Fox Hires Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks

Fox hires Hope Hicks ex Trump aide as executive VP and top communications officer

Hope Hicks resigned as White House communications director in February

The new company will include its major TV channels: Fox News, Fox Business Network, Fox broadcasting and sports networks FS1 and FS2. She went on to work on Trump's transition team before officially joining the White House communications team in January 2017.

The Hicks hire sent shockwaves through the Fox offices, surprising many.

Mr Trump is also reported to have a close relationship with host Sean Hannity, a leading cable news cheerleader of the president.

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During the nine-hour interview, Ms Hicks acknowledged that she had occasionally told "white lies" for Mr Trump, but she said she had not lied about anything relevant to the Russian Federation investigation.

It means she will supervise messaging at Mr Trump's favorite cable television network, the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News.

Fox, the media company formed in the wake of 21st Century Fox's sale to the Walt Disney Company, announced the hiring on Monday. When she left the White House, she was replaced by Bill Shine, who had been serving as Fox News's senior vice president.

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Those deals are expected to be completed in the first half of 2019, pending regulatory approval.

When NBC was owned by General Electric, the network's communications department had two heads who had worked in former President George H.W. Bush's administration.

Fox Chief Legal and Policy Officer Viet Dinh released a statement about the decision to hire Hicks and Danny O'Brien.

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