It's Official: Roger Ailes Is Out At Fox

After days of speculation, Roger Ailes has made it official: He has resigned his senior posts at Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, and Fox Television Stations.

As CEO of Fox News Channel/Fox Business and chairman of Fox Television Station, Ailes' departure is effective immediately, according to a 21st Century Fox statement.

Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, will take over the role as chairman/acting chief executive officer of the Fox News Channel and Fox Business.

In a statement Murdoch said: “Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country. Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years.”

Fox did not disclose what, if any, senior executive addition would be made for Fox Television Stations.

Ailes came to Fox in 1996 and has been key to the big and sustaining growth at Fox News Channel -- the dominant cable news network in terms of viewership. Previously, he was the president of CNBC.

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Reports suggest Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch -- 21st Century Fox’s executive chairman, and CEO, respectively, the sons of Rupert Murdoch -- were looking to make a change after their recent promotions to top senior executive positions at the company.

But given Fox News Channel's powerful contribution to the financial bottom line of 21st Century Fox, many believe any transition would be difficult at best.

The departure comes after a recent sexual harassment lawsuit filed by former anchor Gretchen Carlson against Ailes -- as well as reported disclosures of accusations by other women at the network.

3 comments about "It's Official: Roger Ailes Is Out At Fox".
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  1. Theodore G. Zavales from East House Creative, July 22, 2016 at 10:55 a.m.

    With apologies to T. S. Eliot,

    Mr. Ailes tenure ends "...not with a bang...".

    Most definitely not.


    Pax,


     


     


    Z

  2. Paula Lynn from Who Else Unlimited, July 22, 2016 at 1:24 p.m.

    Doesn't mean the fake news channel will become less dispicable or Ailes suffers from a $40 (?) million buyout so to speak at his senior age. Where is his next meal going to come from ? And how is going to live ?

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