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Fox extends America’s Newsroom to 3 hours

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And in the process will cancel Happening Now.

 

FOX NEWS EXPANDS AMERICA’S NEWSROOM WITH

 

BILL HEMMER AND SANDRA SMITH TO THREE HOURS

 

 

 

FNC’s Jon Scott Moves to Anchoring ‘FOX Report Weekend’

 

 

NEW YORK - May 31, 2018 — FOX News Channel (FNC) will expand its signature morning news program America’s Newsroomco-anchored by Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith to three hours (9AM-12PM/ET) starting June 11th, announced Jay Wallace, president of FOX News and Executive Editor.

 

 

The expanded program will replace the current 11AM/ET hour Happening Now, and Jon Scott will begin his new role as anchor of FOX Report Weekend (Saturdays at 7PM/ET and Sundays at 6PM/ET) on June 16th. Scott will also contribute to the network’s weekend breaking news coverage.

 

 

In making the announcement, Wallace said, “Bill and Sandra’s ability to cut through the headlines and provide hard-hitting interviews with the nation’s leaders have made it must-see television and we’re excited to add an extra hour of this informative program to the weekday lineup.”

 

 

Wallace continued, “Adding Jon Scott’s extensive experience in breaking news will help ensure our weekend coverage remains unparalleled in the industry.”

 

 

Geared towards providing hard news and interviews with key newsmakers, America’s Newsroom has averaged 1.6 million in total viewers, making it the number one news program in its timeslot. Hemmer has anchored the program since its inception in 2009 and for the majority of his 10-year tenure at the network, and Smith, who got her start at FBN in 2007, joined him as co-anchor last fall. Smith was also an original co-host of Outnumberedwhen the program launched in 2014. She will depart that program upon the expansion ofAmerica’s Newsroom.

 

 

FNC’s signature weekend newscast, the FOX Report Weekend highlights the latest developments and breaking news in the U.S. and around the globe. As a FOX News original, Jon Scott joined the network prior to launch and has covered some of the biggest breaking news events of the past two decades, including the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, the war in Afghanistan, multiple presidential elections, the passing of former First Lady Barbara Bush, the first official state visit of French President Emmanuel Macron as well as numerous natural disasters. Prior to FNC, Scott served as a correspondent for Dateline NBC where he received an Emmy award for his newswriting.

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Did Happening Now get canceled because of inconsistent ratings or no?

 

Could be, the Happening Now ratings generally do sag somewhat from America's Newsroom. That said, I think the writing has been on the wall since they'd yet to replace Jenna Lee (who now has left over a year ago) and Jon Scott hasn't been in the new ad campaign that has highlighted all other weekday hosts.

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And from the look of it on the promos today on ANHQ in the lower thirds it looks like finally America’s newsroom is getting a graphics update!

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