Fox’s Hume reportedly leaving ‘Special Report’

Times Staff Writer

Brit Hume, one of Fox News’ leading on-air figures, plans to leave his political news program, “Special Report,” at the end of the year and serve as a senior political analyst at the cable channel, according to sources close to the situation.

Hume, who joined Fox News shortly after its inception in 1996, anchors its daily 3 p.m. Pacific time political program, the top-rated cable news show at that hour, and serves as managing editor of the network’s Washington bureau. His contract expires at the end of the year.

Sources familiar with the negotiations said Tuesday that Hume is close to signing a deal with Fox News in which he will play an emeritus role similar to the one that Tom Brokaw plays at NBC News. He will likely work about 100 days a year providing analysis on “Fox News Sunday,” subbing for host Chris Wallace and anchoring special events.

Hume, 65, was unavailable for comment.


Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes has not had any discussions about who would replace Hume on “Special Report” or whether the program will continue, according to network sources who were not authorized to speak on the record because the deal isn’t done.

Hume has long served as the channel’s senior political journalist and its lead anchor in election coverage, and his decision to step back his presence signals a generational shift at Fox News, which has had a remarkably stable talent pool in its 11 years.

Before coming to Fox, Hume worked at ABC News for 23 years.