Fox News Has Lost Another Key Player

Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Has Resigned

Fox News on Monday denied that top host Sean Hannity is negotiating his own departure from the network after former co-president Bill Shine resigned amid accusations that he helped cover up sexual harassment at the company. They join Abernethy, who remains co-president of Fox News and CEO of Fox Television Stations. Sherman has also reported allegations that Shine was involved in justifying the potentially retaliatory firing of Rudi Bakhtiar, another alleged Ailes victim, and goading women into the sort of confidential mediations and nondisclosure agreements that allow sexual harassment to fester unpunished. On Monday, a Fox News contributor said in a lawsuit that she was taken off the air after writing an article about a medical condition that would likely leave her infertile. "We will all miss him".

The fallout from the troubles that have enveloped Fox News has taken a fresh turn with the resignation of co-president Bill Shine and the promotion of long serving executives Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace.

Shine's position will now be split between two longtime Fox News executives. Wallace was named president of Fox News Channel. Scott has reportedly been tapped as the new Director of Programming for the cable news network. A new complaint last month from an unpaid commentator named Wendy Walsh led to O'Reilly's ouster.

"Suzanne and Jay are recognised industry leaders". That's how Sean Hannity portrayed the stakes last week when NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman reported that Shine was denied a vote of confidence by his bosses at 21st Century Fox.

She also sued Shine, asserting that he failed to investigate her claims. He's been at Fox for more than 20 years and has served in his current role since August 2016. He has repeatedly disclaimed any knowledge of Ailes's allegedly unethical or illegal behavior. He wasn't so talkative when I asked him for comment 10 days ago at a gala thrown by the Hollywood Reporter, nor did he respond to requests for comment today.

Shine is a holdover from the Roger Ailes-era of the network.

"I pray this is NOT true because if it is, that's the total end of the FNC as we know it", Hannity tweeted then about Shine's possible departure. "Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC is trying to get an innocent person fired", he tweeted.

A new opportunity at another network could not have come at a better time for Hannity.



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