×

Bill Shine Eyed for Role as White House Communications Director

WASHINGTON — Former Fox News executive Bill Shine is expected to be offered the job as the next White House communications director, succeeding Hope Hicks, multiple news outlets reported on Wednesday.

An announcement is expected soon, according to the reports.

Shine was co-president of Fox News until last May, when he was ousted over concerns of how he handled sexual harassment complaints. He had been promoted as co-president after Fox News chairman Roger Ailes was terminated following an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment.

Fox News’ chief White House correspondent John Roberts reported that Shine was in final talks with President Trump for the job.

Shine would be the fifth person to fill the role as communications director since Trump took office. Mike Dubke served in the role until June, 2017, after which Press Secretary Sean Spicer took over as acting director. Anthony Scaramucci had a brief tenure in the post in July, 2017, and was succeeded by Hope Hicks. She departed in March, and the position has since been unfilled.

Shine joined Fox News in 1999 and was named senior executive vice president of programming in 2014.

Popular on Variety

The possibility of Shine’s selection was met with criticism from the group UltraViolet. Co-founder Shaunna Thomas said that “for years, Bill Shine actively covered up Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly’s sexual misconduct at Fox News, created and fostered a toxic work environment at the network, and actively retaliated against women who reported their abuse.

“While certainly disturbing, Fox News’ Bill Shine is an unsurprising pick for the Trump White House. Since taking office, the Trump White House has been a revolving door of sexual abusers and their enablers—and Shine would be just the latest perpetrator added to those ranks.”

 

More Politics

  • Elizabeth Warren, Joe Biden and Bernie

    Democrats Debate: Warren and Sanders Talk Women and Electability

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders sparred on Tuesday night over the question of electability, as Sanders denied having said that a woman could not win the presidency. Warren said on Monday that Sanders had told her in December 2018 that a woman could not be elected — while Sanders said the claim was “ludicrous.” [...]

  • Cory Booker

    Cory Booker Drops Out of Presidential Race

    Sen. Cory Booker announced Monday morning that he is dropping out of the presidential race, with three weeks to go before the Iowa caucus. In a message to supporters, Booker cited fundraising struggles and his failure to make the debate stage, and said he no longer sees a path to victory. “Our campaign has reached [...]

  • Ari Shapiro

    'All Things Considered' Host Ari Shapiro Signs With CAA (EXCLUSIVE)

    “All Things Considered” host Ari Shapiro has signed with CAA, Variety has learned. Before serving as one of the hosts of NPR’s award-winning afternoon news magazine program, Shapiro was NPR’s White House and international correspondent based in London. He was the first NPR reporter promoted to correspondent before the age of 30. “Many of the [...]

  • Jackie Lacey and George Gascon

    Los Angeles D.A. Challenger Questions Timing of Weinstein Rape Charges

    The leading challenger in the race for Los Angeles County district attorney has questioned the timing of rape charges against Harvey Weinstein, saying it “smacks of politics.” District Attorney Jackie Lacey is running for a third term in the March 3 primary election. On Monday, she held a press conference to announce four charges against [...]

  • Prince Harry and Meghan Duchess of

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to 'Step Back as Senior Members of Royal Family'

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have announced they are “stepping back as senior members of the Royal Family.” In an Instagram post, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex explained that they made the decision to work towards “becoming financially independent” and to raise their son between the United States and the United Kingdom. Speculation is [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content