Roger Ailes Exits Fox News
July 21, 2016 at 1:40 PM (PT)
ROGER AILES has officially resigned from his role of Chairman and Acting CEO of FOX NEWS CHANNEL and FOX BUSINESS NETWORK and Chairman of FOX TELEVISION STATIONS, with the move coming in the wake of former anchor GRETCHEN CARLSON's sexual harassment lawsuit. Executive Chairman RUPERT MURDOCH himself will take over as Chairman and Acting CEO of FOX NEWS.
MURDOCH, in a press release announcing the separation, said, "ROGER AILES has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country. ROGER shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years. FOX NEWS has given voice to those who were ignored by the traditional networks and has been one of the great commercial success stories of modern media.
"It is always difficult to create a channel or a publication from the ground up and against seemingly entrenched monopolies. To lead a flourishing news channel, and to build FOX BUSINESS, ROGER has defied the odds. His grasp of policy and his ability to make profoundly important issues accessible to a broader audience stand in stark contrast to the self-serving elitism that characterizes far too much of the media.
"I am personally committed to ensuring that FOX NEWS remains a distinctive, powerful voice. Our nation needs a robust FOX NEWS to resonate from every corner of the country.
"To ensure continuity of all that is best about FOX NEWS and what it stands for, I will take over as Chairman and acting CEO, with the support of our existing management team under BILL SHINE, JAY WALLACE and MARK KRANZ.”
MURDOCH's sons, 21ST CENTURY FOX Executive Chairman LACHLAN MURDOCH and CEO JAMES MURDOCH, said in the release, “We join our father in recognizing ROGER’s remarkable contributions to our company. Our talented FOX NEWS and FOX BUSINESS colleagues, up and down the organization and on both sides of the camera, have built something that continues to redefine the cable news experience for millions of viewers. We are enormously proud of their accomplishments. For them, as well as for our colleagues across our entire organization, we continue our commitment to maintaining a work environment based on trust and respect. We take seriously our responsibility to uphold these traditional, long-standing values of our company.”
NEW YORK MAGAZINE's GABRIEL SHERMAN earlier tweeted that AILES was removed from the FOX NEWS building, moved to another 21ST CENTURY FOX property, and was negotiating a separation package worth in the neighborhood of $60 million. SHERMAN is also reporting that 21ST CENTURY FOX spokeswoman IRENA BRIGANTI was ordered not to talk to AILES or the press about the case and might be on her way out of the company as well. Her name is not listed as a contact on the official press release of AILES' departure.
Right now Ailes-21CF are said to agree he will get $60 million to walk away, but payout will be over period of time that includes consulting— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 21, 2016
21CF source says as of today, Ailes has been moved out of Fox News HQ at 1211 Ave of the Americas to another 21CF building in Manhattan— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 21, 2016
Ailes-21CF talks still wrestling over $$; language of apology or acceptance of responsibility; and length of consulting term— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 21, 2016
Now more than 10 Fox women have told stories of harassment to Paul, Weiss investigators, person briefed on inquiry says— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 21, 2016
Lawyer for former Fox anchor Laurie Dhue says she's in process of writing a book that will "candidly discuss" her interactions with Ailes— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) July 21, 2016