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Fox News founder, Roger Ailes, dies at 77

Fox News founder, Roger Ailes, dies at 77

The ex-chairman and founder of Fox News Roger Ailes has died aged 77, his family says.
A statement from his wife Elizabeth said she was “profoundly sad and heartbroken”, calling him a “patriot”.
Mr. Ailes ran Fox News for two decades and is credited with transforming it into ar­guably the most powerful voice in conserv­ative media.
But he stepped down last year after a number of female employees accused him of sexual harassment.
At the time, he said he was resigning be­cause he had become a “distraction”.
Mrs. Ailes’ statement said: “During a ca­reer that stretched over more than five dec­ades, his work in entertainment, in politics, and in news affected the lives of many mil­lions.
“And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life.” The cause of his death is not yet clear.
Rupert Murdoch, the head of Fox News’ parent company 21st Century Fox, said Mr Ailes played a “huge role in shaping Amer­ica’s media over the last thirty years.
“Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs,” he added.
Born in Warren, Ohio, his big break came in 1967 when Richard Nixon appeared as a guest on a talk show he was working on, persuading the future US president about the power of television.
He played a role in Mr. Nixon’s success­ful campaign, as well as for other Republi­can presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush Snr.
 

 

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