Former Trump aide Hicks joins Fox as communications chief

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The pipeline between the White House and Rupert Murdoch's media empire continues to flow in both directions, as Fox on Monday announced it has tapped former West Wing communications director Hope Hicks to spearhead the company's corporate communications and PR apparatus. The new company will include its major TV channels: Fox News, Fox Business Network, Fox broadcasting and sports networks FS1 and FS2.

Hicks, 29, is best known as one of President Donald Trump's most trusted aides. Hicks will replace former executive vice president and chief communications officer for 21st Century Fox, Julie Henderson, who chose not to transition to the new Fox corporation, along with senior vice president Nathaniel Brown.

On Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted to congratulate Hicks. The president months ago hired former Fox News co-president Bill Shine as his Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications.

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Hicks had a mostly behind-the-scenes role at the White House.

Fox also announced Danny O'Brien would head its government relations. The $71.3 billion Disney-Fox merger is expected to be finalized by early next year. 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's a longtime Washington hand who most recently worked at General Electric.

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