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Hope Hicks Joins New Fox as Chief Communications Officer

10 October 2018
Hope Hicks Joins New Fox as Chief Communications Officer

Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director and director of strategic communications, has been named the chief communications officer of Fox. Fox News, Fox Sports, and the broadcast network were not part of the deal but are being rebranded as Fox. Bill Shine, the current White House communications director, replaced Hicks after he left his former role as Fox News Channel senior vice president.

Ms Hicks, who was known as the "Trump Whisperer", resigned days after giving testimony to a congressional committee about a probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Although he is famous for the term "fake news", Trump has continually supported Fox News and its reporting.

The relationship between between the White House and the Fox empire is well documented. Before that she worked for Hiltzik Strategies, a public relations firm that handled PR for Trump's businesses, including Trump Tower. In her testimony, Hicks admitted telling occasional "white lies" for Trump but said she hadn't lied about anything related to the investigation. Murdoch's son Lachlan is overseeing the company that will form once 21st Century Fox completes its $71 billion sale of studio and cable network assets to Disney.

Mr Trump and Mr Murdoch speak regularly by telephone, and the president supported by several high profile hosts on Fox News. Yahoo adds that she'll report to Viet Dinh, the network's chief legal and policy officer.