Fox hires former White House official Hope Hicks as communications director

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Fox News, Fox Sports, and the broadcast network were not part of the deal but are being rebranded as Fox.

The many changes under way at Rupert Murdoch's TV empire include a shift of the power center of the company from NY to Los Angeles, where CEO Lachlan Murdoch and other key corporate leaders will be based.

Ms Hicks had worked for the Trump Organization since 2014. The $71 billion sale is likely to be completed early next year. Viet Dinh, recently named chief legal and policy officer of the new company, is expected to relocate to Los Angeles, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The appointment of Hicks highlights the ties between the Trump White House and Rupert Murdoch's media empire. She went on to work on Trump's transition team before officially joining the White House communications team in January 2017.

The news about Hicks' new gig was signal-boosted by White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who tweeted, "Fox won't find anyone smarter or more talented than Hope Hicks".

Hicks was caught up in a controversy surrounding former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, another close Trump aide, whom Hicks had been dating. So happy for my friend.

Fox also announced Danny O'Brien would head its government relations. O'Brien has previously been chief of staff to three Democratic senators: Joe Biden (Del.), Robert Menendez (N.J.) and Robert Torricelli (N.J.). He was most recently an executive at General Electric.