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14 May 2017, 02:58 | Lowell Little
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Bill Shine, the right-leaning news channel's co-president, and a loyal lieutenant of disgraced Fox News boss Roger Ailes, has resigned just a week after the network axed its star, Bill O'Reilly under a seething cloud of sexual harassment allegations.
The exit of Shine, who has steered the network's programming but has been accused in recent lawsuits of helping to cover up a culture of sexual harassment, came as a surprise to many at Fox News.
Fox News CEO Roger Ailesleft the network past year amid his own sexual harassment allegations. Significant departures over the past year include Fox News founder Roger Ailes, plus primetime hosts Bill O'Reilly and Megyn Kelly.
Shine started his career at Fox News as a producer on Hannity & Colmes, the programme Sean Hannity hosted with the late Alan Colmes.
Suzanne Scott, now 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".
Perhaps tellingly, Scott was not promoted to Shine's position as co-president of the network alongside Jack Abernethy, who oversees the business side of the company. A Fox News Channel co-president resigned yesterday, in the latest shakeup for the USA cable news giant rocked by sexual harassment allegations. Former Fox News host Gretchen Carlson's harassment lawsuit against Ailes last July triggered a succession of lawsuits, internal investigations, resignations and firings.
The Washington Free Beaconreported on Monday that Shine resigned after Hannity tweeted on April 27 that "somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC" was trying to get Shine fired. Shine had been with Fox since its inception more than 20 years ago. Fox News executives likely hope Hannity's tenure at the network will continue far into the future. This is especially the case after those sexual harassment allegations (and there's a fresh gender discrimination lawsuit against the network from ex-host Diane Falzone, who alleges that she was banned from appearing on-air after penning a column on endometriosis).
Shine was named in some of the complaints for failing to take aggressive action in response to complaints about Fox News personnel.
Murdoch added: "Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders". She had been executive vice president at Fox News. "They have both played a large part in assembling the deepest bench of talented broadcasters and journalists", he said in a release.
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