The New York Times is running a profile this week of new Fox News Channel Co-President Bill Shine.
Says the story about Shine’s appointment as co-president, “It is an unusually public role for Mr. Shine, 53, who is little known outside his industry and shies from the more glamorous side of television that other prominent news chieftains, like CNN’s Jeffrey Zucker and NBC’s Andrew Lack, tend to relish. Mr. Shine has never been profiled by a major magazine, and there are few public photographs of him besides his official head shot. Through a Fox News spokeswoman, he declined to be interviewed for this article.”
The Times adds: “For years, Mr. Shine was known as an affable and loyal right-hand man to Roger Ailes, the now-deposed Fox News chairman, who relied on him to handle delicate matters with personnel. In 2011, when Sarah Palin, then a Fox News contributor, infuriated Mr. Ailes by breaking news on a rival media outlet, it was Mr. Shine who called her agent to clean up the mess.”
The article also notes that “Mr. Shine is emphatically a member of the network’s old guard, with a reputation as a corporate survivor and an assiduous flatterer. Some at Fox wondered if he would be kept on after his name, along with those of other executives, surfaced in recent accounts by two women who accused Mr. Ailes of harassment.
“Andrea Tantaros, a daytime host, said that when she complained about Mr. Ailes to Mr. Shine, he held an issue of Variety with Mr. Ailes’s picture on the cover and said, “Don’t fight this.” Mr. Shine, through a spokeswoman, said that Ms. Tantaros never approached him about Mr. Ailes’s harassing her.”
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