Fox News co-president Bill Shine has resigned from the network.
“This is a significant day for all at Fox News,” Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, said in a statement announcing Shine’s resignation. “Bill has played a huge role in building Fox News to its present position as the nation’s biggest and most important cable channel in the history of the industry. His contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years.”
Shine had been with Fox since the day it launched. He was promoted to co-president last summer after Roger Ailes was forced out of the network amid a sexual harassment scandal. Ever since then, questions have swirled about how much Shine knew about the allegations against Ailes.
Shine has been named in at least four lawsuits or allegations related to alleged sexual harassment or racial discrimination at the network.
According to numerous reports, Shine’s future at the network became uncertain, and the network’s biggest name, Sean Hannity, tweeted concerns about it last week.
After Ailes biographer Gabriel Sherman reported that Shine was “on edge about his job,” Hannity tweeted, “I pray this is NOT true because if it is, that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it. Done.”
Hannity also posted a hashtag: #IStandWithShine.
On Monday afternoon Hannity didn’t immediately tweet anything after the resignation news broke.
The other co-president of Fox News, Jack Abernethy, will remain in that position, Murdoch said Monday afternoon.
Suzanne Scott, currently an executive vice president, will take on some of Shine’s duties with a new title, president of programming, overseeing opinion shows like “The Five” and “Hannity.”
Jay Wallace will do the same thing on the news side as president of news.
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