Current, former Fox News employees speak out, alleging harassment and discrimination

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The plans for this bold idea came to fruition following a bombshell report from the New York Times last weekend that highlighted the ever-changing landscape at Fox News. A mass advertiser exodus from O'Reilly's time slot quickly followed, as did reports of new allegations against him. Following O'Reilly's firing, Color of Change and other organizations vowed to continue holding the network accountable for its "culture of sexual and racial harassment".

The owners of Fox News would prefer to find a woman to run the network as they begin a search for a new head, The Hollywood Reporter reported Friday.

Shine operates the programming arm at Fox while Abernathy handles the business side of the network, including advertising, finance, and distribution.

Could a new, younger cable network compete with Fox News for viewership and the top names in conservative media?

The 20-year veteran of Fox News is named as a defendant in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros, and considered a hold-over from an Ailes era tarred by scandal.

Rupert Murdoch and his sons James and Lachlan, CEO and co-chairman of 21st Century Fox, are feeling mounting pressure to make good on their vows to foster "a workplace based on the values of respect and trust".

As of now, there is no official word on who may be in the running to helm the network, but Newsweek put together a list of potential women who could fill the role.

In December, Shine and Abernethy announced a new head of human resources. As detailed in an explosive NY magazine story, Luhn said that Shine arranged her travel to NY to meet with Ailes and he also recommended a psychiatrist when she suffered a nervous breakdown. Shine was said to have been a staunch defender of keeping O'Reilly, with whom he worked for two decades. Shine has said he did not know that Ailes and Luhn were engaged in a relationship.

But O'Reilly did suggest that Wright, who is also a gospel singer, perform at a Fox holiday party, according to the lawsuit.

Shine started his career at Fox News as a producer on Hannity & Colmes, the program Hannity hosted with the late Alan Colmes. Alisyn Camerota recently said Ailes sexually and emotionally harassed her when she was at Fox News. One source described him as "Roger's bag man". Sean Hannity on Thursday defended Shine in the wake of a NY magazine report that suggested Shine's days at Fox News may be numbered.

"The original lawsuit alleged that Fox News' longtime comptroller, Judy Slater, subjected members of Fox's payroll staff to racial insults for years", Gabriel Sherman reported for NY magazine. Hannity replied to Sherman's tweet by adding that this would be the "end of FNC [Fox News Channel] as we know it".

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