Shannon Bream to Replace Chris Wallace as ‘Fox News Sunday’ Host

Fox News has selected its chief legal correspondent and late-night news anchor, Shannon Bream, to be the host of its signature political talk show, “Fox News Sunday,” elevating a woman to the role for the first time in the program’s 26-year history.

The job has been vacant since late last year, when Chris Wallace suddenly left after growing increasingly unnerved by the reduction of down-the-middle political programming at the network.

The show is something of an island in the Fox media world. Unlike the provocative conservative commentary served up in prime time on the Fox News Network by hosts such as Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, the content on “Fox News Sunday” is more neutral, modeled after the traditional Sunday morning news programs based in Washington. Democratic lawmakers regularly sit for lengthy interviews on the program, even though many are reluctant to do so during the channel’s weekday programming.

“Fox News Sunday” airs first on the Fox broadcast…

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This article was written by Jeremy W. Peters and originally published on www.nytimes.com