Roger Ailes, former Fox News chairman, dead at 77


"To lead a flourishing news channel, and to build Fox Business, Roger has defied the odds".

Roger Ailes, the founder and former chairman of the Fox News and television channel, has died aged 77.

"I am profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, passed away this morning", said the statement from his wife. "Many of these talented journalists have deservedly become household names known for their intelligence and strength, whether reporting the news, fair and balanced, and offering exciting opinions on our opinion programs". "He had many critics and like ALL of us his sins, but I remember a great patriot, friend and boss".

Fox News confirmed the death of the 77-year-old Ailes via Twitter.

Ailes resigned from his post leading Fox News last July, amid allegations of sexual harassment.

In a series of messages, Fox News host Sean Hannity tweeted tributes to his onetime boss, saying he was "like a second father".

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Ailes was famous for his shrewd leadership of Fox, including his focus on airing conservative opinions and hiring anchors and reporters with big personalities. Although Fox settled with Carlson for a reported $20 million, Ailes denied the charges.

Gabriel Sherman, who wrote a biography on Ailes entitled The Loudest Voice in the Room, called his "last chapter" a tragic story, "whatever you think of Roger Ailes".

Ailes served as a consultant to presidents from Richard Nixon to Ronald Reagan to George H.W. Bush and, some analysts say, helped revive conservative politics in the United States.

Recently, Ailes also served as adviser to Donald Trump during his presidential campaign previous year.

Discussing Ailes' impact on politics and culture in the U.S., Sherman said, "One of Ailes' lasting legacies will be that for millions of Americans, news is now no longer viewed as a way to be informed about the world; it's a way of gathering information that advances your side".

"Deeply saddened by death of Roger Ailes".