Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Controversial Fox News co-founder Roger Ailes dies at 77

"The impact of Roger Ailes on American politics and media was indisputable", said CNN commentator David Axelrod, a senior adviser to former President Barack Obama, on Twitter Thursday morning, when news of the former Fox CEO's death at the age of 77 became public.

George H.W. Bush said Ailes "wasn't perfect" but called him "my friend". 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.

There was no immediate indication of the cause of death.

Ailes left Fox News past year after a series of sexual harassment allegations were levied against him. Ailes denied the allegations, saying the reason her contract was not renewed was due to "disappointingly low ratings".

Carlson's lawsuit opened the gates to a flood of allegations from women, including star host Megyn Kelly, who accused him of groping them or making unwanted advances - and sought to expose what they called a culture of misogyny at the network.

Sean Hannity, who Ailes hired, said, "Today American lost one of its great patriotic warriors".

Prior to launching Fox News in 1996, Ailes was a longtime Republican media consultant who also helped Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

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Through it all, Fox News has retained the identity Ailes forged for the network as a leading platform for conservative opinion and a counterweight to other news outlets that Fox hosts generally regard with disdain.

Fox anchor Bill Hemmer, looking shaken, announced Ailes' death to his audience, ending his brief report by saying, softly, "Wow!"

"The history of cable television will have a very big chapter on Roger Ailes". He will be remembered by the many people on both sides of the camera he discovered, nurtured and promoted.

When Ailes bought The Putnam Country News and Recorder (PCNR) in 2008, he made Tilson its publisher. They left after about 15 minutes. He resigned in July.

Fox News is owned by Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. After leaving Fox News a year ago amid a sexual harassment scandal, he also advised Donald Trump's presidential campaign.

Ailes leaves behind his wife, along with their son, Zachary Ailes. At 21st Century Fox we will always be enormously grateful for the great business he built.

Ailes' career in television began in Cleveland and Philadelphia, where he started as Property Assistant (1962), Producer (1965), and Executive Producer (1967-68) for KYW-TV.

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