Shine resignation part of major executive shuffle at Fox News
- Author: Zachary Reyes May 04, 2017,
May 04, 2017, 17:34
Multiple news reports on Monday suggested Fox News commentator Sean Hannity is planning on ditching the network just days after former colleague Bill O'Reilly was forced out over numerous allegations of sexual harassment - rumors that, if true, would see the news empire lose one of its last remaining headline stars.
The Daily Beast published a story hours earlier citing sources who said Hannity was looking for the exits after Fox News copresident Bill Shine resigned earlier in the day. Shine has been named as a defendant, along with O'Reilly and Ailes, in several lawsuits against the network, including one sexual-harassment complaint by Laurie Luhn, a former Fox News booker, who has accused Ailes of harassment and "psychological torture" over 20 years.
Shine resigned almost nine months after the network's former chair, Roger Ailes, did the same amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment on his part.
A press release from 21st Century Fox states Shine will be replaced by Suzanne Scott, who will take over some of Shine's duties as the new president of programming, while Jay Wallace will become the president of news.
At the time, she also sued Shine, asserting that he failed to investigate her claims. He added that Shine's "contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years".
Suzanne Scott, Executive Vice President becomes President, Programming of FOX News Channel. Jack Abernethy remains Co-President of FOX News and chief executive officer of Fox Television Stations. "Another said his final show could even be tonight or Tuesday evening, given Shine's Monday resignation", Kirell wrote.
His departure is sure to roil some of Fox News's most recognizable stars, with whom Shine had close relationships. Both are also Fox News veterans that have been at the network since its inception under Ailes.
FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. According to writer Gabriel Sherman, who has always been a watchdog of Fox News and has sourced many high profile stories about the network, Fox News may not be out of the woods yet. Rupert Murdoch held the title of acting CEO until Shine and Abernethy were promoted.