Bill Hemmer will inherit Shepard Smith slot at Fox News

Bill Hemmer has for years been the faithful morning co-anchor at Fox News Channel, boosting the profiles of time-slot partners like Megyn Kelly, Martha MacCallum and Shannon Bream. Now he’s set to step into his own solo spotlight.

Hemmer will take over the 3 p.m. timeslot previously anchored by Shepard Smith, the last stage of a much-scrutinized transition at the Fox Corp. cable-news outlet. The move was previously reported by Mediaite.

Hemmer’s new program, “Bill Hemmer Reports,” will launch on January 20, Fox News said, and Hemmer will lead all of the network’s breaking news coverage as part of that role.  Sandra Smith, his co-anchor at the mid-morning program “America’s Newsroom,” will work with a rotating crew of journalists until a permanent co-anchor is named.

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3 WEST CLUB, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2019/09/10: Bill Hemmer attends Zang Toi 30th anniversary fashion show during New York SS20 fashion week at 3 West Club. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
3 WEST CLUB, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2019/09/10: Bill Hemmer, Carol Alt, Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle attend after party for 30th anniversary fashion show during New York SS20 fashion week at 3 West Club. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - AUGUST 01: Fox anchor Bill Hemmer interviews former Governor of Colorado John Hickenlooper during "The Story" at FOX Studios on August 01, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 13: (L-R) Susan Shin, Donald Trump Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle and Bill Hemmer attend the Zang Toi runway show in Gallery II in Spring Studios during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Spring Studios on February 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for NYFW: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13: Bill Hemmer, Dan Abrams and Doug Brunt attend Galvanized Media/Dave Zinczenko Holiday Party at Private Residence on December 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Amber De Vos/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images )
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 06: Fox News host Bill Hemmer discusses "Walk of America" with Jill Biden as she visits "America's Newsroom" at Fox News Channel Studios on September 6, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)
WATER MILL, NY - JUNE 10: Lynn Scotti and Fox News's Bill Hemmer attends Hamptons Magazine Celebration with cover star Bubba Watson on June 10, 2018 in Water Mill, New York. (Photo by Mark Sagliocco/Getty Images for Hamptons Magazine)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 22: Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer interviews Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan during "America's Newsroom" at Fox News Studios on February 22, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Bill Hemmer attends Sean Hannity & Friends celebrate the publication of "The Geraldo Show: A Memoir" by Geraldo Rivera at Del Frisco's on April 2, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 26: Bill Hemmer attends the National Geographic Channel 'MARS' New York Premiere at the School of Visual Arts on October 26, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
WATER MILL, NY - AUGUST 5: Eric Ripert and Bill Hemmer attend Tom & Diane Tuft and Christina Cuomo Celebrate the Launch of Jay McInerney's New Novel "Bright, Precious Days" at Private Residence on August 5, 2016 in Water Mill, NY. (Photo by Patrick McMullan/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 08: Journalist Bill Hemmer attends the Variety's Power Of Women: New York 2016 at Cipriani Midtown on April 8, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 28: Moderators Martha MacCallum (R) and Bill Hemmer (L) wait for the beginning of the first forum of the Fox News - Google GOP Debate January 28, 2016 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Residents of Iowa will vote for the Republican nominee at the caucuses on February 1. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
SOUTHAMPTON, NY - JUNE 08: Bill Hemmer attend the The Sixth Annual Project A.L.S. Golf Classic on June 8, 2015 in Southampton, New York. (Photo by Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images for Project A.L.S.)
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“As a journalist, l am extremely grateful for this opportunity. 2020 will undoubtedly be a year of great significance. Leading our breaking news division with a signature hour has enormous value to me, personally, and to our audience,” Hemmer said in a statement. “We’ve got a fantastic team here and I am excited to get to work.”

Hemmer has been the first voice viewers hear each day from the news side of Fox News. His “America’s Newsroom,” which he helped launch in 2005, follows several hours of programming from “Fox & Friends,” the popular early-morning show that is run by the opinion-programming side of the operation. Some Fox News critics have been scrutinizing the network to see how it would fill the 3 p.m. timeslot, which anchor Smith filled with a no-nonsense, down-the-middle brand of reportage. Smith abruptly departed Fox News in October, after sparring verbally with Tucker Carlson, one of the network’s most-watched opinion hosts.

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LATE NIGHT WITH SETH MEYERS -- Episode 248 -- Pictured: (l-r) Fox New�s Shepard Smith during an interview with host Seth Meyers on August 17, 2015 -- (Photo by: Lloyd Bishop/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and guest Shepard Smith during Friday's 12/16/16 show in New York.

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Pictured: (l-r) Fox News Shepard Smith during an interview with host Seth Meyers on August 17, 2015

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Shepard Smith attends the 19th Annual National Lesbian And Gay Journalists Association New York Benefit at The Prince George Ballroom on March 20, 2014 in New York City.

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Shepard Smith attends the 19th Annual National Lesbian And Gay Journalists Association New York Benefit at The Prince George Ballroom on March 20, 2014 in New York City.

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Shepard Smith attends salute to Brit Hume at Cafe Milano on January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC.

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Fox News anchor, Shepard Smith on the set of 'Studio B with Shepard Smith' during a rehersal at Fox News studios in New York. Fox News Channel celebrated its 15th anniversary on the air on October 7th.

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Shepard Smith was a guest on 'THE VIEW,' THURSDAY, NOV. 5, 2009 

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Fox News anchor Shepard Smith on the set of 'Studio B with Shepard Smith' at Fox News studios in New York. Fox News Channel celebrated its 15th anniversary on the air on October 7th.

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FOX News Correspondent Shepard Smith attends the Fox News Channel 10th Anniversary celebration on October 4, 2006 in New York City.

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Harvey Weinstein, John Antioco, Chairman/CEO of Blockbuster Video, Joshua Jackson, Emilio Estevez, Sharon Stone, Christian Slater, Mathew Smith, General Merchandise Manager of Blockbuster video, Nick Shepard, President of Blockbuster Video, Freddy Rodriguez, Bob Weinstein, Trevor Drinkwater, Steve Bannon and Larry Madden, CFO of The Weinstein Company. 

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Chairman & CEO, FOX News Roger Ailes (R) and (via satellite from Kiryat Shmona, Israel) anchor Shepard Smith from 'Fox News' speak during the 2006 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour for the FOX Broadcasting Company at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel on July 24, 2006 in Pasadena, California.

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Shepard Smith and Rick Leventhal, news anchors for FOXNews.

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Jane Skinner and Shepard Smith during Fox at NCTA - FX, Fuel TV and Fox Reality - April 10, 2006 in Atlanta, GA, United States.

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The Pulse correspondents, Bill O'Reilly and Laurie Dhue with 'The Pulse' host, Shepard Smith at the FOX 2002 Summer TCA Tour, held at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Los Angeles, CA, January 22, 2002.

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Shepard Smith during 2002 Fox Summer TCA Party at Sky Bar at The Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood, California, United States.

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