Originally posted on Variety:
When news breaks at Fox News Channel, Shepard Smith’s face is the one the network wants viewers to see.
The cable-news outlet said Smith, a veteran anchor who has been with Fox News since its inception in 1996, would lead a new breaking-news division as managing editor while continuing as chief news anchor of the network, which is owned by 21st Century Fox. The new arrangement is part of Smith’s new multi-year deal to remain with the network.
The new role is aimed at offering a new way to present important news across the network, according to a press release from Fox News. It will also open up an hour during Fox News’ evening lineup, which Megyn Kelly is expected to join in coming weeks.
As part of a shift expected to take place this fall, “The FOX Report with Shepard Smith,” the network’s signature 7 p.m. newscast, will be…
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