Hope Hicks named Fox’s new communications chief

Saul Bowman
October 10, 2018

Though Twitter users are assuming that she'll be doing PR for the network, Politico clarified, saying that she'll probably be focused on corporate communications as Fox and Disney work out exactly what their new merger entails. Before joining the White House communications team, Hicks worked on President Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

Hicks, 29, is best known as one of President Donald Trump's most trusted aides.

Hicks resigned from the White House in February.

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

The announcement that she will take a role at Fox is the latest in a series of appointments 21st Century Fox has been making in anticipation of a major reorganisation.

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

The new Fox company will be headed by Rupert Murdoch's eldest son, Lachlan, the company announced in May.

But communications executives cycling out of the White House and into high-profile positions at media companies is not unusual. Yahoo adds that she'll report to Viet Dinh, the network's chief legal and policy officer. O'Brien is a longtime Washington hand who was staff director of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and chief of staff to three senators.

Once the new Fox is spun off, Hicks will lead the company's communications strategy from Los Angeles.

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