Fox News Is Reportedly Looking For A Woman To Run The Network

A spokesperson for Murdoch also said Shine did not directly ask for a statement.

Shine has reportedly received some flak for sweeping prior harassment allegations under the rug; The Hollywood Reporter noted that his promotion as co-president "rankled" some Fox News employees, especially women, who saw him as "complicit in the sins of the past".

Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, may be looking for a woman to run Fox News, sources familiar with the Murdochs' thinking told The Hollywood Reporter. In December, the network hired Kevin Lord, the former General Electric/NBC human resources chief, to head up their HR department. And the preference, according to two sources familiar with the Murdochs' thinking, is that the new leader be female. His claims are part of a class action lawsuit filed this week against Fox News where at least 11 current and former employees accuse executives of fostering a "culture of severe racial harassment". The feelers are external; though it's possible that someone could get promoted from within.

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Suzanne Scott is the highest-ranking woman at Fox News on the programming front.

The report comes as the revamped Fox News captured first place in the cable news ratings race for the first three nights in primetime this week both in total viewers and in the key 25-54 demographic that advertisers covet most.

The report follows an article by NY magazine's Gabriel Sherman, who indicated Fox's management is looking to "shake up" the leadership in the wake of former host Bill O'Reilly's ouster earlier this month after a series of sexual harassment allegations. Similarly, O'Reilly denied all allegations against him.

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The 20-year veteran of Fox News is named as a defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros, and considered a hold-over from an Ailes era tarred by scandal.

Following the internal turmoil that's been plaguing the network over the a year ago, the Murdochs reportedly feel that hiring a female in charge of Fox News would lend credibility to their commitments to promote "a workplace based on the values of respect and trust". He also appeared to side with O'Reilly last fall when Megyn Kelly complained to Fox News executives about O'Reilly's public statements admonishing her for speaking out about her personal experiences of sexual harassment at the hands of Ailes. Hannity replied to Sherman's tweet by adding that this would be the "end of FNC [Fox News Channel] as we know it".

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