Fox News co-president Bill Shine is out

Tomas Mccoy
May 4, 2017

Fox News Co-President Bill Shine resigned, marking another high-profile departure amid a scandal over the network's handling of sexual harassment allegations against top executives.

Hannity was a long-time ally of Fox News co-president Bill Shine, who resigned from the network Monday morning.

Shine played a played a key role in building Fox News Channel into a cable juggernaut, having joined the 21st Century Fox unit when it first launched in 1996.

Mr Shine and Jack Abernethy were appointed co-presidents to lead Fox News previous year after chairman Roger Ailes resigned in July following sexual harassment allegations.

Fox News host Sean Hannity took to Twitter last week in support of Shine after reports began to hint of his potential ouster.

Suzanne Scott, now an executive vice president, will take on some of Shine's duties with a new title, president of programming, overseeing opinion shows like "The Five" and "Hannity".

Falzone's suit is the 15th alleging race- or gender-based discrimination or harassment at the network, according to NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman, who broke the news of Shine's exit.

Mr. Murdoch added, "Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders". Abernethy, who has spent much of his time at Fox working with Fox-owned broadcast stations and not the news channel, remains.

Fox News Channel co-president Bill Shine is stepping down in the wake of yet another sexual harassment scandal.

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, said Wallace and Scott have "played a large part in assembling the deepest bench of talented broadcasters and journalists".

Brian Jones, Executive Vice President of FOX Business Network becomes President, FOX Business Network reporting to Scott and Wallace. One Fox News contributor even sued Shine for failing to investigate her claims against Ailes. Both O'Reilly and Ailes have denied the many accusations lodged by female employees of Fox against them.

Last week, Sean Hannity, who has repeatedly defended Shine, tweeted that if Shine left, it would mean "the total end of the FNC as we know it". Shine and Abernethy were named co-presidents in that shakeup.

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.

The news represents what may be the final nail in the coffin of the "old" Fox News establishment. However, with Shine's departure on Monday, one source told The Daily Beast, there's no reason for Hannity to stay. He has been with the network since its inception and was seen as the right-hand-man of ousted Fox News chief Roger Ailes.

At press time, Hannity had not commented on the news regarding Shine's resignation.

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