Bill Shine resigned as co-president of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network after 21 years at the network, Fox announced today. Suzanne Scott will take over his duties as programming head at the network.
The removal of the Fox veteran–Shine had been with the network since its inception–comes as Fox News has faced a tumultuous year with the ousting of both former chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and star anchor Bill O’Reilly amid sexual harassment accusations and settlements. (Both Ailes and O’Reilly have denied any allegations against them.)
Pressure has been mounting for the network to fire Shine, who has been named in multiple lawsuits that also mention Ailes and O’Reilly. Shine was known as Ailes right-hand man and served as the senior executive vice president of programming before 21st Century Fox founder Rupert Murdoch made him co-president following Ailes’ ousting. By replacing Ailes with Shine, Fox had been criticized of not following through with its pledges that it would show zero tolerance for “behavior that disrespects women” and foster “a workplace based on the values of respect and trust.”
After the network was under scrutiny again in April following a report of five settlements totaling $15 million made by O’Reilly and Fox, the Murdochs (Rupert and his sons James and Lachlan) had reportedly been considering replacing Shine with an outsider or a woman to prove its dedication to changing the company culture.