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According to a story in the Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News President Bill Shine Out at Fox News, Suzanne Scott Becomes President of Programming
Shine, who had been with FNC since its 1996 launch, has most famously been the top player in the cable network’s programming division.
Fox News co-president Bill Shine is out at the cable news empire. The move comes as Shine was due back Monday after two days out of the office for a pre-planned long weekend.
Rupert Murdoch, 21st Century Fox and Fox News executive chairman, made the announcement Monday via a brief email to Fox News staffers.
“Sadly, Bill Shine resigned today,” wrote Murdoch in a memo obtained by The Hollywood Reporter. “I know Bill was respected and liked by everybody at Fox News. We will all miss him.”
Suzanne Scott becomes president of programming and Jay Wallace has been promoted to president of news. Scott had been Shine’s second-in-command in programming and has been with the network since it began in 1996. Additionally, Fox Business Network executive vp Brian Jones becomes president of the network, reporting to Scott and Wallace.
The Murdochs had recently quietly put out external feelers for a new head of Fox News and were known to be looking for a woman, which would send a clear message given the cloud of sexism the network has been under since last summer when Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit opened the floodgates of similar accusations against former Fox News chief Roger Ailes as well as network star Bill O’Reilly. But multiple media observers note that Scott does not represent a break from the past nor the clean slate many women at Fox News have been agitating for.
In a media release announcing the executive shuffle, Murdoch also said: “This is a significant day for all at Fox News. Bill has played a huge role in building Fox News to its present position as the nation’s biggest and most important cable channel in the history of the industry. His contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years.”
Shine has been accused of covering up incidents of sexual harassment of Ailes, his former boss, who was ousted from the network last summer after Carlson’s lawsuit against him. (Shine has denied the allegations.) Since Ailes’ abrupt departure, he has served as co-president of Fox News Channel alongside Jack Abernethy — but his roots at the company are much deeper, as was his work with O’Reilly.
Shine, who had been with FNC since its 1996 launch, has most famously been the top player in the cable network’s programming division. He first served as senior vp, ultimately becoming senior executive vp before his current expanded role.