Roger Ailes

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Roger Eugene Ailes (born May 15, 1940) is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer FOX News Channel and the FOX Business Network, as well as Chairman of Fox Television Stations and Twentieth Television. He has oversight over all national operations for FOX News and Television, serves as a senior adviser to Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation. Since joining FOX News in 1996, Ailes created FOX’s first weekly public affairs show, “FOX News Sunday” and oversaw the successful launch of FOX News Channel and Fox Business. “He understands the news media, politics and the American people as well as anyone in the modern age,” says former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.[1]

Prior to FOX, Ailes was president of CNBC, making it the fastest growing major cable network in America and a leading source for business news, tripling ratings and increasing profits from $9 million to well over $100 million. Ailes also oversaw CNBC’s 1995 worldwide expansion to Europe and Asia. At the same time, he was president of "America’s Talking", which later became MSNBC.

He was a three-year term as a board member of the National Hemophilia Foundation, a member of the Director’s Guild of America and a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Gettysburg.

Ailes earned his bachelor’s and received an honorary doctorate from Ohio University.

Fox News Tenure

Mr. Ailes is certainly making money. At a time when the broadcast networks are struggling with diminishing audiences and profits in news, he has built Fox News into the profit engine of the News Corporation. Fox News is believed to make more money than CNN, MSNBC and the evening newscasts of NBC, ABC and CBS combined. The division is on track to achieve $700 million in operating profit this year (2010), according to analyst estimates that Mr. Ailes does not dispute. [2]

"If he were a Democrat, I think there would be 67 Democratic senators right now," said the political consultant James Carville. In terms of the news business, the cable television business, and the political business, there is him....and then there is everybody else.


See also

External links

Roger Ailes Biography, Blog and News Updates [1]

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Beast, the Fox News chief says Obama thinks differently from most Americans, defends Murdoch’s GOP donations, and admits Beck sometimes goes too far.[2]