Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Fox News Founder Roger Ailes dead at 77

Fox News Founder Roger Ailes dead at 77

Roger Ailes, former chief executive of Fox News Channel, has died at age 77, Fox New said on Thursday.

A longtime confidant of media titan Rupert Murdoch who became a central figure in the conservative USA political movement, Ailes stood down at Fox in July a year ago under the cloud of a sexual harassment lawsuit from former news host Gretchen Carlson - one of a string of such allegations against him. In a statement, she praised him as a loving husband and father, a loyal friend and a patriot.

In the decades before he created a ratings juggernaut in Fox News, Ailes worked in politics, serving as a media adviser and consultant - most famously for Richard Nixon, whom Ailes helped to win the presidency in 1968.

"And so even as we mourn his death, we celebrate his life", the statement reads.

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Neither his wife nor Fox released any details on the circumstances of Ailes' death.

His family was the former owners of the Putnam County Courier and the Putnam County News & Recorder newspapers, before Elizabeth Ailes sold them in December 2016.

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is adding his voice to those mourning Fox News Channel founder Roger Ailes. Ailes denied the charges, but 21st Century Fox hired a law firm to investigate.

"Today America lost one of its great patriotic warriors", Sean Hannity, a Fox prime-time host, said on Twitter.

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Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio, and studied radio and television production at Ohio University, according to Fox News. He suffered from hemophilia, according to a source familiar with the matter.

Former President George H.W. Bush said over Twitter "he wasn't ideal, but Roger Ailes was my friend & I loved him". In addition, Roger was a great patriot who never ceased fighting for his beliefs.

Ailes launched Fox News in 1996, and under his leadership it quickly became an influential political force thanks to its large audience and aggressive conservative viewpoint. Bill Shine, co-president of Fox News Channel, who had been at the channel since its inception, also left earlier this month. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Elizabeth and son Zachary".

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