Fox News Channel, which has been rocked in recent months by sexual harassment scandals involving Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly, is shaking up its top management. The channel announced today that Bill Shine, who has been co-president of Fox News Channel since August, has resigned and will exit the company after a brief transition period.
Rupert Murdoch, Executive Chairman of 21st Century Fox, made the announcement. Shine has been with Fox News since its inception more than 20 years ago.
“This is a significant day for all at Fox News,” said Murdoch. “Bill has played a huge role in building Fox News to its present position as the nation’s biggest and most important cable channel in the history of the industry. His contribution to our channel and our country will resonate for many years.”
Jack Abernethy will remain as co-president of Fox News and CEO of Fox Television Stations. A Fox spokesperson said the company hopes to fill the position of co-president left vacant by Shine’s exit.
Suzanne Scott, who has been with Fox News since 1996 and was most recently executive vice president, steps up to become president of Programming for Fox News Channel.
Jay Wallace, who has been executive vice president of News, becomes president of News for Fox News Channel. Wallack has also been with Fox News since 1996.
Murdoch added: “Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders. They 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.”
The company also announced the following appointments:
- Brian Jones, Executive Vice President of Fox Business Network becomes President, Fox Business Network, reporting to Scott and Wallace.
- Amy Listerman, formerly CFO of Scripps Networks Interactive, takes up her new responsibilities as CFO of FNC today.
- Kevin Lord, Executive Vice President of Human Resources, will take on the additional duties as Head of Compliance, reporting to Gerson Zweifach, Chief Corporate Counsel of 21st Century Fox.