Hope Hicks joins Fox as chief communications officer

Hope Hicks joins Fox as chief communications officer

Hope Hicks joins Fox as chief communications officer

Surprising no one, former White House communications director Hope Hicks has announced that she is joining Fox, the new parent company of Fox News, as an executive vice president and chief communications officer.

Hicks' new appointment will be a done deal once 21st Century Fox's merge with The Walt Disney Company is complete. (While Rice and Walden's new roles had already been thoroughly reported on in the entertainment trade press for months, the Hicks hire was dropped without any advance warning - the surprise combining with her significant public profile for maximum impact). Hicks, a former model, worked on President Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign as press secretary and left the administration in February after admitting to telling "white lies" on behalf of the White House in testimony before Congress.

Hicks assumes the position as the new Fox takes shape in the aftermath of the selling of most of 21st Century Fox to Disney. Hicks will report to Viet Dinh, Fox chief legal and policy officer. So happy for my friend.

Mr. Trump's fondness for Fox News is well-storied, with the president frequently tweeting out quotes from his favorite hosts and guests. "They are beyond lucky to have you". The company also named Danny O'Brien as their Executive Vice President and Head of Government Relations.

The new company is expected to get an official name and begin operations early next year.

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