BREAKING: Massive shake-up at Fox AGAIN

The departure of Bill O’Reilly will now hardly be the only high-profile departure from Fox News in the past month.

The abrupt resignation of Bill Shine, who had been Fox’s co-president, and with the network since its founding in 1996, was just made public. This comes partially as a result of the wave of sexual harassment allegations directed at Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly.

Fox contributor Julie Roginsky sued Fox and Ailes last month, accusing them of denying her a permanent job as a host after refusing Ailes’ sexual advances. She also sued Shine, claiming that he failed to investigate her claims.

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According to the Hollywood Reporter,  Suzanne Scott becomes president of programming and Jay Wallace has been promoted to president of news. Additionally, Brian Jones, executive vp of Fox Business Network, becomes president of the network reporting to Scott and Wallace.

The Murdochs had recently quietly put out external feelers for a new head of Fox News and were known to be looking for a woman, which would send a clear message given the cloud of sexism the network has been under since last summer when Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit opened the floodgates of similar accusations against Ailes as well as network star Bill O’Reilly. 

Shine has been accused of covering up incidents of sexual harassment of Ailes, his former boss, who was ousted from the network last summer after Carlson’s lawsuit against him. Since Ailes’ abrupt departure, Shine has served as co-president of Fox News Channel alongside Jack Abernethy — but his roots at the company are much deeper, as was his work with Bill O’Reilly.

Shine, who had been with FNC since its 1996 launch, has most famously been the top player in the cable network’s programming division. He first served as senior vice president, ultimately becoming senior executive vice president before his current expanded role.

While in programming, Shine was the point person on the familiar, fiery conservative commentary that made its primetime a ratings winner. He was the executive in charge of O’Reilly, Sean Hannity and former staffer Greta Van Susteren.

Reacting to the news, radio-host Mark Levin claimed that Shine was forced out – and that Murdoch plans on using this opportunity to hand over Fox to the leftists in his own family.

Last week, Sean Hannity said that without Shine, it would mean the “total end of the FNC as we know it,” but hasn’t tweeted yet regarding his departure.

This all comes just days after Mediaite broke the story that serious discussions are underway to create an alternative conservative cable news network to compete with Fox News.

If such a network comes to fruition, will Hannity be the first to switch teams? Stay tuned…

[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]

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