Fox News co-president Bill Shine out in latest shake-up for network

Posted May 04, 2017

In this April 24, 2017 photo, Fox News co-president Bill Shine, left, leaves a NY restaurant with Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox.

Bill Shine, co-president of Fox News Channel, has become the latest executive to resign in the wake of a sexual misconduct scandal at the cable channel. Roger Ailes and Bill O'Reilly both abruptly departed the network this spring following sexual assault allegations. Suzanne Scott is now the president of programming at the News Channel and Jay Wallace is becoming the president of news. Shine's fellow co-president, Jack Abernethy, will stay in his current job. If so, "true" conservatives may seek to start their own news network to counter Fox and the rest of the mainstream media.

"Sadly, Bill Shine resigned today", wrote Murdoch.

On Monday evening, Hannity said he was not, contrary to some rumors, negotiating for an exit from Fox News.

Shine had been mentioned in several lawsuits filed against Fox News for allowing a workplace culture in which sexual harassment and racial discrimination developed. She said she complained internally using an employee hotline, but did not bring her concerns to network executives because they had, for years, been "complicit in covering up and enabling a hostile and harassing environment for women at Fox News".

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Shine, who was Ailes' right-hand man for two decades, was never accused of harassment himself. Jay Wallace, executive vice president of news, will be president of news.

The host then continued to discuss the story, even going as far as to claim Shine was being sabotaged by someone within Fox News. "In a series of tweets last week, Hannity said that Shine's departure would be "the total end of the FNC as we know it", and used the hashtag "#IStandWithShine". "I know Bill was respected and liked by everyone at Fox News". Scott has denied the claims and, on Tuesday through a Fox News spokesperson, she released a statement saying she "never asked any women at Fox News - on-air or off - to support Roger Ailes".

Shine's departure suggests the efforts to uncover abusive conduct have made progress, said Angelo Carusone of the watchdog group Media Matters, a vocal critic of Fox News.

Watters remains with the network, a Fox News spokesperson said Monday.

The Washington Free Beacon reported on Monday that Shine resigned after Hannity tweeted on April 27 that "somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC" was trying to get Shine fired.