Fox Report's logo from October 10, 2011
|Presented by||Julie Banderas (Saturdays)
Harris Faulkner (Sundays)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location(s)||New York City|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||Fox News Channel|
|Picture format||480i NTSC
|Original run||September 13, 1999 – Present (*On October 6, 2013, continued on only in weekend format)|
|Preceded by||The Schneider Report|
The Fox Report is an American nightly news program on Fox News Channel, hosted Saturdays by Julie Banderas and Sundays by Harris Faulkner. The weeknight editions were hosted by Shepard Smith until they were discontinued October 4, 2013, leaving only the weekend editions from that day onwards.
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. Prior to Red Eye, Fox Report re-aired 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 and satellite 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). 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 play 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. On September 24, 2007, the program debuted from Studio E, an elaborate, state-of-the-art set with LED and plasma projection screens, as well as new music and graphics. Studio E is also used by Fox & Friends and Your World with Neil Cavuto. 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.
On October 10, 2011, Fox Report (and its sister program, Studio B) introduced a new look and graphics featuring the new lower-thirds graphics for the show as seen on other Fox News shows, The Five and Happening Now. Shepard Smith presented the show from a modified Studio 12H featuring more monitors and retaining "The Cube," but the overhead platform and accompanying staircase, which had been part of the set since 2008, have been removed.
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 reassigned 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. Near the end of 2010, Harris Faulkner took over as the weekend anchor.
The Fox Report unveiled a new studio, Studio E on September 24, 2007. However, the weekend editions with then-weekend anchor 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.
During the week of September 26-October 2, 2011, The Fox Report moved into its former studios, Studio E, which was used from September 2007 to December 2008 (while Studio B moved into the newsroom and Shepard Smith announced on the September 28th broadcast that the Fox Report and Studio B will move into a new set (a modified Studio 8H) starting Monday, October 10, 2011.
It was announced on September 12, 2013 that the weeknight editions of the Fox Report would be cancelled to make room for On the Record w/ Greta Van Susteren, which relocated time slots due to the debut of Megyn Kelly's new show, which debuted on October 7, 2013. On the same day, it was announced that Shepard Smith is reassigned as "Breaking News Editor" which made it possible for Smith to break into FNC's primetime show to anchor breaking news. In addition, Smith will continue to anchor his 3PM ET time slot renamed Shepard Smith Reporting. September 12, 2013 was also Smith's last day of anchoring Fox Report and the weeknight editions continued to be anchored by a Substitute until it's cancellation on October 4, 2013.
As of October 5, 2013, only the weekend editions of the Fox Report, with Julie Banderas and Harris Faulkner as anchor, remain on the air.
- 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 foxnews.com.
- 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, D.C. took place).
- Cool Critters: and Bear Alert Animal stories. Bear Alert is also on Studio B.
- Mike Schneider (The Schneider Report) (1996-1998)
- Jon Scott and Catherine Crier co-anchored (1998)
- Paula Zahn (Fox Report with Paula Zahn) (1998)
- Shepard Smith (weeknights, 1999–2013)
- Laurie Dhue (Sundays, 2001–2004; weekends, 2007–2008)
- Rick Folbaum (Saturdays, 2001–2004; weekends, 2004–2005)
- Trace Gallagher (weekends, 2005–2007; fill-in, 2010-2013)
- Julie Banderas (weekends, 2008–2010; Saturdays, 2014−present)
- Harris Faulkner (weekends, 2010–2014; Sundays, 2014−present)
- Jon Scott (fill-in, 2009-2013)
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