Bill Shine, co-president of Fox News, has resigned from the cable news network.
Fox News has confirmed Shine’s resignation, with a press release reading:
Bill Shine, Co-President of FOX News Channel (FNC) since August 2016, has resigned and will leave the company after helping the transition over the next few weeks, announced Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox. Shine has been with FOX News since its inception over 20 years ago.
In making the announcement, Mr. Murdoch 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.”
Jack Abernethy remains Co-President of FOX News and CEO of Fox Television Stations.
Shine has been with Fox since its start in 1996. He was a producer on Hannity and Colmes and worked his way up, serving as a deputy to former CEO Roger Ailes.
His leave comes only a week after Bill O’Reilly’s departure from the network after many reports accused him of sexual harassment.
O’Reilly has denied all allegations.
News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch appointed Shine and Jack Abernethy as co-presidents after Ailes left the company in July 2016. Ailes stepped down amid sexual harassment allegations from former anchors such as Gretchen Carlson and Megyn Kelly. Shine denied knowledge of any wrongdoing in those cases, and Ailes has similarly denied all the allegations against him.
Last week, primetime host Sean Hannity tweeted that if Shine were to leave the network, “that’s the total end of the FNC as we know it. Done.”
Several inside accounts have framed Fox News’s current woes as an identity crisis; Murdoch’s sons James and Lachlan are reportedly hoping to shake up their aging father’s creation into something more palatable to their worldview and less friendly to American conservatives.
Michael Wolff, a media reporter and biographer to Rupert Murdoch, reported last year that the younger Murdoch brother wants Jeff Zucker, President of CNN, to take over Fox News.
Well, that would definitely p*ss off conservatives…
Vanity Fair also reported that the brothers saw Megyn Kelly as the network’s “brightest star” and thought she was the future of the company.
The hard-hitting journalist who is speculated to interview the Kardashians on her NBC debut. Yes, she’s the future…of what, we don’t know.
It looks like Fox has some hard times ahead of them.