Fox News Calls For “Inclusive” Dialogue After Tucker Carlson’s Home Attacked

In what may come as a surprise to some, Fox News’ CEO and President today are advocating a dampening of the media volume after protesters set on intimidation showed up outside Tucker Carlson’s DC home last night.
“The incident that took place at Tucker…

In what may come as a surprise to some, Fox News' CEO and President today are advocating a dampening of the media volume after protesters set on intimidation showed up outside Tucker Carlson's DC home last night. "The incident that took place at Tucker's home last night was reprehensible,” said Suzanne Scott and Jay Wallace on Thursday following chanting members of Smash Racism DC screaming “we know where you sleep at night!” on the FNC host’s front lawn on Wednesday eveni…

Fox News Exec Revamp: Suzanne Scott Named CEO, Jay Wallace President

Suzanne Scott, the Fox News Channel programming boss who has been with FNC since it launched 22 years ago, has been named CEO of Fox News, which encompasses Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. The move is part of a restructuring at the top of Fo…

Suzanne Scott, the Fox News Channel programming boss who has been with FNC since it launched 22 years ago, has been named CEO of Fox News, which encompasses Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network. The move is part of a restructuring at the top of Fox News, with Jay Wallace, formerly FNC president of news, appointed president and executive editor. Jack Abernethy, who had been co-president of Fox News, shifts to full-time focus as as CEO of the expanded Fox Television…

Fox News Names Suzanne Scott as New CEO

Fox News has named Suzanne Scott as its new Chief Executive Officer, the company announced on Thursday.
“Suzanne has been instrumental in the success of Fox News and she has now made history as its first female CEO,” said co-chairman of New…

Fox News has named Suzanne Scott as its new Chief Executive Officer, the company announced on Thursday.

“Suzanne has been instrumental in the success of Fox News and she has now made history as its first female CEO,” said co-chairman of News Corp and 21st Century Fox, Lachlan Murdoch. “Her vision and innovation have helped create some of the most popular and lucrative primetime programs on cable and as we embark on the era of the proposed New Fox, I am confident that Suzanne’s leadership will ensure the dominance of both Fox News and FBN for years to come.”

Scott previously served as president for programming and development and has worked with the channel since its inception in 1996.

The release also announced that Jay Wallace, previously president of news and editorial at the channel, had been appointed president of Fox News and executive editor. The channel’s current co-president Jack Abernethy will move to the role of CEO of “the newly expanded FOX Television Stations Group.”

The reshuffling marks what will likely be a tumultuous few years for the channel. On Wednesday, the channel’s parent 21st Century Fox announced that Lachlan Murdoch would take over Fox as chairman and CEO after the company completed a sale of assets to the Walt Disney Company.

The diminished “new” Fox the company is now touting will have purview over Fox News, Fox Business Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports, Fox Television Stations Group, and sports cable networks FS1, FS2. A release from 21st Century Fox also noted that the family patriarch Rupert Murdoch would assume the role of co-chairman.

The media titan’s other son, James Murdoch, was noticeably left off the masthead. The more liberal scion of the Murdoch family is expected to leave the business for his own venture capital fund, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Suzanne Scott Named CEO of Fox News

Veteran programming executive Suzanne Scott was named chief executive of the Fox News unit of 21st Century Fox, part of the continuing reorganization of the company as it prepares to sell the bulk of its assets to Walt Disney Co. She will report to Lac…

Veteran programming executive Suzanne Scott was named chief executive of the Fox News unit of 21st Century Fox, part of the continuing reorganization of the company as it prepares to sell the bulk of its assets to Walt Disney Co. She will report to Lachlan Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch, who will lead the recalibrated company. […]

Fox News Taps Mark Levin for New Weekend Primetime Show

Fox News said it had signed Mark Levin, the nationally syndicated conservative radio host, to anchor an hour each Sunday night at 10 p.m. “Life, Liberty & Levin” is expected to explore “fundamental values and principles undergirding American society, culture, politics, and current events, and their relevance to the nation’s future and everyday lives of […]

