Fox News loses Shine as management restructure gets into gear


The network said Monday that Bill Shine, the network's co-president and a longtime lieutenant of ousted Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, is out.

The tweets were in response to a NY magazine report suggesting that Shine had sought public support from the Murdoch family, the controlling shareholders of Fox News parent 21st Century Fox.

His departure is sure to roil some of Fox News's most recognisable stars, with whom Mr Shine had close relationships.

Shine, a 20-year Fox News veteran, appeared to have the backing of Fox chairman Rupert Murdoch in the wake of the firing of Bill O'Reilly, Fox's biggest star. "His contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years". 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. Shine had reportedly been named in at least four lawsuits accusing Ailes of engaging in harassing or discriminatory behavior.

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Shine shared the co-president title with Jack Abernethy, who remains co-president of Fox News and CEO of Fox Television Stations.

"Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders", Murdoch said in the statement.

Last week, Sean Hannity, who has repeatedly defended Shine, tweeted that if Shine left, it would mean "the total end of the FNC as we know it".

DAVID FOLKENFLIK, BYLINE: Bill Shine was a Roger Ailes loyalist all the way, helping him take the conservative news and opinion channel further to the right in the age of the Obama White House, as Shine once explained to me back in 2009.

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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. Both O'Reilly and Ailes have denied the many accusations lodged by female employees of Fox against them. Putting a woman in the top spot at Fox News would send a distinct message given the issues that have been roiling the network.

Fox's chief counsel, Dianne Brandi, has also been mentioned several times by former and current Fox employees who had concerns about how they were treated.

'Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC is trying to get an innocent person fired.

And Jay Wallace was promoted to president for news at the channel, from executive vice president. In a racial discrimination suit, Fox News anchor Kelly Wright claimed that Shine focused on his skin color and would ask how he thought a white audience viewed him.

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The resignation comes the same day as Fox News being served with yet another lawsuit.