Fox News co-president Shine resigns as harassment scandal rumbles on

Fox News Co President Bill Shine resigns amid criticism of his handling of sexual harassment claimsMore

Fox News Channel co-president Bill Shine resigned Monday morning amid several sexual harassment scandals facing the network.

"This is a significant day for all at Fox News", Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of parent firm 21 Century Fox, said in a statement.

But Shine faced growing pressure to step down following reports that he stood by as women were sexually harassed by former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes and prime time star Bill O'Reilly, who was sacked from the network on April 18.

The abrupt resignation of Bill Shine on Monday may not be the last one among the old guard of executives who were closely aligned with ousted Fox News CEO Roger Ailes.

Many have called for Shine's departure since former CEO Roger Ailes left the company amid reports of sexual harassment in 2016.

Unfortunately, some of the pieces are falling into place after Bill O'Reilly was sacked last month, and former CEO Roger Ailes was booted in July 2016.

His leadership experience learned at Ailes' feet was considered invaluable for the top-rated cable network, and Shine had been named co-president with Jack Abernethy upon Ailes' departure.

Suzanne Scott, current Executive Vice President, will become President of Programming for Fox News.

Fox News Copresident Bill Shine is out at the network, two sources told NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman on Monday. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, were considering replacing Shine with a woman to help revamp Fox News' image.

Amy Listerman, formerly CFO of Scripps Networks Interactive, takes up her new responsibilities as CFO of FNC today. "I know Bill was respected and liked by everyone at Fox News".

Fox is promoting two executives as Fox News presidents. Both are also Fox News veterans that have been at the network since its inception under Ailes. One of the women who accused Ailes, Julie Roginsky, also blamed Fox's management for trying to cover up for him in a complaint made to New York City's Human Rights Commission. "They have both played a large part in assembling the deepest bench of talented broadcasters and journalists", he said in a release.

Last week, Murdoch went to lunch with Shine and Abernathy in Manhattan, an obvious show of support from the chairman.

The scandal over alleged harassment and discrimination at Fox News has led to another high-profile departure from the channel.

"Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders", Murdoch said in the statement. But it was neither racism, nor the bitter fruits of sexism that ended O'Reilly's storied rise at Fox News.



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