Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Gone Amidst Sex Harassment Mess

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Stephen Battaglio

By Stephen Battaglio, Los Angeles Times

Bill Shine, the embattled co-president of Fox News who faced mounting criticism over his handling of sexual harassment claims against former chief executive Roger Ailes and recently fired host Bill O’Reilly, is stepping down, it was announced Monday.

With Shine out, Fox News is elevating Suzanne Scott, who will become president of programming at the network. She had been executive vice president for programming. Another executive vice president, Jay Wallace, has been promoted to president of news at the channel.

Both Scott and Wallace are longtime executives from within the organization but neither has been tainted by the sexual harassment issues that have plagued the company over nine months.
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Shine played a played a key role in building Fox News Channel into a cable juggernaut, having joined the 21st Century Fox unit when it first launched in 1996. Shine was known for his ability to identify the hot button issues that appeal to the conservative viewers who flock to the network.

But Shine faced growing pressure to step down following reports that he stood by as women were sexually harassed by former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes and prime time star Bill O’Reilly, who was fired from the network on April 18. Ailes has denied all allegations made against him. O’Reilly has denied the merits of the claims leveled at him, even though $13 million was paid in settlement claims to women who complained about his behavior.

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