Fresh shakeup ousts Fox News co-president Bill Shine
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 03, 2017,
May 03, 2017, 17:45
Shine's departure from Fox is the latest controversy at the news organization plagued by recent sexual harassment allegations.
The Murdochs who run 21st Century Fox (FOXA) still have one more major hire to make at Fox News Channel, and that hiring could tell us whether CEO James Murdoch has gained any power at the expense of his father, Rupert, the company's executive chairman. Murdoch praised Shine's "huge role in building Fox News to. the nation's biggest and most important cable channel".
Shine had been cited in several lawsuits as someone who enabled and concealed Ailes' behavior and dismissed concerns from women who complained about it.
Shine has been named in at least four lawsuits or allegations related to alleged sexual harassment or racial discrimination at the network. He also tweeted: "I pray this is NOT true because if it is, that's the total end of the FNC as we know it. Done".
Jack Abernethy remains Co-President of FOX News and chief executive officer of Fox Television Stations.
Shine joined Fox News in 1996 with Hannity's help and reportedly had a "decades-long friendship and working relationship" with him. Falzone's suit claims that revelation "detracted from her sex appeal and made her less desirable" in the eyes of Fox executives, who ordered her off the air.
Shine, who had been with Fox News since its inception, will leave after helping the media company through a transition over the next couple of months, a memo sent to employees Monday by network executive chairman Rupert Murdoch confirmed. "His contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years".
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. Hannity has strongly denied all reports that he is negotiating an exit.
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.
And it comes with Fox pressing for approval by British authorities to purchase the 61 per cent stake it does not own in pay-TV operator Sky. He wasn't so talkative when I asked him for comment 10 days ago at a gala thrown by the Hollywood Reporter, nor did he respond to requests for comment today. They have both played a large part in assembling the deepest bench of talented broadcasters and journalists, " Murdoch added.