Former House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) is joining the newly arranged board of Fox Corp., parent company of Fox News, the Hollywood Reporter revealed on Tuesday.
The long-time Rupert Murdoch ally is one of several new members to join the body, including “Anne Dias, founder of Aragon Global Holdings, an investment fund focused on global media, technology and telecommunications companies; and Roland Hernandez, the founding principal and CEO of Hernandez Media Ventures,” as well as Formula 1 chairman and CEO Chase Carey.
Rupert Murdoch, his son Lachlan Murdoch, and Jacques Nasser previously were named as board members, the Hollywood Reporter said.
Ryan is notable for his history in politics, including his stint in 2012 as former Gov. Mitt Romney’s Republican vice-presidential nominee.
Fox touted Ryan’s term as speaker of the House from 2015 to 2019, highlighting the Republican’s role in “efforts to revise the federal tax code, rebuild the national defense, expand domestic energy production, combat the opioid epidemic, and reform the criminal justice system.”
The changes come as Disney acquires most of 21st Century Fox, a deal which becomes official just after midnight Wednesday ET and CNN noted includes Fox’s “movie studio and entertainment cable channels.”
Those parts left out of the deal formed a new company simply called Fox.
The cozy relationship between Fox News and the Republican Party — particularly since President Donald Trump took office — has become difficult to ignore.
In response to Ryan’s appointment to the board, University of Michigan professor Brendan Nyhan tweeted: "The GOP/Fox merger is becoming increasingly formalized. Trump watches and promotes it incessantly, Fox appoints Paul Ryan to its board.”