NEW YORK – Fox News has nabbed longtime ABC White House correspondent Brit Hume, in the biggest coup yet for Rupert Murdoch’s nascent news operation.

Hume, 53, will join Fox early next month after a 23-year career at ABC, including 20 years in D.C. He becomes Fox’s chief Washington correspondent and managing editor for political coverage, allowing him to shape editorial content, offer on-air commentary and appear as a panelist on Fox Broadcasting’s “Fox News Sunday.”

“There’s a combination here of reporting and management responsibility, which is sort of unique,” Hume said. “I’ve been covering Washington news for 27 years, and I’m constantly thinking that this story is getting less coverage than it deserves, or that story is getting too much coverage. Now, someone is willing to listen to me.”

Hume, whose ABC pact expires at year-end, has signed a three-year deal with Fox that includes “a nice raise,” a column in Murdoch’s Weekly Standard, and the chance to reunite with his wife, Kim Schiller-Hume, who moved from ABC to Fox as deputy Washington bureau chief two months ago.

Hume won’t cover the White House, but will be “looking for the overarching story that doesn’t fit into any beat,” apparently usurping some of the role of Mike Schneider, Fox News’ chief political reporter and anchor.

Hume already was due to leave the White House beat, which ABC said Tuesday would be covered by John Donvan, 41, a New York-based reporter for “World News Tonight.”

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