|Fox & Friends First|
|Presented by||Carley Shimkus|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Production locations||New York, New York|
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Original network||Fox News|
|Picture format||480i (16:9 letterboxed SDTV)|
|Original release||March 5, 2012 –|
Fox & Friends First is a breakfast television show on Fox News. It airs every weekday at 4am Eastern/1am Pacific. The two-hour-long program leads into the network's main three-hour morning block Fox & Friends, with some of its hosts appearing regularly as anchors and contributors on the weekday or weekend editions of Fox & Friends. The current incarnation of the show debuted on March 5, 2012 with Heather Childers and Ainsley Earhardt as the original hosts of the show.
The show devotes to new developments of the latest overnight headlines and/or continuous coverage of breaking news. Due to the nature and time of the show, guests rarely appear, so it focuses more on updates of news stories with correspondents, analysis from the hosts, and politics.
When Fox and Friends First launched in March 2012, the show's executive producer, Lauren Petterson, described the show to Fox News Insider this way: "Think of Fox and Friends First like Fox and Friends on steroids. It will include all of the things you love about Fox and Friends – at warp speed. A cheat sheet, if you will, to all the day's big stories…"
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In 2001, Fox & Friends, which aired from 7 to 9 a.m. Eastern Time Zone, was expanded by an hour to start at 6 a.m. The new hour was branded Fox & Friends First and was co-anchored by Alisyn Camerota. In July 2008, the 6 a.m. hour was replaced by a third hour of Fox & Friends, and Camerota was named permanent anchor of the weekend edition of Fox & Friends.
In June 2011, rival cable news channel CNN began programming in the 5 a.m. hour, with a one-hour extension of American Morning titled Wake Up Call, which was replaced in January 2012 following American Morning's cancellation by the two-hour Early Start. MSNBC already had started its news programming at that hour with two half-hour shows: Morning Joe First Look, a general news program which had aired since the mid-2000s, and Way Too Early with Kasie Hunt (which leads into Morning Joe), which debuted in July 2009. In March 2012, Fox News confirmed that it was expanding its morning programming to begin at 5 a.m. The new one-hour show was named Fox & Friends First and serves as a lead-in to Fox & Friends. It debuted on March 5, 2012.
In its first week on the air, Fox & Friends First averaged more total viewers than other programs at CNN and MSNBC in the same time slot combined.
In October 2017, Fox News Channel announced that the show will be expanded to two hours from 4 to 6 a.m. The 4 a.m. hour would be anchored solely by Heather Childers, and Jillian Mele and Rob Schmitt would present the 5 a.m. hour. In July 2020, Childers had parted ways with Fox News after executives had expressed concern and anger about her coming to work and appearing visibly ill on air several months earlier during the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Fox & Friends First is broadcast from Studio J at 1211 Avenue of the Americas (also known as the News Corp. Building), New York City. On March 19, 2018, Fox & Friends First has relocated to Studio D from its original location in Studio J for construction. The team moved back to Studio J on June 19, 2018.
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