Former House Speaker Paul Ryan joins board of Fox News parent company Fox Corp.




 

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan was named Tuesday to the board of Fox Corp., parent of conservative news outlet Fox News.

It's the most significant move made by the Wisconsin Republican since he left office in January.

The new company is composed of Fox News, Fox Sports, the Fox Network and Fox-owned TV stations. Fox Corp. was formed from a spinoff as part of a $71.3 billion sale of Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox to Walt Disney Co. Its stock was to begin trading as a standalone public company on Tuesday.

Lachlan Murdoch, one of Rupert Murdoch's sons, will serve as chairman and chief executive of the new company. The Murdochs will both serve on the seven-member board.

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Fox News drew scrutiny recently after a New Yorker story detailed the network's cozy relationship with President Donald Trump's administration. The Democratic National Committee then barred Fox from hosting any Democratic debates ahead of the 2020 presidential election. White House communications director Bill Shine, a former Fox News executive, resigned days after the story ran. He will serve as senior advisor to Trump's 2020 campaign, said White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders.

Ryan recently made news after he told a Florida crowd that some Democrats could defeat Trump in 2020. He later clarified his comments, saying Trump would win re-election.

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This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Former House Speaker Paul Ryan joins board of Fox News parent company Fox Corp.

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