Fox News said it had signed Mark Levin, the nationally syndicated conservative radio host, to anchor an hour each Sunday night at 10 p.m. “Life, Liberty & Levin” is expected to explore “fundamental values and principles undergirding American society, culture, politics, and current events, and their relevance to the nation’s future and everyday lives of […]

Why Fox News Exec Suzanne Scott Isn’t the Answer to Network’s Discrimination Problem

Fox News has “solved” its image problem. After last week’s attempt to roll out a new and improved Fox News floundered — which resulted in a mysterious, sudden “vacation” for correspondent Jesse Watters — co-president Bill Shine, one of the cable news network’s founding fathers, resigned from the network. In his place, Fox News promoted… Read more »

Fox News has “solved” its image problem. After last week’s attempt to roll out a new and improved Fox News floundered — which resulted in a mysterious, sudden “vacation” for correspondent Jesse Watters — co-president Bill Shine, one of the cable news network’s founding fathers, resigned from the network. In his place, Fox News promoted... Read more »

Fox News Dominates April Ratings Despite Network Shakeup

Fox News Channel’s behind-the-scenes turmoil hasn’t slowed down the ratings juggernaut, as FNC finished April as the most-watched channel in all of cable.

Fox News averaged 2.4 million primetime viewers to finish atop the category for the third straight month. TNT’s NBA-playoff heavy schedule finished second, averaging 1.8 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. MSNBC, HGTV and ESPN round out the top five.

Among total day viewers, Fox News also finished No. 1 for the tenth straight month, averaging 1.5 million viewers compared to 1.1 million for second place Nickelodeon. No other cable networks surpassed the one-million viewer average for the month as HGTV MSNBC, and TNT round out the top five.

Also Read: Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Is Out as Scandal Claims Another Head

April marks the 184-straight month that Fox News has beaten cable news rivals CNN and MSNBC. April was quite a month for Fox News, as the network parted ways with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, and co-president Bill Shine amid on-going sexual harassment allegations.

The month also saw major changes to the network’s programming. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” moved from 9 p.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET to replace “The O’Reilly Factor,” while “The Five” moved to 9 p.m. A new one-hour, political talk show called “The Fox News Specialists” moved into the 5 p.m. ET timeslot.

The shakeup atop Fox News hasn’t turned away viewers. The network grew 36 percent among total day viewers compared to April of 2016, which was well before former anchor Gretchen Carlson came forward with sexual harassment allegations against founding CEO Roger Ailes.

A variety of women came forward with similar claims and Ailes eventually stepped down in disgrace. O’Reilly and Shine are also gone because of the on-going scandal, but it should ne noted that Shine was never accused of harassment himself.  All three men deny all allegations made against them.

The company announced Monday that current Fox News executives Suzanne Scott was promoted to president of programming and Jay Wallace to president of news.

It will be interesting to see if the new regime can keep Fox News’ streak going for another month.

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Fox News Channel’s behind-the-scenes turmoil hasn’t slowed down the ratings juggernaut, as FNC finished April as the most-watched channel in all of cable.

Fox News averaged 2.4 million primetime viewers to finish atop the category for the third straight month. TNT’s NBA-playoff heavy schedule finished second, averaging 1.8 million viewers between 8-11 p.m. MSNBC, HGTV and ESPN round out the top five.

Among total day viewers, Fox News also finished No. 1 for the tenth straight month, averaging 1.5 million viewers compared to 1.1 million for second place Nickelodeon. No other cable networks surpassed the one-million viewer average for the month as HGTV MSNBC, and TNT round out the top five.

April marks the 184-straight month that Fox News has beaten cable news rivals CNN and MSNBC. April was quite a month for Fox News, as the network parted ways with its biggest star, Bill O’Reilly, and co-president Bill Shine amid on-going sexual harassment allegations.

