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Ex-Fox News executive joins Trump team

President announces Bill Shine as his new deputy chief of staff for communications

Bill Shine.

Washington: US President Donald Trump announced Thursday that Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive, was joining the White House as deputy chief of staff for communications.

Shine, 55, was appointed co-president of the US television news network in August 2016, following the abrupt resignation of its chief Roger Ailes in the face of a sexual harassment lawsuit.

Shine resigned in May 2017 over questions concerning his handling of the Ailes case and accusations that he had helped cover up alleged misbehaviour.

Shine was the third key figure to leave Fox in a year. The channel also ended its relationship with star anchor Bill O’Reilly following reports that millions of dollars had been paid to settle allegations of sexual harassment.

Shine “brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role,” the White House said in a statement.

The White House job of director of communications has been vacant since the departure in March of top aide Hope Hicks.

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