Murdochs Reportedly Searching for a Woman to Run Fox News


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The Murdochs have begun to quietly search for a woman to run Fox News, as pressure mounts to oust current co-president of the network Bill Shine.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rupert Murdoch and his sons Lachlan and James have “quietly put out feelers for a new head of Fox News”, with the preference that “the new leader be female.”

The news comes on the heels of mounting pressure against Shine, the current co-president of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network with Jack Abernethy.

Shine was elevated to co-president following the ouster of founding CEO Roger Ailes last summer, but remains embroiled in a network-wide sexual harassment scandal.

The 20-year veteran of Fox News is named as a defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros, and considered a hold-over from an Ailes era tarred by scandal.

According to New York Magazine‘s Gabriel Sherman, a tireless chronicler of Fox News’s internal controversies, Shine has privately feared for his job security since 21st Century Fox CEO James and co-chairman Lachlan declined to release a public statement in support of him.

Fox host Sean Hannity took to Twitter yesterday to defend Shine:

Not that Hannity’s support has done much to save Fox executives from the chopping block in the past…

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