Published: Thu, May 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Has Resigned


"A Fox News executive who complained to ousted co-president Bill Shine about how her male colleague's treatment of women at the company was told "[the colleague] was a necessary evil", New York Magazine's Gabriel Sherman reports. He was promoted to lead Fox News alongside Mr Abernethy in the wake of Mr Ailes's departure, at the behest of Mr Murdoch, who built the sprawling Fox entertainment empire and is the news channel's executive chairman.

Bill Shine had been co-president since the resignation of news channel chief Roger Ailes, who abruptly quit in the face of a lawsuit from former news host Gretchen Carlson.

Shine was named in the allegations against Ailes, and Fox was reportedly feeling pressure from activists after O'Reilly left.

Shine joined Fox News in 1996 as the producer of "Hannity & Colmes" and rose through the ranks to oversee the network's entire programming slate, including Hannity's eventual transition to become a solo host.

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Jack Abernethy remains Co-President of FOX News and CEO of Fox Television Stations.

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

At the end of his program Monday night, Hannity simply said: "By the way, a special thank-you to all our "friends" in the media that were tuning in tonight, maybe for the first time".

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Fox News President Bill Shine departs after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of NY, U.S., November 21, 2016. He added that Shine's "contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years".

Shine had been mentioned in several lawsuits filed against Fox News for allowing a workplace culture in which sexual harassment and racial discrimination developed.

Shine has been named in multiple lawsuits targeting the network, along with Ailes and O'Reilly.

It's not hard to infer that installing a woman in a top position could spread a message of a new network era.

The Washington Free Beacon reported on Monday that Shine resigned after Hannity tweeted on April 27 that "somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC" was trying to get Shine fired.

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