Former Fox News executive Bill Shine will take a top White House communications job

  • Former Fox News executive Bill Shine will join the White House as the next deputy chief of staff for communications, the White House announced Thursday.
  • Shine was forced out at Fox last year after he was accused of covering up former network chief Roger Ailes’ sexually predatory behaviour.
  • The choice reflects the president’s deep ties to the right-leaning cable news network.

Former Fox News executive Bill Shine will join the White House as the next deputy chief of staff for communications, the White House announced Thursday.

Shine, who was close with the ousted former chief of the network Roger Ailes, was forced out at Fox last year over his handling of sexual misconduct allegations made by several female employees against senior male anchors at the network.

Both Shine and Ailes, who was accused by multiple women of sexual harassment and paid tens of millions of dollars in settlements, denied any wrongdoing. Ailes died in May 2017.

Shine, the former co-president of Fox News and the Fox Business Network, doesn’t have any experience in politics, but has long acted as an informal adviser to Trump, and has deep connections to Fox’s top personalities, including Sean Hannity, another influential Trump confidant.

White House officials told The New York Times earlier this week that they believe they will be able to withstand the criticism they will inevitably receive over Shine’s record as it concerns sexual harassment at Fox.

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