DETAILS: Fox News Announces Expansion of the 'Fox & Friends' Franchise
'Fox & Friends First' will be two hours, starting Monday.
Fox News Channel announced today an expanded early-morning lineup, expanding "Fox & Friends First" to two hours, 4:00am to 6:00am ET.
Beginning on Monday, October 9th, the first hour will be anchored by Heather Childers, while Jillian Mele and Rob Schmitt will co-anchor the second hour, leading into "Fox & Friends" from 6:00am to 9:00am ET.
"As 'Fox & Friends' continues to mark its most-watched year in network history, we are thrilled to give our viewers more of the morning franchise they love," said Suzanne Scott, Fox News Channel's president of programming.
— Jillian Mele (@jillianmele) October 4, 2017
With the expanded lineup, Fox News Channel now has more women anchoring and hosting programs than any other cable news network during weekdays from 4am to midnight ET.
"Fox & Friends First" gives viewers a head start on the top stories of the day in politics, business, entertainment and health before "Fox & Friends" at 6am ET.
On October 30, Fox News will expand its weekday primetime lineup to include "The Ingraham Angle," hosted by Laura Ingraham, at 10:00pm ET and "Fox News @ Night," anchored by Shannon Bream, at 11:00pm ET. When the new lineup launches, FNC will have live weekday programming for 20 hours a day.
Jillian Mele, who joined Fox News in March from Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, is a regular on "Fox & Friends," reporting news headlines throughout the show.
Heather Childers joined Fox News in 2010 as a general assignment reporter based in New York. During her tenure, she served as an anchor of "America's News HQ" from 2011 to 2013 and helped launch "Fox & Friends First," where she has been a co-host for nearly five years.
Rob Schmitt joined Fox News in March 2016 as a weekend news anchor and general assignment reporter and has served as a substitute anchor for various programs including "Fox & Friends First" and "Fox Report." Prior to joining FNC, he was an anchor for WNBC-TV in New York.