Former Fox News Exec Bill Shine Hired As White House Communications Guru

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Bill Shine

Shine, who resigned from the network in May 2017, will be deputy chief of staff for communications.

Bill Shine, who resigned as co-president of Fox News in May 2017, is joining the White House as deputy chief of staff for communications and assistant to the president.

"He brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role," the White House said in an announcement on Thursday. 

Last week, The New York Times, citing two sources, reported that Shine has met with President Trump about joining his White House as communications director, a role that has been vacant since Hope Hicks' departure.

Shine, a Fox News original, denied allegations that he helped cover up allegations of sexual harassment lodged against his former boss, the late Roger Ailes.

Shine had been rumored as a potential White House appointee since at least last summer, when the Times reported that he had discussed a position on the White House communications team.

Shine's candidacy is said to have been boosted by Fox News host Sean Hannity, who is close to the president and has strongly supported Shine in public.

Discussing the reports about Shine on his radio show last Wednesday, Hannity said, "If that's true, I think it would be great because he's great at his job and he's one of the smartest people I've ever known and one of the nicest people I've ever known."

At Fox News, Shine ran programming, a role that went to his former deputy Suzanne Scott, who was recently upped to chief executive of the network.

Media Matters for America, a left-leaning media watchdog and prominent critic of Fox News, put out a statement from the organization's president criticizing the pick.

July 5: Updated to include official hiring statement.