The “Chicago Tribune” reported that on Monday, July 18, 2016, that Fox News Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman, Roger Ailes may be removed from his position. Co-CEO Rupert Murdoch discussed the removal of Ailes with some 21st Century Fox Inc. decision makers after he was accused of sexual harassment by a former anchor, Gretchen Carlson. Ailes was a former adviser to both President Richard Nixon and President Ronald Reagan.
Murdoch and Ailes founded Fox News in 1996. In 2016, the channel has been built into one of the most profitable entities in modern media. It has also been viewed as a profitable source for its parent company, 21st Century Fox Inc. It has been thoroughly discussed how Fox News is constantly criticized for its slanted and partisan programming. The channel attempts to differentiate between its opinionated prime-time programming and its more news-oriented programming during the day.
It has been suggested, Murdoch named one of his sons another co-CEO and the other as a co-executive chairman. It is believed that Ailes was not in favor of this move. Ailes has not finalized any details about the terms or timing of his removal.
Written by Kristina Lasher
Edited by Cathy Milne
Chicago Tribune: Murdochs to remove Fox News chief Roger Ailes, NY Mag reports
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