Weeks after Fox News announced that its nights would be getting longer, the network is announcing that its mornings are getting earlier as well. Fox News announced on Wednesday that it is expanding its early morning program, Fox & Friends First, to start at 4 AM instead of 5 AM. The 4 AM hour will be hosted by Heather Childers and the 5 AM hour will be co-hosted by Rob Schmitt and Jillian Mele.
Fox News president of programming Suzanne Scott said in a statement, “As Fox & Friends continues to mark its most-watched year in network history, we are thrilled to give our viewers more of the morning franchise they love.”
The changes will take place on Monday, October 9.
With high viewership and consistently strong news cycles, cable news’s day has been getting longer. CNN has live programming most days from 4 AM to midnight and MSNBC is live from 5 AM to midnight. With this change and Fox News @ Night starting October 30, Fox News will have live coverage from 4 AM to midnight, tying it with CNN.
At 4 AM, CNN broadcasts Early Start (which features former Fox News host David Briggs as a co-host) and MSNBC broadcasts a repeat of The 11th Hour with Brian Williams.