Shep Smith's new role will give the host a chance to switch things up a bit.
On Thursday, Fox News announced that Smith would no longer anchor the 7 p.m. hour as he moves to being managing editor for Fox News' new breaking news division. He will continue to anchor the 3 p.m. hour, which will be renamed and is getting a new studio.
In an interview with the New York Times, Smith said, "I've been bored for a long time" by reading the teleprompter for the evening news. He told Fox News chief Roger Ailes just as much at a meeting a few months ago, Smith told Business Insider. It was then that Ailes presented with the idea of Smith's new role.
The host has said he is "thrilled" by the move. Smith admitted to Business Insider that he had taken meetings with other networks, but Ailes' pitch was the "only one that blew me away."
The two have been busy developing the project, which Ailes hinted at in August. Smith also said that Ailes said he will be on-air more now, "which'll piss a lot of people off."