Fox News co-president Shine resigns as harassment scandal rumbles on

Mon May 1, 2017 6:15pm EDT
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By Jessica Toonkel

(Reuters) - Bill Shine, co-president of Fox News Channel, has become the latest executive to resign in the wake of a sexual misconduct scandal at the cable channel.

The exit of Shine, who has been with Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's Fox News since its inception over 20 years ago, marks a key step in the attempt by Rupert Murdoch and his sons, who run the company, to clean house after a series of embarrassing revelations.

Chairman Roger Ailes resigned in July following sexual harassment allegations, and top-rated news host Bill O'Reilly left last month after a report that Fox and O'Reilly had paid out $13 million to settle harassment claims by five women.

Star anchor Megyn Kelly left Fox in January to join NBC News. Kelly was one of Ailes' accusers and detailed his behavior in her best-selling book, "Settle for More." Ailes has denied the allegations.

Shine has been named in a number of lawsuits alleging sexual misconduct at the company, and was blamed for not doing more to prevent it.

Last month, Julie Roginsky, a Democratic political consultant and Fox News contributor, sued the network and Ailes, accusing them of denying her a permanent hosting job after she rebuffed Ailes' sexual advances.

She also sued Shine, asserting that he failed to investigate her claims.

Shine and Jack Abernethy were appointed co-presidents in August to lead Fox News in the wake of Ailes' departure.   Continued...

FILE PHOTO: Fox News President Bill Shine departs after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 21, 2016.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson