Friday, August 12, 2022

Shannon Bream Named Anchor of Fox News Sunday

FOX News Channel (FNC) has named Shannon Bream to helm FOX News Sunday beginning September 11th, announced Suzanne Scott, CEO of FOX News Media. 

Bream is the first woman to anchor the program in its 26-year history. In addition to this new role, she will also continue as the network’s chief legal correspondent. A rotation of journalists will guest anchor FOX News @ Night until a permanent replacement is named.

In making the announcement, Scott said, “Shannon is an outstanding journalist, reporter and anchor who has cultivated a strong and enduring relationship with the FOX News Media audience.”

Bream added, “It has been an honor to cover major news throughout Washington over the last 15 years at FOX News. I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to host a Sunday show and look forward to this new role.”

In this new capacity, Bream will preside over FOX News Media’s signature Sunday morning political talk show which airs on FOX Broadcast, with encore presentations running on FNC. 

Notably, each time Bream has guest-hosted FOX News Sunday over the last several months she has overdelivered the 2021 average of the show by 20%. In January, she netted double digit increases across the board on FNS, up 32% in total viewers (1.35 million) and 45% over the previous in the advertiser friendly 25-54 demo (343,000), marking the highest-rated FOX News Sunday episode of 2022. In June, she ushered in week-to-week gains of 37% in the 25-54 demo, a 53% increase in the 18-49 demo along with 8% growth in total viewers. Bream also notched a 10% increase in the 25-54 demo compared to the same show last year, and the FNC airings outpaced every single CNN and MSNBC Sunday program in total viewers.

Since 2017 Bream has served as the anchor of FOX News @ Night (12-1 AM/ET), FNC’s nightly newscast which airs in primetime in the Mountain and Western time zones. The program regularly outpaces its cable news competition across the board, averaging more than 1.1 million viewers and 218,000 in the demo this past quarter. She has also conducted news-making interviews throughout her tenure, including an exclusive sit-down with Justice Neil Gorsuch after he was confirmed, and wide-ranging interviews with First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. In February and March of this year, Bream led the network’s late-night coverage of the war in Ukraine, providing viewers with real-time reports as Russian forces invaded the country in an expanded breaking newscast.

In addition to her role as anchor, Bream has served as FNC’s chief legal correspondent where she has covered every landmark decision of the United States Supreme Court since joining the network in 2007. 

Before joining FNC, Bream worked as a weekend anchor for WRC-TV (NBC) in Washington, D.C. Previously, she anchored the evening and late-night news for WBTV (CBS) in Charlotte, NC and held writing and reporting positions at WFTS-TV (ABC) in Tampa, FL. Prior to her work as a journalist, Bream practiced corporate law specializing in race discrimination and sexual harassment cases. She is an honors graduate of the Florida State University College of Law and obtained her B.S. in Business Management magna cum laude from Liberty University.

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