The long-time powerful force at Fox News, Roger Ailes, has died at the age of 77. A statement was released by his wife, Elizabeth, confirming that he had died on Thursday morning. Ailes’ cause of death has not been released.
Roger Ailes had been at Fox News since the very beginning in 1996 until he resigned last July following numerous sexual harassment allegations. Ailes was appointed by Rupert Murdoch in the 1990s to build Fox News into the number one cable news station.
Ailes is credited with changing the face of cable news in America. Fox News changed the nature of news channels, its delivery and giving a voice to those on the right. The channel has often come into criticism for its right-wing agenda and conservative punditry. One of those, Sean Hannity, who hosts one of the most watched shows on Fox News, paid tribute to his former boss.
“Today, America lost one of its great patriotic warriors. He has dramatically and forever changed the political and the media landscape, single-handedly for the better.” – Sean Hannity
Prior to taking up the running of Fox News, Ailes had previously worked as an advisor to a number of Presidents such as President George H. W. Bush. He graduated from Ohio University in 1962 with a radio and television degree.
Roger is survived by his wife Elizabeth and their son, Zachary.