EXCLUSIVE: Bill Shine – former Fox exec and White House Comms Director – joins NewsNation as a consultant
- Shine joined NewsNation, the new, 24-hour unbiased news service from WGN in June, before its launch
- He formerly worked at FOX News and served as former President Donald Trump’s Director of Comms from June 2018 until August 2019
- Shine will serve as a consultant to NewsNation’s talk shows
- An insider said NewsNation has also hired staffers from MSNBC and CNN
- They did not want to operate a ‘blacklist’ where people couldn’t be hired from
- NewsNation takes on CNN and other mainstream media with a goal of delivering unbiased news to the American public at a time of reduced faith in the press
Former FOX News executive and White House Communications Director Bill Shine has joined NewsNation
Shine was hired by NewsNation – the new, unbiased, 24-hour news service by WGN – in June 2020, before its official launch.
He will help oversee talk shows across the network.
NewsNation was launched to take on CNN and other mainstream media networks amid plummeting public trust in the media.
It promises fact-based, unbiased reporting and will draw a countrywide army of 5,500 reporters from WGN stations and newsrooms to provide it, it says.
Shine left FOX News in 2017. He had served as co-president of the network but departed amid criticism of his handling of sexual harassment at the company.
He served as White House Director of Communications from June 2018 until August 2019.
An insider at NewsNation told DailyMail.com: ‘We want diverse network backgrounds, we don’t blacklist from previous network experience.’
DailyMail.com also understands that former senior staffers from MSNBC and CNN have also been brought on.
The source added that under Shine’s tenure, FOX rose to become to number one most watched cable network in America.
‘Shine is close friends with a number of big name personalities including Shepard Smith, Chris Cuomo and Sean Hannity.
‘There’s thinking that his expertise and relationships will help NewsNation expand into a bigger platform,’ they said.
NewsNation was launched in September last year by new parent company Nexstar, who took over Tribune in 2019 for $4.1billion
Former FOX News co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine
A spokesman for NewsNation said: ‘NewsNation’s mission is to provide news based on facts, not opinions. Consistent with our commitment to deliver unbiased news to our viewers, we’ve hired a number of employees and consultants with diverse news production and reporting backgrounds from CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, Fox Business, CBS, NBC and ABC, amongst others.
‘All of these news professionals have the best-in-class expertise to allow NewsNation to drive forward our mission of providing high-quality, unbiased, fact-driven news.’
Nexstar launched NewsNation in Sept 2020 with the ambitious goal of taking the nightly 6 hour program to 24 hours within the next 24 months.
In January 2021, NewsNation added 8.5m new homes and announced that its channel WGN America would change i’s name to NewsNation.
WGN America, launched as a superstation in 1978, is one of the country’s oldest cable channel reaching 75 million homes.
Nexstar owns or operates 198 TV stations across the U.S. including station newsrooms in NYC, LA and Chicago making them the ‘secret weapon of domestic news providers,’ according to a Nexstar insider.
WGN’s HQ in Chicago where the new show launched in September. NewsNation operates its own newsroom where the show is filmed along with a website and app to deliver ‘unbiased, educational’ reporting