Former Fox News exec Bill Shine in talks to join White House: reports

Former Fox News exec Bill Shine in talks to join White House: reports
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Bill Shine, the former co-president of Fox News, is in talks to become the next White House communications director, according to multiple reports.

Shine, who was ousted from the network last year for his handling of sexual harassment scandals at the network, has reportedly met with President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch To ward off recession, Trump should keep his mouth and smartphone shut Trump: 'Who is our bigger enemy,' Fed chief or Chinese leader? MORE in recent weeks about the position.

The New York Times reported that Trump has already offered Shine the job, but the move has not yet been finalized. A White House spokesperson did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment. 

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The communications director job has remained vacant since Hope HicksHope Charlotte HicksSarah Huckabee Sanders becomes Fox News contributor Hope Hicks defends accuracy of her congressional testimony Nadler subpoenas Lewandowski, former White House official for testimony MORE left the White House in March.

Shine resigned from Fox News in May 2017 after becoming embroiled in the sexual harassment scandal surrounding the network's former chairman Roger Ailes. Ailes died last year, months after resigning from Fox News. 

Shine is also close to conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity, who is also a confidant of Trump. The three men have spent time at the president's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., in recent months, Politico reported.