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Bret Baier will host FOX News Sunday this weekend, a media source tells OutKick. Baier will be the first anchor to guest host the program following Chris Wallace’s departure, which he announced on Sunday as he signed a contract with CNN+.
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After Baier, Fox News plans to rotate the following anchors among others: Bill Hemmer, Harris Faulkner, Dana Perino, John Roberts, Shannon Bream, Jennifer Griffin, Neil Cavuto, and Martha MacCallum.
As I wrote Monday, the addition of Wallace to CNN is more symbolic than a ratings booster. Wallace won’t push viewers to CNN+, but he gives the service a marketing tool. Thus, overall, Wallace made sense for CNN. Meanwhile, FOX News Sunday will be fine without Wallace.
In fact, several hosts in this rotation would give the program a boost. Wallace’s departure was ultimately a win for Wallace, CNN, Fox News, and — most of all — his eventual successor.
Because Wallace only anchored once a week, he had less synergy with the Fox News brand than other hosts — like Baier, Faulkner, Hemmer, and MacCallum. Notably, Baier has become the face of Fox News’ news division.
Dana Perino is also an intriguing name. Perino, a fan-favorite among viewers, filled in for Wallace in August and did well. Perino currently hosts The Five and America’s Newsroom and appears on the network’s election coverage.
Fox News will name a permanent host at a later time.
FOX News Sunday airs Sunday mornings on Fox broadcast network and re-airs on Fox News at 2 pm ET.