Fox News Co-President Shine Steps Down Amid Internal Strife

Olive Rios
May 15, 2017

A Fox News Channel co-president resigned yesterday, in the latest shakeup for the United States cable news giant rocked by sexual harassment allegations.

Others said Hannity could be leaving as early as Monday or Tuesday, or next week, given Shine's departure.

Rupert Murdoch, an executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, confirmed the news when he told employees Shine had resigned, according to CNN. "His contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years", Murdoch said.

On Monday evening, Hannity said he was not, contrary to some rumors, negotiating for an exit from Fox News. Shine had reportedly been named in at least four lawsuits accusing Ailes of engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior.

After longtime host Bill O'Reilly got the boot from Fox amid a sexual harassment scandal, media critics believed Fox was about to undergo a management shakeup.

Bill Shine poses with his wife, Darla, at the Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People in Media event on April 13 in NY.

But yesterday's announcement came from the elder Murdoch, who noted that Jack Abernethy would remain co-president of Fox news and chief executive of Fox Television Stations. Wallace, who also joined Fox News in 1996, served as executive vice president of news.

Amy Listerman, formerly CFO of Scripps Networks Interactive, began her new job as CFO of Fox News Monday. Prior to that, Shine oversaw all opinion programming and production as an Executive Vice President.

When New York magazine wrote last week that Shine was possibly in danger, it prompted Fox's Sean Hannity to leap to his defense on Twitter.

"Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders", Murdoch said in the statement.

Hannity tweeted that Shine's departure would mean "the total end" of Fox News "as we know it", and went on to allege that a network higher-up was trying to oust Shine.

Shine, a two-decade veteran of Fox News, had been guiding the network's day-to-day operations as the sexual-harassment scandal unfolded. Amid speculation, host Sean Hannity tweeted a statement in support of Shine.

Shine initially impressed Rupert, James and Lachlan Murdoch, his superiors at 21st Century Fox.

FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as well as political and business news. In February, news broke that Fox is under criminal investigation by the Justice Department for withholding information from shareholders about the sexual harassment settlements, which would constitute securities fraud.

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