Fox News co-president is ousted

Camille Rivera
May 4, 2017

In a memo to Fox News staffers, Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of parent company 21st Century Fox, said "sadly, Bill Shine resigned today".

Shine played a played a key role in building Fox News Channel into a cable juggernaut, having joined the 21st Century Fox unit when it first launched in 1996.

Shine was a longtime deputy of former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, ousted last summer after more than two dozen women came forward to accuse Ailes of sexual harassment.

Falzone is represented by lawyers Nancy Smith and Martin Hyman, who filed a sexual harassment lawsuit previous year against Ailes on behalf of former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson.

Shine began at Fox News as Sean Hannity's producer and now that he is gone, all eyes turned to Hannity. Fox said Monday that it was also promoted two other executives, Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace.

Jack Abernethy remains co-president of Fox News and CEO of Fox Television Stations.

Shine had been cited in several lawsuits as someone who enabled and concealed Ailes' behavior and dismissed concerns from women who complained about it.

Fox News has been hit with another high-profile departure.

Somewhat further into the weeds, an anonymous "TV executive" told Mediaitehe is trying to lure Hannity into signing up for "an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left".

Shine had reportedly become an unpopular figure at the network in recent weeks, following the ouster of Bill O'Reilly amid a new sex scandal at the right-wing network. She had been executive vice president at Fox News.

Jay Wallace, who has been executive vice president of News, becomes president of News for Fox News Channel.

O'Reilly and Ailes have both denied the claims made against them.

At the time, she also sued Shine, asserting that he failed to investigate her claims.

Hannity said last week that should Shine leave the network, it would be "the total end of the FNC as we know it".

Fox News, however, said in a statement speaking on behalf of Hannity and the network: "This is completely untrue."

The lawsuits against Fox News continue to mount.

What's more, according to Mediaite, Hannity has the option to void his contract with the network should a very specific person leave the network.

Hannity did not immediately respond to a request for comment about Shine's departure.

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