In the latest turn of the revolving door between the Trump administration and the president’s favorite television network, Raj Shah, formerly the White House’s principal deputy press secretary, has taken a new job at Fox Corp.
Shah is now a senior vice president in the executive ranks at Fox, which owns Fox News, Fox Sports and a collection of local TV stations. Rupert Murdoch, a Trump confidant, co-chairs the company and one of his sons, Lachlan Murdoch, is CEO.
Last fall Hope Hicks, previously one of Trump’s closest aides, joined the Fox Corp C-suite as an executive vice president in charge of public relations and other communications functions.
Hicks reports to Viet Dinh, Fox’s chief legal and policy officer. Dinh, in turn, reports to Lachlan Murdoch. Now Shah will report to Dinh as well, the company said.
Shah left the White House in January and initially went to work for the lobbying firm Ballard Partners. Ballard’s website describes him as a partner and chair of the strategic communications practice at Ballard Media Group. The firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But Fox confirmed a report by the Washington Post’s Josh Dawsey about Shah’s new posting.
“Raj Shah recently joined Fox Corporation as a Senior Vice President based in Washington, D.C.,” a Fox spokesperson said Saturday.
The company declined to comment on what his portfolio will include, but media companies like Fox typically employ executives in Washington for government affairs work, given that the companies are affected by a wide variety of laws and regulations.
Last fall, at the same time Hicks came aboard, Fox hired Danny O’Brien, a former chief of staff to several Democratic senators, to be its executive vice president of government relations. O’Brien also reports to Dinh.