Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Has Resigned
Last month, Fox News said Bill O’Reilly, another popular host on the channel, would not continue with the news network after a New York Times report said he and the network paid $13 million to women who made sexual harassment allegations against him.
“Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders”, Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of 21st Century Fox, said in a statement.
The network’s interim CEO, Rupert Murdoch, confirmed Shine’s departure in an email to employees saying, “I know Bill was respected and liked by everybody at 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.
Sherman followed up with a few more reported details, including how Fox News talent was “stunned” by the development. And Gabe I KNOW WHO it is. “We will all miss him”. A Fox News Channel co-president resigned yesterday, in the latest shakeup for the United States cable news giant rocked by sexual harassment allegations. As Fox appears to be transitioning to the hands of the Murdoch’s less conservative sons, there is concern that the programming might head in more centrist territory.
“Sean came up to me and said, ‘We’re going to double-team this, ‘ which was a weird phrase to use”, Schlussel said, referring to a debate with another guest.
Shine, who had been with Fox since its inception in 1996, was a right-hand man to former Fox News chief Roger Ailes. Both joined NBC in January, with Van Susteren becoming the host of a programme on MSNBC while Kelly is slated to host a prime-time magazine show on NBC in June.
“Sadly, Bill Shine resigned today”, Murdoch said in the email. As Ailes’ closest ally, Shine was quite possibly the last link to the version of Fox News that Ailes was the architect of.
Last month, Fox News anchor Bill O’Reilly, one of America’s most popular hosts, was ousted over allegations of harassment, even though O’Reilly has strongly denied the claims. After 21 years, Shine will be partially replaced by the network’s highest ranking female executive.
First, its president Roger Ailes lost his job for sexual harassment. Among the claims are that Shine ignored or downplayed complaints and concealed Ailes’ behavior.