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Show of Support? Rupert Murdoch Dines Out With Fox News Execs Shine and Abernethy

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Well it isn’t exactly white smoke coming out of the Sistine Chapel, but it’s probably as close as we will get.

Mediaite has learned that Rupert Murdoch, current executive chairman and CEO of Fox News, took network co-presidents Bill Shine and Jack Abernethy to lunch today––the day of Fox’s big new primetime lineup. Fox News has been embroiled in troubled waters, and some wondered what the future might hold for executives throughout the cable news ratings leader.

An AP photographer snapped two photos today of, according to the description, Murdoch leaving a “power lunch” spot Marea in Manhattan with both Shine and Abernethy. Industry insiders have suggested that this public show of support is indicates that the two have safe footing at the network, in the wake of Bill O’Reilly‘s ousting last week after the multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Shine and Abernethy were named co-presidents of Fox News last fall and were signed for multi-year contracts. The two co-presidents recently made an appearance together at The Hollywood Reporter party in April.

As you’ve no doubt heard by now, tonight Fox News kicks off its big new primetime lineup with Tucker Carlson at 8 and The Five at 9.

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