All eyes on Sean Hannity after departure of Fox News co-president


According to New York's Gabriel Sherman, the most reliable source of reporting on the ongoing Fox News scandal, Shine was also mentioned in the accusations of Laurie Luhn, a former Fox News booker who was allegedly abused by Ailes for many years.

But Shine faced growing pressure to step down following reports that he stood by as women were sexually harassed by former Fox News chief executive Roger Ailes and prime time star Bill O'Reilly, who was sacked from the network on April 18. Ailes, its former CEO, left under a similar cloud of sexual harassment allegations last summer.

Shine started his career at Fox News as a producer on Hannity & Colmes, the program Sean Hannity hosted with the late Alan Colmes.

Jack Abernethy is still with the network as co-president of FNC and CEO of Fox Television Stations. The moves also give Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire who controls Fox News parent 21st Century Fox Inc., the chance to prove Fox News's success doesn't rely on any one personality.

At the end of his program Monday night, Hannity simply said: "By the way, a special thank-you to all our "friends" in the media that were tuning in tonight, maybe for the first time". Fox and O'Reilly reportedly paid as much as $13 million to settle the claims.

"Suzanne and Jay are recognized industry leaders".

In a statement to the New York Daily News, Hannity called Schlussel's allegations "100% false and a complete fabrication" and threatened legal action against her.

Jay Wallace, who has been executive vice president of News, becomes president of News for Fox News Channel. Shine, who has been cited in at least two sexual harassment lawsuits against Fox News, was widely viewed as a holdover who had to go.

Shine ran the programming arm of the media empire, while Abernethy, also a longtime Fox News executive, runs the business side of the company, including ad sales, finance, and distribution.

Shine is a holdover from the Roger Ailes-era of the network.

"This is a significant day for all at Fox News".

Even as the backstage drama has unfolded, Fox News has maintained its lead in the ratings over CNN and MSNBC, with newer faces such as Tucker Carlson.

Before Murdoch's announcement, Shine asked Murdoch's sons for a public statement of support, and they declined to provide it, according to NY magazine.