Former Fox News host Shepard Smith joins CNBC

Former Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is joining CNBC, where he will anchor an hourlong evening news show, the network announced Wednesday.

“The News with Shepard Smith” will launch on an unspecified fall date and run in the 7-8 p.m. time slot. It marks a departure from the network’s typical evening programming, which frequently features opinion and unscripted shows.

“Information is coming at us from every direction. If we’re not careful life-altering decisions will be made based on half-truth, rumor, misdirection or worse,” CNBC Chairman Mark Hoffman said in a statement. “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.”

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“Shep’s newscast will tap into his extensive experience and deep passion for breaking news, in-depth storytelling and incisive interviews and 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.

“I know I found a great home for my newscast. I am excited to be working with the exceptional talent at CNBC and eager to build a team focused on uncovering the news behind the headlines,” Smith said in a statement.

Smith worked at Fox News from 1996, the year of its debut, anchoring “The Fox Report with Shepard Smith” from 1999 to 2013 and becoming managing editor of the network’s breaking news division in 2013. From 2013 to 2019, he served as anchor for “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

Although he signed a multiyear contract in 2018, Smith announced his departure from the network the following October.