Fox Signs CEO Ailes To 5-Year Deal

by , Nov 20, 2008, 3:02 PM
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Roger Ailes of FoxAs Democrats prepare to take over the White House and both branches of Congress, a network tabbed as right-leaning has re-signed its chief. Fox News said Thursday that it has inked Chairman-CEO Roger Ailes to a new five-year deal.

While the channel continues to be a strong performer, Ailes also oversees the year-old Fox Business Network, parent News Corp.'s owned-and-operated stations (which are struggling with the difficult economy) and MyNetworkTV, which has failed to challenge any of the other broadcast networks. Also under his watch is Twentieth Television.

Ailes, a former Republican political consultant, launched Fox News in 1996 and has been with News Corp. ever since.

"Under his leadership, I believe that Fox Business Network will become the strongest competitor in financial television news," News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch said.

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