The month also saw major changes to the network’s programming. “Tucker Carlson Tonight” moved from 9 p.m. ET to 8 p.m. ET to replace “The O’Reilly Factor,” while “The Five” moved to 9 p.m. A new one-hour, political talk show called “The Fox News Specialists” moved into the 5 p.m. ET timeslot.

The shakeup atop Fox News hasn’t turned away viewers. The network grew 36 percent among total day viewers compared to April of 2016, which was well before former anchor Gretchen Carlson came forward with sexual harassment allegations against founding CEO Roger Ailes.

A variety of women came forward with similar claims and Ailes eventually stepped down in disgrace. O’Reilly and Shine are also gone because of the on-going scandal, but it should ne noted that Shine was never accused of harassment himself.  All three men deny all allegations made against them.

The company announced Monday that current Fox News executives Suzanne Scott was promoted to president of programming and Jay Wallace to president of news.

It will be interesting to see if the new regime can keep Fox News’ streak going for another month.

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Will Sean Hannity Be the Next Fox News Star to Go?

Fox News star Sean Hannity recently tweeted that if the network’s co-president Bill Shine were forced out it would be the “end of the FNC as we know it.”

Well, the end is here. Shine stepped down Monday amid the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that has caused a huge shakeup atop the network, and speculation is rampant that Hannity will be the next star to leave based on his close ties to the now-former Fox News boss. And as it turns out, Fox News might not be able to do anything about it, thanks to a clause in Hannity’s contract that allows him to quit whenever he wants.

Shine and Hannity are longtime friends and colleagues who have worked together since 1996. In fact, Hannity watched Shine grow from “Hannity and Colmes” producer to co-president of the network. Hannity has subsequently stood by Shine, and last week tweeted his belief that “somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC” is deliberately trying to ruin Shine’s career.

Also Read: Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Is Out as Scandal Claims Another Head

Fox News has filled Shine’s job internally for now, which should be a considered a positive development for Hannity — unless he thinks one of the now-promoted executives was the leak.

It would obviously be a very risky move for Hannity to bolt, considering he hosts one of the most popular shows in the history of cable news. But Fox News viewers can attest that crazier things have happened.

Fox News has already lost two primetime superstars in 2017. Megyn Kelly bolted for NBC when her contract was up and Bill O’Reilly was recently fired because of the aforementioned sexual harassment claims. O’Reilly-Kelly-Hannity was the primetime lineup that helped Fox News dominate the cable news landscape for the past few years, but only one of them remains.

Also Read: Reporter Has No Idea Why Sean Hannity Keeps Tweeting at Him

Luckily for Fox News, the network managed to lose O’Reilly and Kelly without suffering a decline in ratings. But Many insiders consider Shine the guy who held everything together. If Hannity were to follow Shine out the door then longtime viewers of the network would hardly recognize the place.

Just last week, Mediaite reported that “an alternative conservative network is being actively discussed amongst conservative fat cats.” The report claimed that “serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left.”

If true, a quick call to Shine could quickly get the old band back together. A new network could potential feature Shine leading a primetime trio O’Reilly, Hannity and soon-to-be free agent Tomi Lahren. Shine is regarded as someone who played a key role in shaping Fox News’ conservative voice that Hannity is the face of.

And if Hannity does decide to bolt, Fox might not be able to do anything about it. New York Magazine reporter/editor Gabe Sherman, who has been out in front of the on-going Fox News drama, reported that Hannity has a “key man clause” in his contract that would allow him to quit anytime.

Also Read: Sean Hannity’s Prediction of ‘Total End’ of Fox News Channel Has Twitter Rejoicing: ‘We Can Hope’

Shine, a protégé of ousted network founder Roger Ailes, had been with Fox News for 20 years. He was regarded as a key member of the old regime at Fox News and was promoted to co-president, alongside Jack Abernethy, last year when Ailes stepped down as CEO because of multiple sexual harassment allegations.

