White House communications chief Bill Shine will reportedly receive $7 million from Fox while working for Trump

Alex Wong/Getty ImagesWhite House Communication Director Bill Shine
  • White House communications chief Bill Shine will reportedly receive approximately $US7 million from 21st Century Fox, the parent company of Fox News, while working at the White House.
  • The payment is reportedly part of a severance package attached to Shine’s ouster from Fox News following revelations that he allegedly mishandled of several sexual misconduct claims against Fox employees.
  • Shine is one of several White House staffers who have been scrutinised for potential conflicts of interest.

Bill Shine, the White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications, will receive approximately $US7 million from Fox News’ parent company, 21st Century Fox, through 2019, according to a financial disclosure reviewed by CNBC Friday.

The sum, which comes on top of $US8.4 million already paid to Shine, is reportedly part of the severance package he received after being ousted from the conservative media giant for his botched handling of several sexual misconduct allegations at the company. Among other things, Shine has been accused of covering up allegations against late Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes.

Two months after Shine left Fox News, he was hired by the White House to replace Hope Hicks in the top communications role, which has been in flux throughout President Donald Trump’s tenure.

Compared to other top staff forced to leave Fox News, Shine’s payout was relatively small. Bill O’Reilly was paid $US25 million and Ailes was reportedly paid $US40 million when they left the network. Trump has repeatedly hired former Fox News staff and contributors, but Shine appears to be the first top White House official to remain on the payroll of a major media company while employed by the government.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment, and Fox declined to comment on the record.

Shine isn’t alone in receiving criticism for potential conflicts of interest. Top White House advisers and Trump family members Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner reported earning millions from outside business ventures while working for the president, according to The Guardian.

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