Chicago Sun-Times (Sunday)

Ex-Fox News host lands CNBC show


NEW YORK — Shepard Smith, who abruptly quit Fox News Channel last October amid the ascendancy of opinionate­d programmin­g, will bring a nightly newscast to CNBC this fall.

CNBC announced last week that Smith will anchor a one-hour weeknight newscast at 6 p.m. Chicago time, the time slot he held for many years at Fox before being shifted to the afternoon.

His show is expected to start in September.

“I know I found a great home for my newscast,” Smith said in a news release. He was not made available for an interview last week.

CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman said “The News with Shepard Smith” will feature “fact-based storytelli­ng.”

“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,” Hoffman said. “We aim to deliver a nightly program that, in some small way, looks for the signal in all the noise.”

Smith never explicitly said why he walked out on Fox a few months after signing a contract extension but left enough signals along the way. He had been at Fox since the network’s inception in 1996.

His show often bluntly debunked statements made by Trump and his supporters, including opinion hosts on his own network. Shortly before leaving, he had called it repugnant when Tucker Carlson brought on an analyst specifical­ly to dispute something said on Smith’s show.

“Even in our currently polarized nation, it’s my hope that the facts will win the day, that the truth will always matter, that journalism and journalist­s will thrive,” he said when signing off on Fox.

Smith, whose non-compete contract with Fox ended at the beginning of the month, was an attractive talent who drew interest throughout the industry. In CNBC he found a clean slate, a network not identified with a political viewpoint.

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