7 Years Ago Bret Baier Took On a ‘Daunting’ Task

By Brian Flood 

Fox News Channel’s chief political anchor Bret Baier took over for Brit Hume exactly seven years ago today as the anchor of Special Report.

“Seven years ago today, I took over the 6 p.m. show from my mentor and friend, Brit Hume. Trust me, it was daunting — his were huge shoes to fill. Roger Ailes had confidence that it would all work,” Baier told TVNewser. “And thanks to the hard work of a dedicated staff and a superior stable of correspondents and contributors – it has.  We have all made Special Report a very solid and recurring success.”

Baier is filling Hume’s shoes nicely. Special Report consistently ranks in the Top 5 cable news programs and is up +5 percent in viewers and + 4 percent in the key A25-54 demo compared to 2014.

Baier will moderate the next FNC debate alongside Megyn Kelly and Chris Wallace on Jan 28.