Bret Baier Re-Signs Multi-Year Contract with FOX News

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May 8th, 2012

via press release:



Bret Baier has re-signed a multi-year deal with FOX News Channel (FNC) where he will continue as the anchor of Special Report and lead anchor of political news coverage through the 2016 election, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of FOX News.


In making the announcement, Ailes said, “Bret’s tough but fair approach to journalism has made him one of the most trusted news anchors in the industry and an integral part of FNC’s success. I’m proud to have him at the helm of this year’s election coverage and for years to come.”


Since January 2009, Baier has served as the anchor of Special Report (6-7 PM/ET), the number one political news program on cable, averaging nearly 2 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. For the month of April, Special Report ranked as the third highest rated program in cable news among total viewers. In addition to anchoring FNC’s coverage of the 2012 Republican primaries, Baier moderated five debates among the candidates, including the highest-rated cable news debate in Orlando, Florida.  He will report live from both the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention in the fall, and lead the network’s election night coverage.

Baier added, “I am humbled by Roger’s trust and confidence and look forward to carrying out his vision for FNC – a commitment to breaking news, asking tough questions, and doing it in a fair and balanced way.”

As anchor of Special Report, Baier has secured numerous interviews with top newsmakers, including President Obama in the week leading up to the historic healthcare vote.  Additionally, he has interviewed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former President George W. Bush, Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, and General David Petraeus, among many others. He also sat down with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in anticipation of key peace talks at the United Nations; Polish President Lech Kaczynski days after the U.S. decision to abort missile defense plans in Poland; and Georgian President Mikheul Saakashvili after the Russian invasion of Georgia.


Baier took over Special Report from veteran anchor Brit Hume, who now serves as a senior political analyst for FNC. Prior to that role, he was Chief White House Correspondent, where he covered President Bush from 2006-2009. He also served as National Security Correspondent reporting on military and national security affairs at the Pentagon from 2001-2006, which included the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. On September 11th, he notably traveled from Atlanta to report on the attacks from the Pentagon and has remained in Washington ever since.


FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news.  A top five cable network, FNC has been the most watched news channel in the country for ten years and according to Public Policy Polling, is the most trusted television news source in the country. Owned by News Corp., FNC is available in more than 90 million homes and dominates the cable news landscape, routinely notching the top ten programs in the genre.



  • Scott Jensen

    Bret is what FNC likes to think it is. He isn’t (Bill O’Reilly is that), but he is what FNC likes to think it is. Not only does Bret anchor FNC’s most popular straight news program and is the moderator for its political debates, but he’s the one that FNC taps whenever it feels it needs to give out a public rebuttal.

    Since taking over Special Report, Bret has steadily made the show his. He introduced a half-hour online version of the show that regularly (though not consistently) airs every Wednesday after the regular show. He’s done a “Center Seat” (a panel interrogation) of all the Republican primary candidates (except Mitt Romney who refused since he couldn’t control it) … though Bret hasn’t done a “Center Seat” of anyone since. Hopefully, “Center Seat” will return and have as a main staple of it ambassadors that the show’s panel can grill on events happening in their countries. Another change that Bret has done (or at least overseen) is the inclusion of a libertarian voice on his panel and thus making it more “fair and balanced.” Before Bret, the panel used to have two conservatives and one liberal. With Bret, the panel commonly now has one conservative (almost always neo-conservative Charles Krauthammer), one liberal (commonly Mara Liasson), and one libertarian (usually Stephen Hayes).

    And unlike other panel discussion shows, Bret doesn’t not allow his panelists to yell, interrupt each other, get out of control, or act like children. Instead, his panelists act like mature adults and treat each other and each other’s opinions respectfully. This is RARE on any broadcast or cable TV panel discussion. It is also appreciated … at least by me.

    Another thing that Bret does with his panel is challenges them on their positions. Not by arguing with them but by re-phrasing the question being discussed so it is customized to the panelist’s political slant and challenges them on that slant. He doesn’t inject himself into the discussion but moderates it. That is another rare thing on TV. Most TV hosts (because of their egos) cannot do this. Most TV hosts feel they have to inject their opinions into any discussion going on their show. Bret is mature enough not to do this.

    Finally, what I most appreciate about Special Report is its panel trying to do the nearly impossible task of doing sane analysis of the insanity that is Washington DC. Bret constantly pushes his panel to explain what is really going on in DC, what is going on behind the scenes, and what will realistically happen. Having conservatives, liberals, and libertarians on his panel, Bret gets them to explain their side and what and why their side is doing what they’re doing. This is what makes Special Report truly special and why I watch it.

  • Fischer

    Congrats Scott…

  • Kris Brown

    DITTO! What Scott said.

  • Rod Knee

    Isn’t that SPE-shull (Report)?

    ~ Church Lady @ Our Lady of Church Ladies Retreadment Home

  • Bob

    Great job Scott. One of the better folks at Fox News. Not a blowhard at all like Hannity and O’Reilly. Fair and balanced is Scott.

  • Raz

    Dear Mr Rod Knee

    Are you sure this is not a ‘knee jerk’ reaction to some one who is doing well on a successful news network? A network that carries its time, except on Saturdays when it takes sex, crime and jail to get a win?

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