Burning down the house.
Ailes, O’Reilly, now Shine. The left-leaning Murdoch boys are burning their house down.
Here’s hoping that Roger Ailes and his team are working on bringing another conservative network to the airwaves after his non-compete clause expires. There is a great opportunity for a right-of-center news channel. It seems inevitable. And so we wait the second coming of a conservative network, where the work of my colleagues and I will have a home.
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Fox News co-president Bill Shine resigns amid network turmoil
By Hadas Gold, Politico, May 2, 2017:
Adding yet another chapter to the ongoing changes at Fox News, network co-president Bill Shine has resigned from his post, the network announced on Monday.
Shine, who was named co-president after the ouster of long-time Fox News chief Roger Ailes last summer, has been seen by many as the main anchor and connection to the news organization that Ailes built.
Shine’s exit is expected to fuel the speculation within the network that a bigger housecleaning is coming, as owner Rupert Murdoch cedes more power to his two sons, who were widely believed to have been behind the ouster of longtime host Bill O’Reilly among sexual harassment allegations.
“Sadly, Bill Shine resigned today. I know Bill was respected and liked by everybody at Fox news. We will all miss him,” Rupert Murdoch wrote in a memo to staff obtained by POLITICO. “Suzanne Scott becomes President, Programming and Jay Wallace President News. Fox News continues to break both viewing and revenue records, for which I thank you all. I am sure we can do even better.”
Scott, who has been with Fox News since 1996, becomes one of the highest ranked women in Fox News’ history, alongside recently appointed CFO Amy Listerman, whose first day was Monday.
“Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders,” Murdoch said. “They have both played a large part in assembling the deepest bench of talented broadcasters and journalists. They will lead FOX News to an even more successful future.”
Jack Abernethy, who was also elevated in the wake of Ailes’ departure, will keep his position as co-president of Fox News and CEO of Fox Television Stations.
In a separate statement, Murdoch called Monday 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,” he said. “His contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years.”
The news of Shine’s ousting was first reported by New York Magazine, and comes just two weeks after O’Reilly was let go from the network following a New York Times report that he and the network paid millions of dollars to women who accused the evening host of sexual harassment. That report led to public outcry, protests outside of Fox News and advertisers fleeing his show. Shine was named in some lawsuits for not taking action or trying to cover up allegations of sexual harassment. He has denied wrongdoing.