers, and
WJHG-TV (NBC) in Panama City, where he began his television career.

FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to
delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. A top five
cable network, FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country for
more than eleven years and according to Public Policy Polling, is the most
trusted television news source in the country. Owned by 21^st Century Fox, FNC
is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news
landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.


FOX News Channel Media Contacts:
Irena Briganti, 212-301-3608
Dana Klinghoffer, 212-301-3534
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