Last week, Sherman reported that Shine asked the Murdoch family for a public statement of support but they declined.

The report sent Hannity into a Twitter tirade, saying he prays the report isn’t true because it would be the end of Fox News. He even started a hashtag #IStandWithShine and tweeted the link to a Facebook page titled “Stop the Scalping” which condones targeting conservative voices by the politically correct.

It appears Sherman was correct about the Murdoch family wanting to get rid of Shine. Now it will be interesting to see if Hannity was correct when he said Shine’s ouster would be the end of Fox News as we know it.

Fox News declined TheWrap’s request to speak with Hannity for this piece.

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Fox News star Sean Hannity recently tweeted that if the network’s co-president Bill Shine were forced out it would be the “end of the FNC as we know it.”

Well, the end is here. Shine stepped down Monday amid the ongoing sexual harassment scandal that has caused a huge shakeup atop the network, and speculation is rampant that Hannity will be the next star to leave based on his close ties to the now-former Fox News boss. And as it turns out, Fox News might not be able to do anything about it, thanks to a clause in Hannity’s contract that allows him to quit whenever he wants.

Shine and Hannity are longtime friends and colleagues who have worked together since 1996. In fact, Hannity watched Shine grow from “Hannity and Colmes” producer to co-president of the network. Hannity has subsequently stood by Shine, and last week tweeted his belief that “somebody HIGH UP AND INSIDE FNC” is deliberately trying to ruin Shine’s career.

Fox News has filled Shine’s job internally for now, which should be a considered a positive development for Hannity — unless he thinks one of the now-promoted executives was the leak.

It would obviously be a very risky move for Hannity to bolt, considering he hosts one of the most popular shows in the history of cable news. But Fox News viewers can attest that crazier things have happened.

Fox News has already lost two primetime superstars in 2017. Megyn Kelly bolted for NBC when her contract was up and Bill O’Reilly was recently fired because of the aforementioned sexual harassment claims. O’Reilly-Kelly-Hannity was the primetime lineup that helped Fox News dominate the cable news landscape for the past few years, but only one of them remains.

Luckily for Fox News, the network managed to lose O’Reilly and Kelly without suffering a decline in ratings. But Many insiders consider Shine the guy who held everything together. If Hannity were to follow Shine out the door then longtime viewers of the network would hardly recognize the place.

Just last week, Mediaite reported that “an alternative conservative network is being actively discussed amongst conservative fat cats.” The report claimed that “serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable network on the belief that the Fox News Network is moving too far to the left.”

If true, a quick call to Shine could quickly get the old band back together. A new network could potential feature Shine leading a primetime trio O’Reilly, Hannity and soon-to-be free agent Tomi Lahren. Shine is regarded as someone who played a key role in shaping Fox News’ conservative voice that Hannity is the face of.

And if Hannity does decide to bolt, Fox might not be able to do anything about it. New York Magazine reporter/editor Gabe Sherman, who has been out in front of the on-going Fox News drama, reported that Hannity has a “key man clause” in his contract that would allow him to quit anytime.

Shine, a protégé of ousted network founder Roger Ailes, had been with Fox News for 20 years. He was regarded as a key member of the old regime at Fox News and was promoted to co-president, alongside Jack Abernethy, last year when Ailes stepped down as CEO because of multiple sexual harassment allegations.

Last week, Sherman reported that Shine asked the Murdoch family for a public statement of support but they declined.

The report sent Hannity into a Twitter tirade, saying he prays the report isn’t true because it would be the end of Fox News. He even started a hashtag #IStandWithShine and tweeted the link to a Facebook page titled “Stop the Scalping” which condones targeting conservative voices by the politically correct.

It appears Sherman was correct about the Murdoch family wanting to get rid of Shine. Now it will be interesting to see if Hannity was correct when he said Shine’s ouster would be the end of Fox News as we know it.

Fox News declined TheWrap’s request to speak with Hannity for this piece.

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Bill Shine Resigns As Co-President Fox News; Is Sean Hannity Next?

