In a widely-anticipated move on Friday, the White House announced the addition of Bill Shine to its communications staff.
The hire of Shine, a former top executive at Fox News, ended weeks of speculation over who would replace the departed Hope Hicks, who left her position as White House director of communications in March.
“He brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role,” a White House statement regarding Shine’s hire read.
In his new role, Shine will officially hold the position of assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for communications.
A 20-year Fox News veteran, Shine served in various producer roles at Fox, including executive of several prime-time evening shows. Shine also served as an senior producer of Hannity & Colmes, eventually rising to become senior executive vice president of programming for the network.
Shine abruptly resigned from the network in May 2017 following allegations of sexual harassment allegations against former host Bill O’Reilly and former chairman and chief executive Roger Ailes.
Both Ailes and O’Reilly were ousted from the network amid the scandal.
Although Shine was never accused of tormenting female Fox employees, he had been named by claimants in several lawsuits of disregarding an environment of sexual harassment at the network.
Shine joins three other former Fox News staffers at the White House, including national security advisor, John Bolton, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert and strategic communications director Mercedes Schlapp.
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