WASHINGTON— Bill Shine, the former co-president of Fox News, was named as the White House’s deputy chief of staff for communications Thursday, over a year after he was ousted from the network amid scrutiny over his handling of a string of sexual harassment scandals.
“He brings over two decades of television programming, communications, and management experience to the role,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement.
Shine was initially rumored to take the reins from Hope Hicks as communications director, who departed the administration in late March.
The White House has not yet named an individual to fill that role. Sean Spicer and Mike Dubke previously served in the position. Anthony Scaramucci was also tapped as the director, but dropped out before he officially took on the mantle after crudely criticizing aides in an on-the-record interview.
Shine was a longtime ally of Fox News’ head honcho Roger Ailes, who resigned in July 2016 amid sexual harassment claims from at least 11 women throughout his career. Ailes died May 18, 2017 at age 77.
After being named co-president in August 2016, Shine was out at Fox News the following May.