Former Trump aide and confidante Hope Hicks takes over FOX communications shop

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Donald Trump's former communications chief Hope Hicks is taking on a similar role at a new Fox company, meaning she'll supervise messaging at her former boss's favourite television network. Bill Shine, the current White House communications director, replaced Hicks after he left his former role as Fox News Channel senior vice president.

She resigned in February, after serving as one of his most loyal and long-serving aides.

The Trump-Fox News bond continues to tighten.

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

Her soon-to-be colleagues are already welcoming her with open arms and her former co-workers are offering up congratulations.

Hicks served as communications director for Trump from August 2017 until the end of March of this year.

The restructuring comes after most of 21st Century Fox, including its Hollywood movie studio, was sold to Disney in a $66bn deal.

Lachlan Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch, will take the reigns at New Fox as chairman and CEO.

She will report to Fox's chief legal and policy officer Viet Dinh, and will be based in Los Angeles, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. Additionally, Danny O'Brien, who now serves as a senior government affairs and policy executive at General Electric, will join Fox as an 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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