Fox News said today that its besieged co-president Bill Shine is out, calling it a resignation.
Shine becomes the latest to exit as the cable news network is battered by sexual harassment claims against bigwigs. He has been with the network since its inception and was seen as the right-hand-man of ousted Fox News chief Roger Ailes.
The news throws into question the future of Sean Hannity at the network, given that he has suggested he’d walk if his former producer did not…

Fox News said today that its besieged co-president Bill Shine is out, calling it a resignation. Shine becomes the latest to exit as the cable news network is battered by sexual harassment claims against bigwigs. He has been with the network since its inception and was seen as the right-hand-man of ousted Fox News chief Roger Ailes. The news throws into question the future of Sean Hannity at the network, given that he has suggested he’d walk if his former producer did not…

Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Is Out as Scandal Claims Another Head

Fox News Channel co-president Bill Shine will not remain with the network amid ongoing sexual harassment allegations involving top executives and on-air talent. He will leave the company after helping the transition over the next few weeks, Fox honcho Rupert Murdoch announced on Monday.

Shine, a protégé of ousted network founder Roger Ailes, had been with Fox News for 20 years. He was regarded as a key member of the old regime at Fox News and was promoted to co-president, alongside Jack Abernethy, last year when Ailes stepped down as CEO because of multiple sexual harassment allegations.

To fill the leadership gap, the company announced that current Fox News executives Suzanne Scott has been promoted to president of programming and Jay Wallace to president of news. Abernethy remains Co-President of Fox News and CEO of Fox Television Stations.

Also Read: Why Fox News Co-President Bill Shine Is Having a Terrible Week

Shine has not been accused of sexual harassment himself, but he has been named in several lawsuits for allegations related to harassment or racial discrimination at the network for his knowledge of indiscretions and alleged involvement in punishing those filed complaints. Shine has denied all allegations against him.

Shine is the latest victim in an ongoing purge at the network following top-rated prime-time host Bill O’Reilly’s ouster last week because of similar allegations.

“This is a significant day for all at Fox News. 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,” Murdoch said in a statement.

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“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,” Murdoch said.

On Monday, Fox News also promoted Brian Jones to executive vice president of Fox Business Network, where he will report to Scott and Wallace. Amy Listerman started her new role as CFO this week and Human Resources executive vice president Kevin Lord was given additional responsibilities during the shake up.

From a business standpoint, Shine will be remembered as one of the most successful cable news executives of all time. Fox News continued to rule the ratings landscape when Shine and Abernethy took over the network, not missing a beat despite the absence of Ailes.

Shine is also largely responsible for the success of Fox News’ sister, Fox Business Network, which has seen a significant boost since he switched up the network’s programming back in 2014.

However, 21st Century Fox has dealt with a public relations nightmare regarding Fox News, because of harassment allegations aimed at many of the company’s most powerful men. Shine’s departure is proof that the company wants to clean up its image despite ratings success at both FNC and FBN.

Also Read: FNC Announces ‘The Five’ Replacement Show ‘The Fox News Specialists’

Shine is currently a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros. In a lawsuit filed last year, Tantaros claimed she tried to discuss sexual harassment with Shine, but to no avail. According to the suit, Shine told Tantaros that she should not “fight this” and that she “needed to let this one go.”

Tantaros’ lawsuit stated, “Shine’s inexplicable elevation sends the message that it will be ‘business as usual’ at Fox News when it comes to the treatment of women.” A more recent lawsuit by Tantaros accused Fox News of hacking her personal computer and using “sock puppet” social media accounts to harass her online. Shine is a defendant listed on that suit as well.

Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky also filed a lawsuit that lists Shine as a defendant. She claimed Ailes and Shine “unlawfully harassed, discriminated against, and retaliated against Roginsky and sabotaged her career.”

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“Shine retaliated against Plaintiff because of her complaints of harassment and retaliation and because Plaintiff refused to malign Gretchen Carlson and join ‘Team Roger’ when Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment,” the suit reads.

