Brit Hume To Step Down As "Special Report" Host After Election

07/23/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Brit Hume, the pre-eminent political anchor on the Fox News Channel, intends to step down from his nightly newscast after the presidential election, three people close to him said this week.

Mr. Hume, 65, has expressed an interest in "reducing his role" but will likely remain with Fox News as a panelist on "Fox News Sunday," two of the people said. The people requested anonymity due to the sensitive nature of his contract negotiations, which are ongoing.

Mr. Hume's departure from "Special Report" would represent one of the most dramatic changes to Fox's powerhouse schedule since the channel's inception nearly 12 years ago.

Mr. Hume did not respond to requests for comment. A Fox News spokeswoman would not discuss contractual talks.

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