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Roger Ailes Promotes Bill Shine and Brian Jones at Fox Business

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With the departure of Kevin Magee as EVP of Fox Business Network, FNC and FBN Chairman Roger Ailes is splitting the management duties with the promotion of two longtime executives, TVNewser has learned.

Bill Shine, (far left) currently EVP of programming for Fox News, has been promoted to senior EVP and takes on the additional programming role at FBN. Brian Jones, (near left) currently SVP at FBN, has been upped to EVP of news operations for the channel. Ailes remains the lead executive for both Fox News and Fox Business.

Shine is an 18-year veteran of Fox News, joining in 1996 as senior producer of “Hannity & Colmes.” Jones got his start as a producer in local news, joined Fox News in 1997, then moved on to jobs in politics and finance, before returning to Fox in 2003.

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Fox News Exec on Megyn Kelly/Dick Cheney Interview: ‘I Think It Shows Who Megyn is’

megyn kelly dick cheney_304In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Fox News’ executive VP of programming Bill Shine praises Megyn Kelly for her recent interview with former Vice President Dick Cheney, where she pressed Cheney on his culpability regarding the Iraq War.

“I think it shows who Megyn is,” says Shine. “She’s a great broadcaster and she’s a great journalist. I think it also shows some of our competition and some of our skeptics what we do over here. I always say a lot of people who don’t like us don’t watch us.”

Shine also addressed Fox’s median viewer skewing older in age. Read more

Stacey Dash Joins Fox News

StaceyDash1Fox News Channel has hired actress and activist Stacey Dash as a contributor. FNC says Dash “will offer cultural analysis and commentary” across daytime and primetime shows.

“Stacey is an engaging conversationalist whose distinctive viewpoints amongst her Hollywood peers have spawned national debates,” says Bill Shine, EVP of Programming. “We’re pleased to have her join FOX News.”

Dash, an actress who starred in films including “Clueless,” “Renaissance Man,” and “Mo’ Money,” endured criticism for supporting Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in 2012. Since then, Dash has continued to stir things up on Twitter and in appearances on FNC.

Fox News Responds to Gawker Shepard Smith Story: ’100% False and a Complete Fabrication’

SmithAilesFox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and anchor Shepard Smith are calling a Gawker story published this morning “100% false and a complete fabrication.” The story titled “How Fox News Shoved Shepard Smith Back Into The Closet,” is based on anonymous sources who claim Smith wanted to reveal his sexuality, but was stopped by Fox News executives, including Bill Shine, who heads up FNC’s opinion programming.

The Gawker story claims Shine “flipped out,” when Smith brought his partner to a July 4, 2013 party at Ailes’ upstate estate, and later called a meeting to discuss what to do. Fox News tells us Shine wasn’t at that party (he was in Charleston, South Carolina on vacation with his family) and emphatically denies any such meeting occurred.

Gawker claims the events of the July 4th party led to Smith being “demoted.” But, Ailes and Smith had been discussing a new contract with Smith as early as last spring, and singed in June, leading to the addition of the Fox News Deck and changes to primetime.

“This story is 100% false and a complete fabrication,” write Ailes and Smith in a joint statement. “As colleagues and close friends at Fox News for 18 years, our relationship has always been rooted in a mutual respect, deep admiration, loyalty, trust, and full support both professionally and personally.”

Smith works for the news side of FOX, which is run by Michael Clemente and Jay Wallace and not Bill Shine, who oversees programs like “The O’Reilly Factor” and “Hannity.” Shine released his own statement of support for Smith, which reads in part: “We have never asked Shep to discuss or not discuss his private life, and the notion of us having an issue with anyone’s sexuality is not only insulting, but pure fiction.” Shine’s full statement after the jump:

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Scott Brown Out as Fox News Contributor

Scott BrownFormer Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown‘s Fox News contract has ended after he informed the network of his upcoming political intentions.

“Scott Brown’s contributor agreement was officially terminated today once he notified FOX News of his intention to form an exploratory committee to run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire,” EVP of Programming for Fox News Bill Shine said in a statement.

Brown joined FNC in Feburary, 2013 as a contributor. He appeared across programming as a political analyst, even guest-hosting the “O’Reilly Factor.”

Brown just had his contributor contract renewed last month.

Alisyn Camerota Leaving Fox News

alisyn-camerotaFox News is parting ways with longtime anchor Alisyn Camerota, TVNewser has learned. Camerota, a 16-year Fox News veteran, currently co-anchors the 1pmET hour with Bill Hemmer.

