NEW: Former Fox News Exec Bill Shine Accepts Top White House Comms Position


Bill Shine, the former co-president of Fox News, is set to take over the post of White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.

ABC News reported Wednesday evening that Shine was offered the job by President Donald Trump, and that he had accepted.

Darla Shine, Bill’s wife, congratulated her husband on Twitter:

Fox News’ own White House reporter John Roberts first broke word that Shine was in “final talks” to take over the post earlier Wednesday.

The New York Times reported, based on sources, that Shine was offered the job by Trump.

Shine, a longtime executive at the network, served as its co-president for nearly 10 months after the ouster of longtime head Roger Ailes amidst a wave of sexual harassment allegations.

Shine, considered by many to be Ailes’ protege at the network, left Fox News himself in the wake of a network-wide housecleaning, but has denied wrongdoing in the handling of sexual harassment allegations.

Since leaving the network Shine has reportedly been in contention for a position in the White House. He has also spent much of his time, Politico reported, down at President Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida along with mutual friend Sean Hannity.

The role of White House communications director has been a merry-go-round in the Trump administration. It was a position first held by the remarkably ill-equipped Sean Spicer, who passed it off to an invisible Mike Dubke, who was replaced — for eleven thrilling days — by brash New York financier Anthony Scaramucci. Hope Hicks served calmly in the position for the second half of 2017, until she left the job unfilled after her White House boyfriend found himself embroiled in a domestic abuse scandal.

As the conventional wisdom goes, Trump is his own communications director. But given Bill Shine’s stature as a longtime executive at Fox News, a network with close ties to the administration, he could prove to have staying power in the job.

UPDATE –– 6:06 pm ET: ABC News is reporting Shine has accepted a White House role:

Fox News has some details on this new development too:

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