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Fox Report
FOX Report2009.jpg
Current Fox Report logo from 2009-09-28
Genre Newscast
Presented by Shepard Smith (weekdays)
Julie Banderas (weekends)
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
Location(s) New York City
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel Fox News Channel
Picture format 480i NTSC
720p (HDTV)
Original run September 13, 1999 – present
Preceded by The Schneider Report
External links
Official website

The Fox Report is a fast-paced American nightly news program on Fox News Channel, hosted by Shepard Smith.


About the program

The program is described as FNC's "newscast of record" and has similar story length and pacing to the programs on the broadcast networks (namely ABC World News, the CBS Evening News, and NBC Nightly News). It is broadcast live every evening at 7:00 p.m. ET, on the weekends it is replayed at 3:00 a.m. ET. Previous to Red Eye, Fox Report re-ared at 2 a.m. ET). On occasion, if a show that is reaired later in the night such as Hannity or On the Record is preempted by breaking news, the Fox Report will air in its respective place. The program is cable television's most watched newscast, averaging about 1.5 million viewers per broadcast, although that is far fewer than even the lowest rated broadcast network newscast (CBS at 6.5 million). However, the program is the third most watched program on FNC, after The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity. The Fox Report is executive-produced by Jay Wallace, FNC's executive producer for news.

The program features Fox News correspondents and guests analyzing issues in quick segments, with no more than three or four minutes per story. Up to 70 stories are covered in a day. The program eschews "talking heads" and focuses on field reporting and comments from individuals directly involved in the story. One common feature is "Around the World in 80 Seconds," a pun on the Jules Verne novel Around the World in Eighty Days, that takes a quick look at interesting happenings around the world. In the same vein, but not time-restricted, is "Across America," where local Fox broadcast affiliates share their human interest news stories with FNC.

Throughout 2007, the program has begun to see changes with the program taking a more serious tone, removing "coming up" teasers, jokes, and a number of other elements, including the "G-Block," a segment featuring mostly entertainment and celebrity news, and is notably the point at which host Shepard Smith made a slip of the tongue referring to Jennifer Lopez. [1] On September 24, 2007, the program debuted an elaborate, state-of-the-art set with LED and plasma projection screens, as well as new music and graphics. On December 10, 2008, the program moved to Studio 12H, the High-Definition set used for Fox News' 2008 Election Night coverage on the Fox broadcast network, with the major element being "The Cube", a large video display object featuring display of imagery on three facets of the cube.


Mike Schneider, previously of NBC and ABC News, hosted FNC's first "regular" newscast, the Schneider Report. This newscast included interviews with guests and was kept as close to center as possible. After Schneider left Fox News Channel, the program morphed into the Fox News Report, which became simply the Fox Report.

This was the first incarnation of a flashy, fast-paced newscast that Shepard Smith has since perfected. In particular, he started the trend of peppering news scripts with participles instead of using complete sentences. Jon Scott and Catherine Crier co-anchored until Crier left to join Court TV (now truTV). A short time later, Paula Zahn took over as the solo host of the then-called Fox Report with Paula Zahn. Paula anchored the newscast until she became host of The Edge, at which point the slot was given to Shepard Smith.

Originally, the Fox Report aired five nights a week (Monday-Friday). But in 2001 (shortly after 9/11), the newscast expanded to seven nights a week as the weekend editions were added. Rick Folbaum would anchor the Saturday, and later the weekend editions and substitute for Smith until he left FNC at the end of 2005, when he was replaced by Trace Gallagher. He anchored the weekend editions until he was re-assigned by FNC in 2007. Laurie Dhue, who was originally the Sunday anchor of the program, became the weekend anchor until her departure from FNC in early 2008, when Julie Banderas became the weekend anchor. [2].

The Fox Report unveiled a new studio (see the "About the program" section above) on September 24, 2007. However, the weekend editions with Julie Banderas continued to be produced in Fox News' main studio until they also moved to Studio 12H (HD set) in December 2008.

The Fox Report debuted a new on-air look on September 28, 2009, which included new graphics and a remix of the previous theme music.


  • Across America: In this segment, local Fox affiliates around the nation share their human interest stories with FNC.
  • Around the World in 80 Seconds: Similar to "Across America," this 80-second segment (which is a pun on the Jules Verne novel, Around the World in Eighty Days) takes a look at other world news and happenings. It is shown with an 80 second timer on the screen.
  • U Report: Debuting on September 24, 2007, this segment is an amateur report from a viewer sent to
  • G-Block: A former segment focusing on news relating to celebrities and entertainment.
  • Daily Britney: Successor to the G-Block, a brief report about Britney Spears.
  • This Day in History: Seen at the end of the newscast, the anchor looks back at a historic event that occurred on this date (Example: September 11, 2001, which was the date in which 9/11 terror attacks in New York City and Washington, DC took place).




Barnhart, Aaron. "Mr. Smith Goes to Kansas." Kansas City Star, November 6, 2006. [1]

External links

Preceded by
Special Report with Bret Baier
Fox News Channel Weekday Lineup
7:00 PM –8:00 PM
Succeeded by
The O'Reilly Factor


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