Over the years Camerota has been co-host of “Fox & Friends Weekend” and often filled in on the weekday show. As a correspondent, Camerota reported on the 2004 and 2008 presidential elections, she reported from Ground Zero following the September 11 attacks, and anchored ’round-the-clock coverage of the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

“For the past 16 years, Alisyn has been a part of the Fox News family,” says Bill Shine, EVP of Programming for Fox News. “From her days reporting, to hosting Fox & Friends and anchoring afternoon programs, she has done it all with enthusiasm and professionalism. We appreciate her contributions to the network and hope for all the best as she embarks on the next chapter of her life.”

Camerota joined Fox News in 1998 from WHDH (NBC) in Boston. Her last day is expected to be later this month. The New Jersey native and her husband have twin daughters born in 2005, and a son who was born in 2007. She plans to take some time off before seeking out her next gig.

More: “It’s been a dream to work with all of you. I’ve learned from your example and talent,” Camerota writes to colleagues. Her full note after the jump.

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The P.M. Ticker: Brown, Scarborough, Regan

  • Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown has renewed his contributor contract with Fox News, EVP of programming Bill Shine tells the The Washington Post. News of his re-signing comes after the Boston Globe reported Brown’s FNC contract had lapsed, leading to increased speculation he might run for Senate from New Hampshire.

  • That same Boston Globe story reports MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, along with Brown, will be among the speakers at the Northeast Republican Leadership Conference in New Hampshire next month. MSNBC tells us Scarborough will be in Nashua as part of his book tour March 14, and will speak to the GOP group the next day.

  • Bloomberg anchor Trish Regan made her print debut as a business and economics columnist for USA Today. In her first piece, Regan writes about the marijuana business. When she worked for CNBC, Regan hosted “Marijuana Inc.” which is still the highest-rated documentary on CNBC.

James Carville Joins Fox News as a Contributor

JamesCarvilleThe Ragin’ Cajun is bringing his heat to Fox News Channel. James Carville is joining the network as a political analyst.

Carville will appear across various FNC programs offering political commentary on the news of the day.

Bill Shine, EVP of Programming for the network, says Carville’s “successful and storied career in politics over several decades is an enormous asset to FOX News. We are privileged to have him lend his breadth of experience, wit and dynamic perspective on the network.”

Until last January, Carville and his wife, Republican political analyst Mary Matalin, had been CNN contributors for the better part of 20 years. Carville had co-hosted “Crossfire”
in the early 2000s.

Carville hit the national scene as the lead strategist in Bill Clinton‘s 1992 presidential campaign. Carville continued to serve as a senior political adviser to Pres. Clinton.

Fox News Announces New Primetime Lineup: Van Susteren at 7, Kelly at 9, Hannity at 10

Fox News has announced a revamped primetime lineup that will launch in October, ending months of speculation about new timeslots for Megyn Kelly, Sean Hannity and Greta Van Susteren. Beginning in October, Van Susteren’s “On the Record” will move to 7pmET, Kelly’s brand-new “The Kelly File” will take over the 9pmET timeslot and “Hannity” will shift an hour later to 10pmET.

Bill O’Reilly will remain at 8pmET. Shepard Smith, the former host of the 7pmET hour, will take on a new role. He will be the breaking news anchor from the newly-created “Fox News Deck” throughout primetime, in addition to anchoring his 3pmET hour, “Shepard Smith Reporting.”

“As the network continues to dominate with the top 13 programs in cable news, FOX News already redefined primetime viewing to extend well beyond the antiquated 8-11PM format,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said in a statement. “We’ve developed a deep bench of engaging and thought-provoking personalities that have grown with FOX News as it has evolved into the most influential and successful cable network in television.”

The new primetime lineup will debut on October 7, Fox News’ 17th anniversary.

Van Susteren said she was “to the moon thrilled” with the earlier timeslot. “Since I heard the great news from Roger my mind has been racing with ideas,” she wrote on Gretawire, noting that she is looking forward to getting home earlier each night.

Hannity also said he was “very happy” with the shift. “The ability to be live or on tape greatly increases the flexibility of the show and offers me, after 17 years, the opportunity to be home at night with my family,” he said in a statement.

The Fox press release, with comments from Kelly and Fox News EVP Bill Shine, is after the jump. Read more

Allen West Named Fox News Contributor

Former Congressman Allen West (R-FL) has joined Fox News as a contributor, the channel announced. West was known for his outspoken views in Congress, views which often became fodder for cable news. He will appear across all FNC shows and platforms.

“Representative West’s congressional and military experience along with his fearless approach to voicing key issues will provide a valuable point of view to the FOX News lineup,” said executive VP of programming Bill Shine in a statement.

At the moment, West is director of next generation TV programming at PJ Media. More information, after the jump.
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