Fox News co-president Bill Shine is out

Despite the claims against them, the three executives have provided continuity as the news about Ailes, O'Reilly and Shine has buffeted the network.

That same week, on the afternoon of April 24, Shine and Abernethy were photographed leaving a pricey Manhattan restaurant with Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman and CEO of Fox News' parent company 21st Century Fox.

"But to some Fox News conservative vets like Hannity, Shine was the remaining bulwark against the Murdoch sons, who are seen as "liberals" trying to radically reinvent the network in the model of a mainstream cable-news rival like CNN."
Shine was not accused of harassment, but there were questions about what he knew about the network's workplace atmosphere for the years problems were going on.

Diana Falzone, 34, said in the lawsuit in NY state court that despite writing many popular articles for Fox News' website and routinely being praised for on-air appearances, she was abruptly sidelined in January, three days after the article about her struggle with endometriosis was published.

In that lawsuit, Douglas said that Slater told her not to complain to the head of human resources at Fox, Denise Collins, because she was a good friend and would do nothing to help her. Collins remains at Fox, although the company appointed Kevin Lord, an executive from outside of Fox who worked at NBC and General Electric, as the new chief of human resources overseeing her.

FOLKENFLIK: Shine's continued presence at the network was an unwelcome reminder that acting Fox News CEO Rupert Murdoch's promises for sweeping change had not yet taken place.

Shine's resignation comes on a day that a Fox News personality sued the network, accusing it of bias.

FOLKENFLIK: At the time, Shine was Fox's senior vice president for programming.

The news came hours after Fox was hit with yet another lawsuit, this one from a reporter alleging gender discrimination at the network. Diana Falzone said she was banned from its shows in late January after she wrote an online column about suffering from endometriosis, a reproductive health disease that she said would likely leave her infertile. The group was later joined by Fox host Sean Hannity, who gave Shine an enthusiastic high-five.

Mr. Shine's exit did little to quell a newsroom in tumult, however.

Hannity was on Twitter on Thursday to defend Shine, writing to NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman that if the rumors about Shine's imminent departure were true, it's "the total end of the FNC as we know it".

So it is, at first reckoning, with the appointment of Suzanne Scott, herself a long-time deputy of Bill Shine.

Last month, top-rated host Bill O'Reilly was escorted from his prime-time slot amid claims of sexual harassment, and one of his regulars, Jesse Watters, announced an abrupt vacation after claims he made suggestive comments about Ivanka Trump during a broadcast.

LISA BLOOM: It's absolutely shocking to me that there's this toxic culture at Fox News where they seem to think that paying out millions of dollars annually is just a normal part of doing business - it's not. Even as Mr. Shine was removed, another veteran executive with deep ties to Mr. Ailes, Suzanne Scott, was promoted. Scott is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

  • Salvatore Jensen