FOX News purge probably isn't over: 'More executives are vulnerable'


How long will the Fox News shake-up keep shaking?

The abrupt resignation of Bill Shine on Monday may not be the last among the old guard of executives who were closely aligned with ousted Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. And that uncertainty is causing a sense of alarm and chaos to permeate the top-rated cable news network, according to sources.

Like Shine, Suzanne Scott, who was promoted to president of programming on Monday, also has been named in multiple harassment lawsuits, including those of contributor Julie Roginsky and suspended anchor Andrea Tantaros. Current anchor Kelly Wright, who is leading a racial discrimination class action against the network even as he continues to appear on the air, also named Scott as among the executives who failed to take action after he brought his concerns to management.

Because the Murdoch family, which controls Fox News parent 21st Century Fox, seems to be picking off executives (and talent, in the case of Bill O'Reilly) associated with the lawsuits and the Ailes culture at the network, many employees believe the purge is far from over.

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Fox News President Bill Shine departs after meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., November 21, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Bill Shine attends The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 at The Pool on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Bill Shine attends The Hollywood Reporter's 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sylvain Gaboury/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 12: Economist Nouriel Roubini, anchorwoman Trish Regan, and Bill Shine attend the book party for Bremmer's book, 'Superpower: Three Choices For America's Role In The World' on May 12, 2015 at DBGB Kitchen in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for TIME)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Bill Shine attends The Hollywood Reporter 35 Most Powerful People In Media 2017 at The Pool on April 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Hollywood Reporter)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 07: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) John Finley of Fox News, Senior Vice President, Programming & Development, Fox News Suzanne Scott, Model Carol Alt and Executive Vice President of Programming of FOX News Bill Shine attends the 'A Healthy You & Carol Alt' party at Pure Food and Wine on April 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
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Roginsky, in her April lawsuit, accused Scott as well as contributor Angela McGlowan and anchor Kimberly Guilfoyle of encouraging Fox News women to "publicly disparage" Gretchen Carlson after she filed her sexual harrassment lawsuit against Ailes.The suit also accused Scott of encouraging women at Fox News to voice public support for Ailes and that Scott and Shine did not take her complaints of sexual harassment against Ailes seriously. Roginsky also named general counsel Dianne Brandi in her suit. Scott has denied the claims and, on Tuesday through a Fox News spokesperson, she released a statement saying she "never asked any women at Fox News — on-air or off — to support Roger Ailes."

Shine resigned on Monday after a brief meeting with Rupert Murdoch during which Shine acknowledged that he'd become a "distraction," according to an account from New York magazine's Gabriel Sherman. The company has instituted mandatory sensitivity training with new HR chief Kevin Lord taking on additional duties as head of compliance, reporting to Gerson Zweifach, chief corporate counsel of 21st Century Fox.

But many women inside Fox News remain dissatisfied that current management is still largely populated by longtime Ailes loyalists including Scott and Brandi, who as general counsel was involved in orchestrating payments to women claiming sexual harassment.

