Hope Hicks, the former communications director of President Donald Trump, has been appointed as communications chief at Fox, the company being spun off from Twenty-First Century Fox's (FOXA.O) merger with Walt Disney Co (DIS.N).
Before the deal closes, expected next year, Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations, including Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, into a newly listed company.
Hicks will report to Viet Dinh, Fox Chief Legal and Policy Officer, and will be based in Los Angeles.
The relationship between between the White House and the Fox empire is well documented.
Hicks had a mostly behind-the-scenes role at the White House.
Hicks reportedly urged administration officials, including the president, to be more transparent in characterizing a June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr., presidential son-in-law Jared Kushner, campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Russian representatives who allegedly were offering negative information about Hillary Clinton.
Hicks was head of the communications team at the White House before leaving in March.
The hiring of Hicks is sure to further fuel criticism that Fox News has become largely a mouthpiece for Trump. "They are beyond lucky to have you and the East Coast misses you already".