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Fox News nails Hemmer

Anchor nails weekday net gig

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel has signed former CNN morning anchor Bill Hemmer as weekday anchor and correspondent in a multiyear deal.

Signing ends weeks of speculation on where Hemmer would land. He left CNN in June after he was replaced on “American Morning” by Miles O’Brien in a shakeup of the ayem show.

Hemmer was offered a job covering the White House for CNN but declined it.

CNN U.S. prexy Jon Klein said the switch from Hemmer to Miles O’Brien was made to improve chemistry with Soledad O’Brien (the latter two are unrelated). As part of the shakeup, commentator Jack Cafferty was moved to Wolf Blitzer’s show in the afternoon, and arts segment “90 Second Pop” was canceled.

People close to Hemmer say he declined the CNN job because he wanted to stay in New York City and wanted to remain an anchor but have the flexibility to leave the desk to report stories.

Hemmer will start at the cabler in mid-August. A specific timeslot and anchor pairing is still being hammered out, but the most likely scenario would have Hemmer joining “Fox News Live” in some capacity.

“It’s a tough lineup to crack,” Hemmer told Daily Variety. “They don’t lose a single hour throughout the day in viewers or households.”

He said the job would be more news-oriented than his previous gig at CNN. “My primary role will be news,” he said. Job will include travel “as the news warrants it,” he added.

Hemmer spent 10 years at CNN, first as anchor of “CNN Live Today” and “CNN Tonight” before moving to “American Morning.”

Hemmer began his career as weekend sportscaster for WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, his hometown.

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