Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Fox News co-president Bill Shine out amid sexual harassment scandal

Fox News co-president Bill Shine out amid sexual harassment scandal

After news broke Monday afternoon that long-time Fox News executive Bill Shine had resigned amid the lingering sexual harassment scandals of both Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly, Hannity may be the next to go. Murdoch praised Shine's "huge role in building Fox News to. the nation's biggest and most important cable channel". His co-president, Jack Abernethy, remains in that position. Ailes departure was followed by Fox News heavyweight Bill O'Reilly, who departed the company last month.

And Jay Wallace was promoted to president for news at the channel, from executive vice president.

"Sadly, Bill Shine resigned today", Murdoch wrote. "If I have anything to say about Fox News I will say it tonight at 10 [p.m.] EST", he tweeted. "We will miss him". He has repeatedly said he is being targeted in a malicious campaign to destroy Fox News.

Fox will still have plenty of old hands to rely on, even as it brings a new manager on board. Both joined NBC in January, with Van Susteren becoming the host of a programme on MSNBC while Kelly is slated to host a prime-time magazine show on NBC in June. Jay Wallace will become head of news. A Fox News spokesperson confirmed Monday Hannity will remain with the channel.

The departure of Shine, who had been at Fox News since its start, comes just less than two weeks after the dismissal of popular host Bill O'Reilly after an internal investigation into charges of sexual harassment against O'Reilly. Her lawsuit alleges that Mr Shine and other Fox executives "kept Ailes's conduct secret and enabled it".

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Shine has been implicated in the harassment scandal, and an unrelated racial discrimination action, via several lawsuits filed by Fox employees. That person was Roger Ailes, who has been gone for a while. A Fox News Channel co-president resigned yesterday, in the latest shakeup for the United States cable news giant rocked by sexual harassment allegations. He has repeatedly disclaimed any knowledge of Ailes's allegedly unethical or illegal behavior.

The anchor on Monday evening said that he was not negotiating an exit from the network and indicated he might say more about Fox News' current situation on his Monday-night broadcast.

Last week, Hannity said if Shine was ousted, that would be the "total end of FNC as we know it".

Media reporter Gabriel Sherman, whose previous reporting indicates a number of well-placed sources at the network, tweeted Hannity has a "key man clause" allowing him to terminate his contract with the network if certain people were fired.

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