Fox News Head Bill Shine Resigns Amid Harassment Scandals
- Author: Salvatore Jensen May 07, 2017,
May 07, 2017, 21:11
Shine, who has been with the network since its inception 20 years ago, will depart as head of programming after spending a few weeks at Fox "helping the transition" to new leadership, Fox corporate parent 21st Century Fox said in a press release.
"Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders", Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of 21st Century Fox, said in a statement.
But Shine faced growing pressure to step down following reports that he stood by as women were sexually harassed by former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes and prime time star Bill O'Reilly, who was sacked from the network on April 18.
The exit of Bill Shine - a co-president at the network and a close ally of Roger E. Ailes, its former chairman - came almost 10 months after Mr. Ailes was removed in the wake of numerous harassment allegations.
Many have called for Shine's departure since former CEO Roger Ailes left the company amid reports of sexual harassment in 2016.
Andrea Tantaros, a former Fox host, has claimed in a lawsuit that Shine knew of former network chairman Roger Ailes's alleged misconduct and ignored it. Shine has denied the claim.
The fallout from the troubles that have enveloped Fox News has taken a fresh turn with the resignation of co-president Bill Shine and the promotion of long serving executives Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace.
Shine shared the co-president title with Jack Abernethy, who remains co-president of Fox News and CEO of Fox Television Stations.
Shine's departure follows the firing of top personality Bill O'Reilly and Ailes, both amid charges that they had harassed women.
"I do think a couple more executive are vulnerable", says one insider.
Shine began working for Fox News in 1996, as the senior producer of "Hannity & Colmes".
Eleven current and former Fox News employees filed a class-action race-bias lawsuit against Fox last week.
The shakeup comes amid turmoil at Fox, the most viewed USA cable news channel and a favorite of conservatives. After 21 years, Shine will be partially replaced by the network's highest ranking female executive. On Monday, a Fox News contributor said in a lawsuit that she was taken off the air after writing an article about a medical condition that would likely leave her infertile.
The promotion of Scott and Wallace does not signal any great change of direction, as both are Fox News veterans who joined the company in 1996.
Nevertheless, Mediatie is also reporting a super secret new conservative network is actively trying to get Hannity to come work for them.