Fox News has extended the contract of Bret Baier, its chief political anchor, the network announced Tuesday.
As part of his contract extension, Baier will continue in his role as anchor and executive editor of the network’s “Special Report” newscast, co-anchor of 2024 election coverage and host of “The Bret Baier Podcast” on Fox News Audio.
Baier has been the anchor of “Special Report” since January 2009, when he took over for longtime television news journalist Brit Hume, who remains one of Fox’s top political analysts and a regular on the program. The show pulls in an average nightly audience of around 2 million viewers.
Last month, Baier also co-moderated the first Republican presidential primary debate, which former President Trump did not attend, citing the large lead he has in most GOP primary polls and what he says is a “hostile” relationship with Fox.
Weeks earlier, Baier secured a wide-ranging sit-down interview with Trump during which the journalist pressed the former president about his handling of classified documents and other matters as he looks to reclaim The White House in 2024.
Trump criticized Baier days later, calling him “nasty” for not being supportive enough of him.
Baier was also an instrumental part of Fox’s coverage of the 2020 election, which angered Trump and his allies following its decision to call Arizona for President Biden on election night.
The former president continues to ridicule Fox over its coverage of him, referring to its Executive Chairman and owner Rupert Murdoch in one recent social media video as a “globalist” trying to stop him from reclaiming the presidency.
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