Former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn has also mentioned Shine when discussing her sexual harassment claims against Ailes. Shine has denied all allegations against him.

Shine recently asked Rupert Murdoch’s sons to release a statement in support of him after O’Reilly was fired, but they declined, according to a report published Thursday by New York magazine editor/reporter Gabe Sherman.

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Sherman reported last week that Shine privately complained that the senior Murdoch “isn’t fighting for him” in the press. Rupert’s sons, James and Lachlan, opted not to issue a public statement defending Shine, Sherman wrote, citing anonymous sources within the tight-knit company.

Meanwhile, prime-time host Sean Hannity took to Twitter last Thursday to declare that if Sherman’s report is true, it’s “the total end of the FNC as we know it.” Hannity went on to accuse a Fox News executive of “trying to get an innocent person fired” and started a hashtag to support Shine.

It will be interesting to see how Hannity addresses the situation or if he attempts to bolt the network that is slowly eliminating his longtime colleagues.

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Fox News Channel co-president Bill Shine will not remain with the network amid ongoing sexual harassment allegations involving top executives and on-air talent. He will leave the company after helping the transition over the next few weeks, Fox honcho Rupert Murdoch announced on Monday.

Shine, a protégé of ousted network founder Roger Ailes, had been with Fox News for 20 years. He was regarded as a key member of the old regime at Fox News and was promoted to co-president, alongside Jack Abernethy, last year when Ailes stepped down as CEO because of multiple sexual harassment allegations.

To fill the leadership gap, the company announced that current Fox News executives Suzanne Scott has been promoted to president of programming and Jay Wallace to president of news. Abernethy remains Co-President of Fox News and CEO of Fox Television Stations.

Shine has not been accused of sexual harassment himself, but he has been named in several lawsuits for allegations related to harassment or racial discrimination at the network for his knowledge of indiscretions and alleged involvement in punishing those filed complaints. Shine has denied all allegations against him.

Shine is the latest victim in an ongoing purge at the network following top-rated prime-time host Bill O’Reilly’s ouster last week because of similar allegations.

“This is a significant day for all at Fox News. 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,” Murdoch said in a statement.

“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,” Murdoch said.

On Monday, Fox News also promoted Brian Jones to executive vice president of Fox Business Network, where he will report to Scott and Wallace. Amy Listerman started her new role as CFO this week and Human Resources executive vice president Kevin Lord was given additional responsibilities during the shake up.

From a business standpoint, Shine will be remembered as one of the most successful cable news executives of all time. Fox News continued to rule the ratings landscape when Shine and Abernethy took over the network, not missing a beat despite the absence of Ailes.

Shine is also largely responsible for the success of Fox News’ sister, Fox Business Network, which has seen a significant boost since he switched up the network’s programming back in 2014.

However, 21st Century Fox has dealt with a public relations nightmare regarding Fox News, because of harassment allegations aimed at many of the company’s most powerful men. Shine’s departure is proof that the company wants to clean up its image despite ratings success at both FNC and FBN.

Shine is currently a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros. In a lawsuit filed last year, Tantaros claimed she tried to discuss sexual harassment with Shine, but to no avail. According to the suit, Shine told Tantaros that she should not “fight this” and that she “needed to let this one go.”

Tantaros’ lawsuit stated, “Shine’s inexplicable elevation sends the message that it will be ‘business as usual’ at Fox News when it comes to the treatment of women.” A more recent lawsuit by Tantaros accused Fox News of hacking her personal computer and using “sock puppet” social media accounts to harass her online. Shine is a defendant listed on that suit as well.

Fox News contributor Julie Roginsky also filed a lawsuit that lists Shine as a defendant. She claimed Ailes and Shine “unlawfully harassed, discriminated against, and retaliated against Roginsky and sabotaged her career.”

