Fox News Is In Free Fall. Another Executive Goes Down In Flames
Fox News co-president Bill Shine has resigned, the network announced Monday. Shine is the latest casualty in the series of scandals that has plagued the right-wing news outlet since last summer.
Shine, who had been with Fox since its inception in 1996, was a right-hand man to former Fox News chief Roger Ailes. According to CNN, he was promoted to co-president last summer after Ailes was forced out amid a sexual harassment scandal.
“This is a significant day for all at Fox News,” Rupert Murdoch, the executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, said in a statement announcing Shine’s resignation, CNN reported.
“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.”
Following the departure of Bill O’Reily last month, questions have swirled about how much Shine knew about the allegations against Ailes.
Shine has been named in at least four lawsuits or allegations related to alleged sexual harassment or racial discrimination at the network.
No one has accused Shine of harassing behavior — but some ex-employees have accused him of covering up the alleged wrongdoings of others.
On Monday evening, conservative commentator Sean Hannity, who is facing allegations of inappropriate behavior after he was accused of inviting a Fox News guest to his hotel room, said he was not negotiating for an exit from Fox News.
“This is not really very sophisticated management,” Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple said on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday.
“You know, if you have a rotten, corrupt network, which Fox is, and you have these problems, then you probably wanted to clean house once, not twice,” Wemple added.
Concerns about the culture inside the network could have bigger implications for its parent company.
Shine’s resignation comes as the Murdochs seek to acquire full ownership of Sky —a British satellite and cable network— and only hours after Fox News was hit by another lawsuit from a reporter alleging gender discrimination.