Shine departs Fox News

Shine has also been named as a defendant in a number of lawsuits against the network, along with O'Reilly and Ailes, including one sexual harassment account detailed by former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn, who alleged that Ailes harassed and "psychologically tortured" her for 20 years.

In a memo to the staff overnight, Rupert Murdoch, who controls the Fox media empire, said that Suzanne Scott would become president of programming and Jay Wallace would become president of news. Shine was not accused of harassment, but there were questions about what he knew about the network's workplace atmosphere for the years problems were going on.

Nevertheless, Mediatie is also reporting a super secret new conservative network is actively trying to get Hannity to come work for them.

Shine had been cited in several lawsuits as someone who enabled and concealed Ailes' behavior and dismissed concerns from women who complained about it. Mr. Shine's departure could portend big changes as the Murdochs move to retool a lucrative channel that has threatened to become an obstacle to their global business ambitions.

Shine began his career at Fox News Channel as a producer of "Hannity & Colmes" when the network launched in October 1996.

In a statement to the New York Daily News, Hannity called Schlussel's allegations "100% false and a complete fabrication" and threatened legal action against her.

A recent lawsuit filed against the company last month by Fox News commentator Julie Roginsky, alleges that Shine "aided and abetted Ailes' acts of retaliation and harassment, " according to a copy of the lawsuit obtained by Politico.

In a statement, Murdoch praised the pair as "recognized industry leaders" who 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".

Shine will be replaced by Suzanne Scott, who Sherman reports has a history of enforcing "Ailes's dictums, including his mini-skirt dress code for on-air women".

Now, a third Fox News heavyweight has left the building.

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. But the "Hannity" host tweeted an article denying that he was "negotiating an exit" from Fox, Politico reported on Monday. "Another said his final show could even be tonight or Tuesday evening, given Shine's Monday resignation", Kirell wrote.

Under British regulatory standards, the Murdochs are required to demonstrate that they are "fit and proper" media owners - a qualification threatened by the scandals that have been engulfing Fox for almost a year now.

  • Jacqueline Ellis