Bill Shine leaves role as co-president of Fox News

The network said Monday, May 1, that Shine, a longtime lieutenant of ousted Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, is out.

Fox News co-president Bill Shine resigned on Monday, shortly after star anchor Bill O'Reilly's dismissal following multiple allegations of sexual harassment-tied payments to women going back more than 10 years to keep such charges quiet.

"The departure of Bill Shine proves what women at Fox News, Media Matters and others have been saying from the beginning: that the epidemic of sexual harassment at Fox News was not limited to the actions of a few well-known figures - and that instead it was indicative of a deeper culture of harassment", Carusone said.

Bill Shine, co-president of Fox News Channel, has become the latest executive to resign from the cable channel in the wake of a sexual misconduct scandal. "His contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years", Mr. Murdoch said in a statement.

"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."

Perhaps tellingly, Scott was not promoted to Shine's position as co-president of the network alongside Jack Abernethy, who oversees the business side of the company.

Suzanne Scott becomes president of programming at FOX News Channel, according to a news release. Fox News executives likely hope Hannity's tenure at the network will continue far into the future. Both O'Reilly and Ailes have denied the many accusations lodged by female employees of Fox against them.

His departure is sure to roil some of Fox News's most recognizable stars, with whom Shine had close relationships.

"Sadly, Bill Shine resigned today", Murdoch said in a statement to employees. 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.

Reports earlier said Hannity is loyal to Shine and was negotiating his departure with Fox News.

If you thought your Monday was bad, at least you're not Fox News. That's how Sean Hannity portrayed the stakes last week when NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported that Shine was denied a vote of confidence by his bosses at 21st Century Fox.

Both Scott and Wallace have been with Fox News since its inception - which means they, too, worked closely with Ailes for two decades. But he is named in several of the harassment lawsuits filed against the network, alleging that he failed to act on complaints about Ailes.

  • Zachary Reyes