“Shine retaliated against Plaintiff because of her complaints of harassment and retaliation and because Plaintiff refused to malign Gretchen Carlson and join ‘Team Roger’ when Carlson sued Ailes for sexual harassment,” the suit reads.

Former Fox News booker Laurie Luhn has also mentioned Shine when discussing her sexual harassment claims against Ailes. Shine has denied all allegations against him.

Shine recently asked Rupert Murdoch’s sons to release a statement in support of him after O’Reilly was fired, but they declined, according to a report published Thursday by New York magazine editor/reporter Gabe Sherman.

Sherman reported last week that Shine privately complained that the senior Murdoch “isn’t fighting for him” in the press. Rupert’s sons, James and Lachlan, opted not to issue a public statement defending Shine, Sherman wrote, citing anonymous sources within the tight-knit company.

Meanwhile, prime-time host Sean Hannity took to Twitter last Thursday to declare that if Sherman’s report is true, it’s “the total end of the FNC as we know it.” Hannity went on to accuse a Fox News executive of “trying to get an innocent person fired” and started a hashtag to support Shine.

It will be interesting to see how Hannity addresses the situation or if he attempts to bolt the network that is slowly eliminating his longtime colleagues.

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Steve Hilton, the one-time strategy director to former British Prime Minister David Cameron, will take the reins of a new Sunday-night entry on Fox News Channel that examines the rise of populism in the U.S. and abroad, the 21st Century Fox-owned cable-news outlet said Wednesday. “The Next Revolution with Steve Hilton,” billed as a one-hour... Read more »

Jesse Watters Lands Weekly Fox News Show

Jesse Watters’ “Watters’ World” will become a weekly staple on Fox News Channel, the network announced on Thursday.

“Watters’ World” began as a popular segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” and eventually became a re-occurring weekend special. The show will now occupy the 8 p.m. timeslot every Saturday night.

“Jesse’s monthly specials have proven extremely popular and we are confident the ‘Watters’ World’ weekly airings will make a great addition to our weekend lineup,” Programming EVP Suzanne Scott said in a statement.

Bill O’Reilly’s protégé has emerged as a fan favorite on the network with his man on the street segments, where he typically exposes average Americans on their lack of knowledge of liberal bias.

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“I am humbled that FOX News Channel has given me this opportunity. I look forward to viewers entering my world more often and wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for Bill,” Watters said in a statement.

Watters had quite a year in 2016, getting into a fight with a Huffington Post editor who was attempting to film him during a party, being condemned by New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio after a segment on Chinatown that offended some people and even helped a liberal arts college decide they should fly the American flag. Now he starts of 2017 by landing his own show on a permanent basis.

Watters joined Fox News in 2002 as a production assistant and has worked with “The O’Reilly Factor” since 2003.

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Jesse Watters’ “Watters’ World” will become a weekly staple on Fox News Channel, the network announced on Thursday.

“Watters’ World” began as a popular segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” and eventually became a re-occurring weekend special. The show will now occupy the 8 p.m. timeslot every Saturday night.

“Jesse’s monthly specials have proven extremely popular and we are confident the ‘Watters’ World’ weekly airings will make a great addition to our weekend lineup,” Programming EVP Suzanne Scott said in a statement.

Bill O’Reilly’s protégé has emerged as a fan favorite on the network with his man on the street segments, where he typically exposes average Americans on their lack of knowledge of liberal bias.

“I am humbled that FOX News Channel has given me this opportunity. I look forward to viewers entering my world more often and wouldn’t be in this position if it weren’t for Bill,” Watters said in a statement.

Watters had quite a year in 2016, getting into a fight with a Huffington Post editor who was attempting to film him during a party, being condemned by New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio after a segment on Chinatown that offended some people and even helped a liberal arts college decide they should fly the American flag. Now he starts of 2017 by landing his own show on a permanent basis.

Watters joined Fox News in 2002 as a production assistant and has worked with “The O’Reilly Factor” since 2003.

