Fox News is expanding its signature morning news programme, America’s Newsroom co-anchored by Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith, to three hours every weekday.
The expanded program will replace the current 11AM/ET hour of ‘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, Fox News President Jay 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 Outnumbered when the program launched in 2014. She will depart that program upon the expansion of America’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.