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NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: In this handout photo provided by FOX News, FOX News Channel Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is photographed November 13, 2015 at the networks Manhattan headquarters New York City. (Photo by Wesley Mann/FOX News via Getty Images)
Bill O'Reilly, tv columnist, at left, shown here with Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO of FOX tv at the Radio & TV Correspondents annual dinner held at the Washington Hilton. (Photo by Susan Biddle/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
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385602 07: Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, right, testifies during a hearing on election night 2000 coverage by the networks before the House committee on energy and commerce February 14, 2001 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D. C. Heads of major news organizations have converged on Capitol Hill to testify before Congress, explaining the mistaken calls made on Election Night and promising changes to prevent further errors. (Photo by Alex Wong/Newsmakers)
WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 25: Chairman and CEO of the Fox News Network Roger Ailes participates in the 'America's Best Leaders: How do they lead? Where are they taking us?' National Issues Briefing hosted by U.S. News and World Report October 25, 2005 at the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The talk was held in collaboration with the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images for U.S. News and World Report)
NEW YORK - JUNE 26: (L-R) Variety Editor Peter Bart and Producer Roger Ailes attend a cocktail party hosted by Harvey and Bob Weinstein and Miramax Books to celebrate Peter Bart's new book ''BOFFO'' on June 26, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)
PASADENA, CA - JULY 24: Chairman & CEO, FOX News Roger Ailes from 'Fox News' speaks onstage during the 2006 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour for the FOX Broadcasting Company at the Ritz-Carlton Huntington Hotel on July 24, 2006 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON - JANUARY 08: Roger Ailes, president of FOX News, poses with his wife Elizabeth on the red carpet upon arrival at a salute to FOX News Channel's Brit Hume on January 8, 2009 in Washington, DC. Hume was honored for his 35 years in journalism. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 11: Fox News President Roger Ailes attends the Hollywood Reporter celebrates 'The 35 Most Powerful People in Media' at the Four Season Grill Room on April 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 13: In this handout photo provided by FOX News, FOX News Channel Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes is photographed November 13, 2015 at the networks Manhattan headquarters New York City. (Photo by Wesley Mann/FOX News via Getty Images)
Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations, answers questions during a panel discussion at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Pasadena, California July 24, 2006. Picture taken July 24, 2006. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo
Fox News chief and CEO Roger Ailes speaks during a panel session titled "Democracy and the Media: Are They Compatible?" at the 2005 Milken Institute Global Conference in Beverly Hills April 19, 2005. The Milken Institute is an independent economic think tank, which works to improve the lives and economic conditions of diverse populations in the United States and around the world. REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP/JK
News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch (R) speaks at a press conference in New York January 30 where it was announced that cable-TV figure Roger Ailes (L) would head the new Fox 24-hour news network. Murdoch said he would spend $80 million a year on the project which will compete with CNN and similar networks planned by ABC and NBC
Prominent cable-TV figure Roger Ailes appears at a press conference in New York January 30 where he was named to head the new Fox 24-hour news network. News Corporation chief Rupert-Murdoch, who made the announcement, said he would spend $80 million a year on the project
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 19: Fox News chairman Roger Ailes walks with his wife Elizabeth Tilson as they leave the News Corp building, July 19, 2016 in New York City. As of late Tuesday afternoon, Ailes and 21st Century Fox are reportedly in discussions concerning his departure from his position as chairman of Fox News. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 08: Janice Min and Roger Ailes attend 'The 35 Most Powerful People In Media' celebrated by The Hollywoood Reporter at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Elizabeth Tilson Ailes and Television Producer Roger Ailes attend the Carnegie Hall 125th Season Opening Night Gala at Carnegie Hall on October 7, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 09: President of FOX News Roger Ailes attends the 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' New York premiere at SVA Theater on February 9, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew Toth/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Roger Ailes attends Erica Rivera's 40th Birthday hosted by Geraldo Rivera at Monkey Bar on January 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Geraldo Rivera)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 30: Roger Ailes, Alisyn Camerota and Geraldo Rivera attend Erica Rivera's 40th Birthday hosted by Geraldo Rivera at Monkey Bar on January 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Barritt/Getty Images for Geraldo Rivera)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: In this handout image provided by FOX News Channel, FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes (C) as well as featured keynote speakers, Roy Eaton (L), advertising pioneer and L. Douglas Wilder, former Governor of Virginia attend the Ailes Apprentice Program graduation at FOX News Channel headquarters on November 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by FOX News Channel via Getty Images)
NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 14: In this handout image provided by FOX News Channel, FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes (C) as well as featured keynote speakers, Roy Eaton (not pictured), advertising pioneer and L. Douglas Wilder (not pictured), former Governor of Virginia attend the Ailes Apprentice Program graduation at FOX News Channel headquarters on November 14, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by FOX News Channel via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Kreskin and Chairman Fox News and Fox Television Stations Roger Ailes attend the 'Conversations With Kreskin' Book Launch Celebration at Patsy's on November 14, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)
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The Murdochs quietly have put out external feelers for a new head of the Fox News empire, which also includes Fox Business Network. A wholesale management overhaul is not seen as imminent, but many observers predict further changes amid more lawsuits (and more distractions). Brandi is seen as particularly vulnerable. Meanwhile, new CFO Amy Listerman, formerly of Scripps Networks Interactive, started her job Monday and is seen as an agent of change at the company.

Perhaps tellingly, Scott was not promoted to Shine's position as co-president of the network alongside Abernethy, who oversees the business side of the company. (Abernethy also continues to run the Fox Television Stations group.) Jay Wallace, a well-regarded executive who runs the network's news side, also was promoted on Monday.

All of it comes as British media regulator Ofcom is reviewing 21st Century Fox's $22.9 billion bid for the remaining shares of U.K. pay TV provider Sky. Among the agency's criteria is that Fox is a "fit and proper" steward of Sky. A decision is due May 16.

"I do think a couple more executive are vulnerable," says one insider. "A couple more lawsuits, a couple more executives are shown the door."

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Megan Kelly

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Gretchen Carlson

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Greta van Susteren

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Andrea Tantaros

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Laurie Dhue

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Elisabeth Hasselbeck 

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Alisyn Camerota 

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