Roger Ailes, the man who presided Fox News for two solid decades, and turned the company into a news powerhouse, has passed away at the age of 77.
Mr Ailes’ wife Elizabeth stated that she was “profoundly sad and heartbroken to report that my husband, Roger Ailes, has passed away this morning. He was also a patriot, profoundly grateful to live in a country that gave him so much opportunity to work hard, to rise, and to give back.”
Mr Ailes’ role in the industry
Mr Ailes was designated to preside Fox News when it was first inaugurated by Rupert Murdoch in 1996. Mr Ailes managed to upraise the company within six years after it was inaugurated, till the Fox News became the cable channel that draws viewers the most in the country.
Mr Ailes was in charge of the company for a long term during which the company gave a voice to controversial issues and causes and ceased to attain the balanced way of presenting news, despite the fact that the company raises the slogan ‘Fair and Balanced’. The company was likely a platform for the Republicans and conservative figures to announce the news.
The industry of presenting and making news has been reconstructed, as channels, including liberal MSNBC which would not have been launched if it was not for the new policy of creating a platform based on certain political standpoints.
But the 20 years Mr Ailes spent at the helm of the network ended in scandal. He was obliged to stand down last year amid accusations of sexual harassment.
Unfortunately, the twenty years Mr. Ailes spend in charge came to an end last years after speculations provoked over Fox news anchor being subjected to sexual harassment.
Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson issued a lawsuit against Mr Ailes as he sexually harassed her alongside some other women who maintained the same claim, including Fox’s star Megyn Kelly who left for NBC after the unapproved incident.
Ms Carlson’s allegations were met with denial from Mr. Ailes as he said, “This is a retaliatory suit for the network’s decision not to renew her contract, which was due to the fact that her disappointingly low ratings were dragging down the afternoon lineup.”