But it also risks alienating some of its star performers. The 10 PM slot host said on Twitter on April 28 it would be the “total end of the FNC as we know it” if his Shine was sacked. “Somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC is trying to get an innocent person fired”.
Hannity has been vocal in recent weeks in defending Shine, claiming on Twitter that his dismissal would be fatal for Fox News. Meanwhile, Shine’s replacement as president of programming at FNC is Suzanne Scott, another original Fox executive.
Co-President Bill Shine resigned on 1 May 2017, becoming the latest high-ranking departure at the conservative news channel.
The network co-president resigned today as announced by CEO Rupert Murdoch in a three-sentence email.
“They have both played a large part in assembling the deepest bench of talented broadcasters and journalists”. Given all the turmoil surrounding Fox News in this context, however, the executive’s departure even after 21 years of service probably didn’t come as a total shock to media observers.
An executive at 21st Century Fox, the network’s parent company, said Hannity’s loyalty had no effect on the decision by the controlling Murdoch family. He did not. The host opened his 10 PM Fox News Channel show with a message for the “alt-left propaganda media”, saying, “I may have a thing or two to say – just for you”. “We will all miss him”, he wrote. “This is completely untrue”, Fox News said.
“Sean came up to me and said, ‘We’re going to double-team this, ‘ which was a weird phrase to use”, Schlussel said, referring to a debate with another guest. Shine’s resignation comes as the Murdochs seek to acquire full ownership of Sky, the powerful British satellite and cable network.
Shine joined Fox News in 1996 with Hannity’s help and reportedly had a “decades-long friendship and working relationship” with him. Among other things, Roginsky accused Scott of recruiting Fox employees to criticize Gretchen Carlson on behalf of Ailes.
And as you point out, it’s been documented through lawsuits and my own reporting that he enabled and allowed this culture of sexual harassment and secrecy and the hostility that women faced inside Fox News to continue unchecked for more than 20 years. Subsequently, dozens of advertisers left The O’Reilly Factor, which he hosted for 21 years. Shine has denied any wrongdoing.
When former Fox co-anchor Andrea Tantaros told Shine how Ailes had sexually harassed her, she said he held up a magazine cover with Ailes’ face and said, “Don’t fight this”.
NOW calls on Fox News to go beyond papering over its harassment problem-by making concrete policy changes that will actually protect women.