Rupert Murdoch says Bill Shine has left Fox News

Carla Harmon
May 7, 2017

Less than two weeks after the announcement that Bill O'Reilly will not be returning to his popular primetime show on the network, Fox News confirmed its co-president Bill Shine has resigned on Monday.

"We will all miss him", Rupert Murdoch, chairman of Fox's parent company, said in an emailed memo to employees.

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.

No reason was given for Shine's departure, but he had been seen as a key ally of Ailes and his name had been cited in lawsuits against the network claiming sexual harassment and other allegations. "In a series of tweets last week, Hannity said that Shine's departure would be "the total end of the FNC as we know it", and used the hashtag "#IStandWithShine". Jack Abernethy, who was a co-president with Shine, remains in his current position. He's also been named in a number of lawsuits, though he has not been accused of sexual harassment himself.

Ever since then, questions have swirled about how much Shine knew about the allegations against Ailes. Shine's deputy, Suzanne Scott, was promoted today to be president of programming, yet Scott is cast in unfavorable light in several lawsuits.

Amy Listerman, previously CFO of Scripps Networks Interactive, meanwhile took up her new role as CFO of Fox News Channel yesterday. He added that Shine's "contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years".

Nevertheless, Mediatie is also reporting a super secret new conservative network is actively trying to get Hannity to come work for them. "If I have anything to say about Fox News I will say it tonight at 10 [p.m.] EST", he tweeted.

"This is a significant day for all at Fox News", said Murdoch. Scott, who joined Fox News in 1996 and had been executive vice president, is now the president of programming for Fox News Channel.

When Ailes resigned amid sexual harassment accusations in the summer, Shine represented Fox News's legacy.

Mr. Shine has been with Fox News since went on the air over two decades ago.

"Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders", Murdoch said. Among others, former host Andrea Tantaros alleged in a suit previous year that she complained about Ailes' harassment of her to Shine, and Shine advised her against pursuing the claim.

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

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