NEW YORK (AP) – Fox News Channel says co-president Bill Shine is out, the latest high-level departure at a network beset with charges of harassment and discrimination that have already claimed founding CEO Roger Ailes, leading personality Bill O’Reilly and a top financial executive.
Shine was not accused of any direct wrongdoing. But the longtime Ailes lieutenant was considered vulnerable because of claims that he looked the other way as charges of toxic workplace behavior piled up.
His leadership experience learned at Ailes’ feet was considered invaluable for the top-rated cable network, and Shine had been named co-president with Jack Abernethy upon Ailes’ departure. Abernethy, who has spent much of his time at Fox working with Fox-owned broadcast stations and not the news channel, remains. Fox also said that it was promoting two other executives, Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace, into more prominent newsroom roles.