Thursday, 18 May 2017

Fox News Ex-chairman and founder Roger Ailes dies aged 77

Fox News co-founder and former chief executive Roger Ailes has died at the age of 77, his family has announced.
Mr Ailes created the TV channel for Rupert Murdoch in 1996, calling it a "fair and balanced" alternative to his competitors.

He remained with the network for the next 20 years and masterminded its growth to its current ratings success.

Mr Ailes abruptly resigned from his positions as chairman and chief executive of Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network in July last year.

Mr Murdoch, whose 21st Century Fox owns Fox News, as well as 39.1% of Sky, said: "Everybody at Fox News is shocked and grieved by the death of Roger Ailes.

"A brilliant broadcaster, Roger played a huge role in shaping America's media over the last thirty years.

"He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera that he discovered, nurtured and promoted.

"Roger and I shared a big idea which he executed in a way no one else could have. In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs.

"At 21st Century Fox we will always be enormously grateful for the great business he built. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Elizabeth and son Zachary."

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