Fox News co-president Bill Shine is out

Fox News announced the exit of one of its co-presidents, Bill Shine, removing a holdover from the Roger Ailes era and signalling that the network is prepared to shake up its executive ranks as it tries to move past a season of turmoil that has engulfed it since last summer. But he is named in several of the harassment lawsuits filed against the network, alleging that he failed to act on complaints about Ailes.

So it is, at first reckoning, with the appointment of Suzanne Scott, herself a long-time deputy of Bill Shine.

Added Murdoch: "Fox News continues to break both viewing and revenue records, for which I thank you all".

"Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders", Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of 21st Century Fox, said in a statement.

Suzanne Scott, now an executive vice president, will take on some of Shine's duties with a new title, president of programming, overseeing opinion shows like "The Five" and "Hannity". Also, this doesn't fix Fox News' harassment problem. Could the new channel include stars like the ousted Bill O'Reilly, who didn't waste much time hitting the podcast waves after he was sacked amid a sexual harassment scandal? O'Reilly was essentially fired from the network in April. Jay Wallace, an up-and-coming news executive, will become president of news. Shine ally Sean Hannity, an adamant defender of all the now-booted names and a man whose Twitter behaviors have gotten increasingly ... erratic. may be on the verge of abandoning the network as well.

Despite the fact that Fox News is the biggest earning division of 21st Century Fox - with 20 percent of its profits - James "regarded numerous people at Fox News as thuggish Neanderthals and said he was embarrassed to be in the same company with them".

"Sadly, Bill Shine resigned today", Murdoch said in a statement to employees. "They will lead Fox News to an even more successful future".

The woman now at the helm of Fox News Channel is named in at least two sexual-harassment suits brought against the scandal-riddled cable network.

Hannity suggested Shine was being set up as the victim in an internal Fox News struggle.

Last month, host O'Reilly was dispatched amid reports that Fox News had repeatedly paid millions of dollars over the years to settle multiple sex harassment lawsuits against him.

In the midst of scandals, Fox News co-president Bill Shine resigned from the network on Monday.

He got an unusually public endorsement on Thursday from Hannity, now Fox's biggest star.

At the time, she also sued Shine, asserting that he failed to investigate her claims.

  • Jacqueline Ellis