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Donald Trump Wraps ‘Unprecedented’ Media Summit With Network, Cable News Execs

Kellyanne Conway called Donald Trump’s Monday meeting with executives and talent from network and cable news at Trump Tower “unprecedented” to reporters after the summit, which she said was assembled in only two days.

The president-elect’s off-the-record confab with anchors and executives from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CNN lasted a little over an hour and attendees didn’t answer questions on the way out.

Conway, who was Trump’s campaign manager and now serves as a senior adviser, organized the meeting that included power players from across the TV news landscape.

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“Excellent meetings with the top executives of the major networks … Pretty unprecedented meeting we put together in two days,” Conway said, according to Business Insider.

George Stephanopoulos, Martha Raddatz and Davis Muir represented ABC; Charlie Rose John Dickerson, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King represented CBS; Jeff Zucker, Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett represented CNN; and Deborah Turness, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd and Phil Griffin represented NBC News/MSNBC, according to Bloomberg. Fox News didn’t send any anchors, but executives Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace and Suzanne Scott were in attendance.

The meeting came less than a week after Trump ditched his press pool to take his family to dinner, which sparked outrage among journalists. Trump’s team and the attendees made “real progress” when it comes to transparency, according to CNN.

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Conway told reporters that Trump is scheduled to meet with The New York Times on Tuesday.

C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman tweeted out various pictures of people arriving to, and exiting, the meeting:

C-SPAN #elevatorcam just now Trump Tower lobby: CBS & Charlie Rose… cc: @brianstelter @Hadas_Gold @ChrisAriens @ErikWemple @politico_media pic.twitter.com/gmokS8HrYY

— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 21, 2016

 

New via #elevatorcam — Lester Holt …. cc: @brianstelter @Hadas_Gold @ChrisAriens @ErikWemple @politico_media pic.twitter.com/UNCVSfnPme

— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 21, 2016

Seen on C-SPAN #elevatorcam — Chuck Todd pic.twitter.com/MjdnIPzzcO

— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 21, 2016

Seen on #ElevatoreCam — Stephanopoulos departs Trump Tower lobby… cc: @brianstelter @ChrisAriens @ErikWemple @Hadas_Gold pic.twitter.com/GPVFO0v75s

— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 21, 2016

#ElevatorCam: PhilGriffin, WolfBlitzer, LesterHolt leave … @KellyannePolls briefing cc @brianstelter @ChrisAriens @ErikWemple @Hadas_Gold pic.twitter.com/UjINLuruFg

— Howard Mortman (@HowardMortman) November 21, 2016

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Kellyanne Conway called Donald Trump’s Monday meeting with executives and talent from network and cable news at Trump Tower “unprecedented” to reporters after the summit, which she said was assembled in only two days.

The president-elect’s off-the-record confab with anchors and executives from ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CNN lasted a little over an hour and attendees didn’t answer questions on the way out.

Conway, who was Trump’s campaign manager and now serves as a senior adviser, organized the meeting that included power players from across the TV news landscape.

“Excellent meetings with the top executives of the major networks … Pretty unprecedented meeting we put together in two days,” Conway said, according to Business Insider.

George Stephanopoulos, Martha Raddatz and Davis Muir represented ABC; Charlie Rose John Dickerson, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King represented CBS; Jeff Zucker, Wolf Blitzer and Erin Burnett represented CNN; and Deborah Turness, Lester Holt, Chuck Todd and Phil Griffin represented NBC News/MSNBC, according to Bloomberg. Fox News didn’t send any anchors, but executives Bill Shine, Jack Abernethy, Jay Wallace and Suzanne Scott were in attendance.

The meeting came less than a week after Trump ditched his press pool to take his family to dinner, which sparked outrage among journalists. Trump’s team and the attendees made “real progress” when it comes to transparency, according to CNN.

Conway told reporters that Trump is scheduled to meet with The New York Times on Tuesday.

C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman tweeted out various pictures of people arriving to, and exiting, the meeting:

 

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