Roger Eugene Ailes was an American television executive and media consultant. He was the chairman and CEO of Fox News, Fox Television Stations and 20th Television. Ailes suffered from hemophilia, a medical condition in which the body is impaired in its ability to produce blood clots. He died on May 18, 2017 at the age of 77 after suffering a subdural hematoma that was aggravated by his hemophiliac condition.
About Roger Ailes in brief
Roger Eugene Ailes was an American television executive and media consultant. He was the chairman and CEO of Fox News, Fox Television Stations and 20th Television. He resigned in July 2016 after allegations of sexual harassment were made by 23 women. Ailes suffered from hemophilia, a medical condition in which the body is impaired in its ability to produce blood clots. He died on May 18, 2017 at the age of 77 after suffering a subdural hematoma that was aggravated by his hemophiliac condition. He worked as a media consultant for Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, and George H. W. Bush, and for Rudy Giuliani’s first mayoral campaign. In 2016, he became an adviser to the Donald Trump campaign, where he assisted with debate preparation. He later made his way back to television, this time focusing on cable news. In 1993 he became president of CNBC and later created the \”America’s Talking\” channel. He hosted an interview program on America’s Talking, which would eventually become MSNBC. In 1995 he allegedly called David Zaslav a ‘little fucking Jew’ after NBC hired a law firm to conduct an internal investigation after a law suit was filed against NBC. In 2007 Ailes hired former Current Affair host Geraldo Rivera, which debuted on Halloween, 2005, and replaced it with Geraldo at Large. He also hired former Viacom personality Michael O’Leary as a guest host on Fox News Sunday in January 2007.
In 2012, he was named Chairman of the Fox Television Corporation Group on August 15, 2005. He retired from Fox News on October 7, 2007, effective after the departure of Lachlan Murdoch from the Murdoch Corporation. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, two sons and a daughter-in-law. He had a son, Roger Ailes Jr., and a stepson, Michael Ailes III, who is also a television producer and a radio host. He has a daughter, Kelly Ailes, who was married to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for more than 20 years. He and his wife had three children, three stepchildren, two step-grandchildren, and one step-great-grandchild. He lived in Warren, Ohio, with his wife and three step-children. His father was abusive, and his parents divorced in 1960. In 1962, Ailes graduated from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio,. where he majored in radio and television and served as the student station manager for WOUB for two years. In 1967 and 1968 he won Emmy Awards for the show, The Mike Douglas Show. In 1968, Nixon called on Ailes to serve as his Executive Producer for television. His pioneering work in framing national campaign issues, capitalizing on the race-based Southern Strategy and making the stiff Nixon more likable and accessible to voters was later chronicled in The Selling of the President 1968 by Joe McGinniss.