Fox News Is Reportedly Looking For A Woman To Run The Network
- Author: Marlene Weaver Apr 30, 2017,
Apr 30, 2017, 1:27
The accusations against the network follow controversy surrounding former star anchor Bill O'Reilly, who was sacked last week for alleged sexual harassment, and the ousting of former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes after a sexual harassment suit last summer.
Bill O'Reilly made a thinly veiled reference to the sexual harassment scandal that cost him his job at Fox News by comparing his situation to that of his father, who served in World War II.
Each complaint, at least in part, addresses the behavior of Judith Slater, the company's longtime comptroller whom Fox News fired in late February.
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. Fox News has lost a number of its star personalities since the allegations against Ailes came out, including Gretchen Carlson, Greta van Susteren, Megyn Kelly, and now Bill O'Reilly.
21st Century Fox signed Shine and fellow co-president Jack Abernethy to multi-year deals last fall, and Rupert Murdoch took both men to lunch at Manhattan's posh Italian restaurant Marea earlier this week in what sources described as an obvious public show of support. Shine has been named defendant in a number of lawsuits against the network, along with O'Reilly and Ailes. In December, the network hired Kevin Lord, the former General Electric/NBC human resources chief, to head up their HR department. Shine has vehemently denied Tantaros' accusations, which most recently include allegations of digital spying and cyber stalking through sock-puppet social media accounts.
Wright is one of 13 plaintiffs, all people of color who are either current or former Fox News employees, to sue the network in the last month charging racial discrimination. As detailed in an explosive NY magazine story, Luhn said that Shine arranged her travel to NY to meet with Ailes and he also recommended a psychiatrist when she suffered a nervous breakdown.
"This hurts", said Wright at a Wednesday morning news conference, adding that he has been trying to bring up issues of "systemic and institutional bias" at the network for years.
One source told THR he was known as "Roger's bag man".
"The fearless employees who filed this lawsuit have shown that at Fox News, being Black-or a person of color, or a woman-means having a target on your back", said Rashad Robinson, executive director at Color of Change, which has led the charge against O'Reilly and the network.