Roger Ailes: Fox News founder dies at 77


Former Fox News chairman Roger AilesImage copyright Reuters
Image caption Mr Ailes was founder and long-term boss of Fox News

The ex-chairman and founder of Fox News Roger Ailes has died aged 77, his family says.

A statement from his wife Elizabeth to US media said she was “profoundly sad and heartbroken”, calling him a “patriot”.

Mr Ailes ran Fox News since it launched in 1996, turning it into a ratings hit and hugely influential voice in the US political landscape.

But he stepped down last year amid allegations of sexual assault.


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At the time he said he was resigning because he had become a “distraction”.

He once served as a media advisor to former US President Richard Nixon, later advising Donald Trump during his campaign last year.

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.

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