Published: Mon, October 08, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Fox hires ex-Trump aide Hope Hicks

Fox hires ex-Trump aide Hope Hicks

Hope Hick, former White House communications director, is the new head of corporate communications for the new Fox corporation, which includes Fox broadcasting, Fox Sports, and Fox News, Variety reports.

The appointment will place Hicks, 29, in charge of a company that will oversee Fox News Channel and other entities controlled by Rupert Murdoch.

The company, which will be spun off after Disney completes its $71 billion takeover of 21st Century Fox, will be home to Fox News, the conservative-leaning news and commentary network.

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Hicks was a key Donald Trump aide throughout his campaign and at the White House until she resigned earlier this year. In her new role, the Times reported, Hicks will relocate to Los Angeles and work in close concert with Murdoch's eldest son, Lachlan Murdoch, who is poised to become next chairman and chief executive of Fox. In June, Former Fox News co-president Bill Shine assumed Hicks's former post in Washington just two months after allegations that he'd helped cover up a series of sexual harassment incidents forced him to resign. Shine effectively replaced Hicks in June when he was named deputy chief of staff for communications. "They are beyond lucky to have you".

Fox today also announced it has tapped General Electric senior government affairs and policy executive Danny O'Brien to serve as exec VP and head of government relations. O'Brien was previously chief of staff for Democrats Joe Biden and Robert Menendez.

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