Less than 24 hours after he was let go from his news analyst job at NPR, Juan Williams has signed a multi-year contract extension with Fox News Channel. In the deal, announced this afternoon by Fox News founder and chairman Roger Ailes, Williams will continue substituting hosting duties for Bill O’Reilly. In fact, he’ll be filling in tomorrow night.
“Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal viewpoints since his tenure began at FOX News in 1997,” said Ailes. And in a shot aimed squarely at Williams’s former employer, NPR, Ailes added: “He’s an honest man whose freedom of speech is protected by FOX News on a daily basis.”
Williams’s new nearly $2 million deal will keep him at Fox for another three years, as the LA Times reported.
FOX NEWS EXPANDS JUAN WILLIAMS’ ROLE IN NEW MULTI-YEAR DEAL
FOX News has re-signed Juan Williams to an expanded role with the network in a multi-
year deal, announced Roger Ailes, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, FOX News.
Currently a contributor and a regular substitute host for The O’Reilly Factor, Williams will
host the primetime program tomorrow night for Bill O’Reilly and will appear as a guest with
In making the announcement, Ailes said, “Juan has been a staunch defender of liberal
viewpoints since his tenure began at FOX News in 1997. He’s an honest man whose
freedom of speech is protected by FOX News on a daily basis.”
Williams joined FNC in 1997 as a contributor and is a regular panelist on FOX
Broadcasting’s Sunday morning public affairs program, FOX News Sunday, as well as
the weekday political newscast, Special Report with Bret Baier. In addition to his more
than 10-year career with NPR, where he was a senior national correspondent and news
analyst, William had spent 23 years at the Washington Post. During his tenure at the
Post, Williams covered every major political campaign from 1980 to 2000 as a national
correspondent and a political columnist.
Williams’ career in media spans back several decades across many platforms. A recipient
of several awards for his writing and investigative journalism, he also won an Emmy
Award for television documentary writing and has received widespread critical acclaim for
numerous projects, including a series of documentaries such as “Politics: The New Black
Power” and “A. Phillip Randolph: For Jobs and Freedom.” Additionally, he is the author of
six books, including the non-fiction bestseller, “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights
Years, 1954-1965” and “Thurgood Marshall: American Revolutionary.” Williams has also
written numerous articles and has contributed to many national magazines including TIME, Fortune, The Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, Ebony and GQ.
FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour general news service covering breaking news as
well as political, business and entertainment news. For over 100 consecutive months, FNC
has been the most-watched cable news channel in the country. Owned by News Corp.,
FNC is available in more than 90 million homes.