Fox News Channel has reached a long-term deal with on-air host Martha MacCallum, the network said Thursday.
As part of the deal, MacCallum will remain host of FNC’s The Story With Martha MacCallum as well as continue her contributions to FNC’s election coverage, said network officials.
The Story has posted a 13% increase in total viewers during the 7 pm hour since its launch on May 1 versus the same time period on 2016, according to the network.
Prior to The Story, MacCallum anchored The First 100 Days, which chronicled the start of the new administration and continued until President Trump’s 100th day in office. For the first quarter of 2017, The First 100 Days delivered the most-watched quarter in network history for the 7 pm time period.
"Over the past 12 years, Martha has built a relationship with our viewers based on her engaging personality and trustworthiness,” said Suzanne Scott, FNC president of programming in a statement. “She has proven herself to be an essential component of the network’s programming.”
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