Fox News Announces Major Revamp of Daytime Lineup

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Fox News is revamping its daytime programming and replacing its 7 p.m. news hour with an opinion show, the network announced on Monday.

Since the Nov. 3 election, Fox News has experienced a significant ratings drop after many accused the network of negatively covering President Donald Trump.

The rating drop has been so significant that Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott announced a completely new daytime programming lineup.

In fact, things have apparently gotten so bad that Martha MacCallum has lost her 7 p.m. time slot and will be moving to 3 p.m.

Harris Faulkner will no longer host Outnumbered Overtime a 1 p.m.and will now host The Faulkner Focus at 11 a.m. Chief White House Correspondent John Roberts is being rewarded for his work by moving to studio as co-anchor of a new two-hour program with Sandra Smith.

Smith, who hosted America’s Newsroom from 9-11 a.m., will be replaced by Dana Perino and Bill Hemmer, who is being moved back to 9-11 a.m. in the shakeup.

The new lineup:

  • Bill Hemmer to Relaunch “America’s Newsroom,” Joined by Newly Appointed Co-Anchor Dana Perino
  • Harris Faulkner Moves to 11 AM/ET with “The Faulkner Focus”
  • John Roberts Named Anchor of New Two-Hour Program with Sandra Smith from 1-3 PM/ET
  • “The Story with Martha MacCallum” Moves to New 3 PM/ET Timeslot
  • New Interim Opinion Program “FOX News Primetime” Debuts at 7 PM/ET

“As we kick off a new year, we are excited to announce new changes to our schedule,” Scott said in the statement. “We have the best-in-class anchors, interviewers, reporters and talent in all of news media. This new powerful lineup ensures FOX News Media will continue to deliver outstanding coverage for our viewers who depend on the most trusted names in the business.”

Read the full press release from Fox News below:

Bill Hemmer to Relaunch “America’s Newsroom,” Joined by Newly Appointed Co-Anchor Dana Perino

Harris Faulkner Moves to 11 AM/ET with “The Faulkner Focus”

John Roberts Named Anchor of New Two-Hour Program with Sandra Smith from 1-3 PM/ET

“The Story with Martha MacCallum” Moves to New 3 PM/ET Timeslot

New Interim Opinion Program “FOX News Primetime” Debuts at 7 PM/ET

Kicking off the new schedule will be a new two-hour edition of America’s Newsroom (9AM-11AM/ET) with its founding anchor Bill Hemmer, who will relaunch the program he originally helmed since 2007, now joined by co-anchor Dana Perino. Harris Faulkner will move to 11 AM/ET with The Faulkner Focus, followed by the network’s signature midday roundtable show Outnumbered (12-1 PM/ET).

From 1-3PM/ET, newly named anchor John Roberts coming off his role as Chief White House correspondent will be joined by Sandra Smith helming a new two-hour news program, entitled America Reports. Roberts’ replacement on the White House correspondent team will be announced at a later date.

Martha MacCallum’s The Story will move to 3PM/ET while FNC original Neil Cavuto will continue to anchor his post-market show Your World (4-5 PM/ET), followed by The Five (5-6 PM/ET) and Special Report with Bret Baier (6-7 PM/ET). A rotating group of FOX News opinion hosts will helm the 7PM hour, entitled FOX News Primetime. A permanent 7PM/ET opinion host will be named at a later date.

New Weekday Daytime & Early Prime Line-Up:

9-11 AM/ET – America’s Newsroom with Bill Hemmer & Dana Perino
11 AM/ET – The Faulkner Focus
12-1 PM/ET – Outnumbered
1-3 PM/ET – America Reports with John Roberts & Sandra Smith
3-4 PM/ET – The Story with Martha MacCallum
4-5 PM/ET – Your World with Neil Cavuto
5-6 PM/ET – The Five
6-7 PM/ET – Special Report with Bret Baier
7-8 PM/ET – FOX News Primetime