Saturday, June 15, 2024

Shepard Smith — Former Voice of Reason on Fox News– Starts Nightly CNBC News Show Begins September 30th at 7pm


“The News with Shepard Smith.”

For some reason, I can hear Regis Philbin imitating Ted Baxter announcing this serious title.

But really, Shep’s new CNBC show begins September 30th at 7pm. That must be the minute his non compete with former employer Fox News ends. Smith was the voice of reason at Fox for eons until they finally forced him out.

Sanford Cannold and Sally Ramirez have been tapped as the Senior Executive Producer and Executive Producer, respectively.

CNBC traditionally tunes out when all the markets close, so this will revive their fortunes in the evening. If the Shep show works, it can be a building block for more programming. As long as they’re not going crazy conservative to compete with Fox, that’s fine. Maybe it will just be down the middle, sane stuff. Not a bad idea!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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