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Fox News Channel ending Ole Miss alum Shepard Smith's nightly newscast

FILE - This May 24, 2011 file photo shows Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith during a broadcast of his "Studio B" program, in New York. Fox News Channel is eliminating one of Shepard Smith’s two daily newscasts and putting him in charge of a breaking news team where he will travel more to stories and break into other Fox shows with special reports. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

FILE – This May 24, 2011 file photo shows Fox News Channel anchor Shepard Smith during a broadcast of his “Studio B” program, in New York. Fox News Channel is eliminating one of Shepard Smith’s two daily newscasts and putting him in charge of a breaking news team where he will travel more to stories and break into other Fox shows with special reports. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

NEW YORK — Fox News Channel is eliminating one of Shepard Smith’s two daily newscasts and putting him in charge of a breaking news team where he will travel more to stories and break into other Fox shows with special reports.

His 7 p.m. Eastern newscast will end this fall, but Smith will continue anchoring a weekday 3 p.m. newscast. Fox Chairman Roger Ailes said the network is “no longer bound by a traditional evening format conceived in the 1960s.”

Fox said Thursday it is building a new studio, the Fox News Deck, for Smith’s revamped afternoon show. Instead of a nightly newscast, he’ll do live cut-ins on Fox’s talk shows with breaking news.

Fox isn’t saying what it will air at 7 p.m.

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