Published: Wed, May 03, 2017
World | By Lorena Waters

Fox News co-president Bill Shine is out

Fox News co-president Bill Shine is out

Shine started his FNC career as the producer of "Hannity & Colmes" when the network launched in October 1996.

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From inside, the news about Wallace and Hewitt was seen as just two more steps toward the full execution of the vision of Andy Lack, the NBC News executive who oversees MSNBC. The O'Reilly crisis ignited a groundswell of transparency among employees, many of whom had operated for years under Ailes's Nixonian culture of opacity.

Shine was not accused of any direct wrongdoing.

Shine's resignation is one of those behind the camera moves that won't effect viewers much, except that Shine was a close ally of Roger Ailes, and as such intimately knew the winning formula, such as it is. Shine's name was also included in other lawsuits against the network.

Shine may have had a pleasant personality and may not have harassed women himself, but according to the well-sourced reporting of NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman and others, he covered for and helped Ailes at many junctures. He was gracious, even to a reporter from Fox rival CNN.

Abernethy remains co-president of Fox News and chief executive of Fox Television stations.

Well, no. Shine was fighting for his corporate life as recently as last week, reportedly asking the ruling Murdochs for a signed statement in support of his continued leadership of the embattled network.

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Shine is the third key figure at Fox to depart in the past year since the wave of complaints or harassment.

The terse and relatively upbeat announcement masked what has become an extraordinarily tumultuous nine months for Fox News.

Fox News's Bill Shine has resigned from his position as co-president, the latest in a string of employees to exit the network. Throughout all of this upheaval - the Ailes scandal, Megyn Kelly leaving, O'Reilly being canned, the racial discrimination suit, now Shine departing - Fox's ratings have remained gold-plated.

Although he wasn't named as a defendant, Shine's name was again all over the suit, with Wright accusing him of demonstrating "an obsession with race" in conversations.

Bill Shine's ouster from the beleaguered Fox News Channel appears to signal the passing of a generational torch from media titan Rupert Murdoch to his sons - even as other conservatives mull a challenge to the family's flagship network with the creation of a new right-wing cable network.

In the world of sexual abusers, it takes one to know one.

A recent lawsuit filed against the company last month by Fox News commentator Julie Roginsky, alleges that Shine "aided and abetted Ailes' acts of retaliation and harassment, " according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Politico.

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