Fox & Friends First

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Fox & Friends First
Fox & Friends First.jpg
GenreNews program
Talk show
Presented by4-5 AM

Heather Childers
5-6 AM

Jillian Mele
Rob Schmit
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production location(s)New York City
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time120 minutes
Original networkFox News Channel
Picture format480i (16:9 letterbox SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 5, 2012 (2012-03-05) –
External links

Fox & Friends First is an early breakfast television news program on Fox News Channel. It airs every weekday at 4am Eastern/1am Pacific. The two-hour-long program leads into the network's main three-hour morning block Fox & Friends, with some of its hosts appearing regularly as anchors and contributors on the weekday or weekend editions of Fox & Friends. The current incarnation of the show debuted on March 5, 2012 with Heather Childers and Ainsley Earhardt as the original hosts of the show.


The show devotes to new developments of the latest overnight headlines and/or continuous coverage of breaking news. Due to the nature and time of the show, guests rarely appear, so it focuses more on updates of news stories with correspondents, analysis from the hosts, and politics.

When Fox and Friends First launched in March 2012, the show's executive producer, Lauren Petterson, described the show to Fox News Insider this way: "Think of Fox and Friends First like Fox and Friends on steroids. It will include all of the things you love about Fox and Friends – at warp speed. A cheat sheet, if you will, to all the day's big stories…"

Recurring Segments/Elements[edit]

  • Fox and Trends - Carley Shimkus shows the top 3 trending stories of the day
  • "Weather" - Janice Dean presents the weather across the United States
  • "Fox Business Headlines" - Tracee Carrasco presents top stories that affect the markets
  • The Good, The Bad & The Ugly - Hosts report 3 headlines in the morning and rate them into a category.

Programming Announcements/Changes[edit]

In 2001, Fox & Friends, which aired from 7 to 9 a.m. ET, was expanded by an hour to start at 6 a.m.[1] The new hour was branded Fox & Friends First and was co-anchored by Alisyn Camerota.[2] In July 2008, the 6 a.m. hour was replaced by a third hour of Fox & Friends, and Camerota was named permanent anchor of the weekend edition of Fox & Friends.[2]

In June 2011, rival cable news channel CNN began programming in the 5 a.m. hour, with a one-hour extension of American Morning titled Wake Up Call,[3] which was replaced in January 2012 following American Morning's cancellation by the two-hour Early Start.[4] MSNBC already had started its news programming at that hour with two half-hour shows: First Look, a general news program which had aired since the mid-2000s, and Way Too Early with Willie Geist (which leads into Morning Joe), which debuted in July 2009.[5] In March 2012, Fox News confirmed that it was expanding its morning programming to begin at 5 a.m.[1] The new one-hour show was named Fox & Friends First and serves as a lead-in to Fox & Friends.[6] It debuted on March 5, 2012.[7][8]

In its first week on the air, Fox & Friends First averaged more total viewers than other programs at CNN and MSNBC in the same time slot combined.[9]

In October 2017, Fox News Channel announced that the show will be expanded to two hours from 4 to 6 a.m. The 4 a.m. hour would be anchored solely by Heather Childers, and Jillian Mele and Rob Schmitt would present the 5 a.m. hour.[10]


Fox & Friends First is broadcast from Studio J at 1211 Avenue of the Americas (also known as the News Corp. Building), New York City. On March 19, 2018, Fox and Friend's First has currently relocated to Studio D from its original location in Studio J for construction. The team moved back to Studio J on June 19, 2018.[11]


  1. ^ a b O'Connell, Michael (2012-03-01). "'Fox & Friends' Expanding by an Hour". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  2. ^ a b K, Steve (2008-07-14). "Changes at Fox & Friends". TV Newser. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  3. ^ Weprin, Alex (2011-06-20). "'Wake Up Call' With Ali Velshi To Launch Next Week". TV Newser. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  4. ^ Weprin, Alex (2012-03-01). "The New Battleground of Cable News: 5 AM". TV Newser. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  5. ^ Ariens, Chris (2009-07-15). ""Way Too Early" to Launch July 27". TV Newser. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  6. ^ Shapiro, Rebecca (2012-03-01). "Fox News Expands Morning Show 'Fox & Friends' To Four Hours". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  7. ^ Ariens, Chris (2012-05-03). "'Fox & Friends First' Goes on the Air". TV Newser. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  8. ^ 'Fox & Friends First' Debuts. Fox News Channel. Archived from the original on 2012-03-05. Retrieved 2012-03-05.
  9. ^ Ariens, Chris (2012-03-14). "In 5am Ratings Race, Fox News Takes Early Lead". TV Newser. Retrieved 2012-03-14.
  10. ^ Steinberg, Brian (October 2, 2017). "Fox News Expands 'Fox & Friends,' Starting 'First' Broadcast at 4 AM". Variety. Retrieved January 25, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "'Fox & Friends First' becomes latest show to move to Studio J". Retrieved 2018-06-20.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Fox News @ Night (replay)
Fox & Friends First
4:00 AM – 6:00 AM ET
Succeeded by
Fox & Friends