Founder of the FOX News Network Roger Ailes died May 18 as a result of bleeding on the brain after falling at his West Palm Beach home on May 10. A hemophiliac, Ailes bled profusely when he fell and hit his head.
Ailes died just three days after turning 77.
Ailes took a startup news service and built it into the most- watched news network on television for several years running. He resigned as CEO of the company last year after sexual harassment allegations.
Ailes began the news empire after receiving a challenge from media mogul Rupert Murdoch to create a 24-hour news service to compete with similar news services already on the air. Prior to launching FOX News, Ailes worked in the political arena, working for Republican candidates and later presidents: Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George Herbert Walker Bush. At one time, Ailes was also an adviser for then-businessman, now the current president of the United States, Donald Trump.
Touting the fledgling network as “Fair and Balanced” news, Ailes claimed that he had left politics, but it soon became clear that FOX was the home of conservative views and later launched the careers of commentators including Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity.
In a remark on Twitter, Newt Gingrich said, “The history of cable television will have a very big chapter on Roger Ailes. Without his success at Fox News Trump could never have won.”
Roger Eugene Ailes was born in Warren, Ohio on May 15, 1940, where he was raised on the premise of “God, country, family.” Unable to play sports due to his hemophilia – a blood disorder where the blood cannot coagulate after an injury like a cut – Ailes became fascinated with television. He began his professional career at a Cleveland television station after graduating from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio.
Along with running FOX News, Ailes was the producer for “The Mike Douglas Show” when he first began his career, the “Mike and Liberace” made-for-TV movie, “The Real Tom Kennedy Show,” “Tomorrow Coast to Coast,” “Television and the Presidency,” the “All-Star Salute to Our Troops,” and was the executive producer on two episodes of “Rush Limbaugh,” “Fox Files” and an episode of “FoxNews.Com Studio.”
He is survived by his third wife, Elizabeth, and son, Zachary.
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