Women’s Group: 21st Century Fox Needs To Fire Fox News President Bill Shine; Can’t Fix Structural Problems With Him At The Helm

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Women’s Group: 21st Century Fox Needs To Fire Fox News President Bill Shine; Can’t Fix Structural Problems With Him At The Helm  

UltraViolet Says Shine Was Complicit in Covering Up O’Reilly , Ailes Serial Sexual Harassment; Keeping Shine Puts Employees at Risk

Karin Roland, Chief Campaigns Officer for UltraViolet, a leading women’s advocacy organization, explained:

“Fox News’ problem with sexual harassment and assault is way bigger than just Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes. It’s structural. And it can’t be fixed as long as Bill Shine remains President.  

“Bill Shine has actively provided cover for serial sexual abusers in the past including both Bill O’Reilly and Roger Ailes.  Shine even went so far as to renegotiate a new contract with Bill O’Reilly just a few weeks ago, all while knowing the full extent of sexual harassment allegations against O’Reilly because of his role in helping to settle those claims.  For Bill Shine and other Fox News executives – the problem wasn’t that Bill O’Reilly was a serial sexual predator – the problem was that advertisers abandoned the network after they found out the truth.  It was only because of public and advertiser pressure that Bill O’Reilly was forced to leave Fox News – that’s a cultural rot at the center of Fox News – and that’s Bill Shine.

“If 21st Century Fox executives are serious about holding sexual predators and their enablers accountable – they will fire Bill Shine and make public the results of a comprehensive investigation into sexual harassment at the company.  Unless they do, the next scandal for the network may just be months away.”

In addition to demanding that 21st Century Fox fire Bill O’Reilly, more than 79,000 UltraViolet members have called for co-President Bill Shine to be fired.  UltraViolet argues that Bill Shine was a key player in helping cover up sexual harassment and abuse at the network for years, and unless he is fired, the network is unlikely to be able to start fixing its company culture.

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