Facts about Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes Biography
Roger Miles was the founder and chairman of Fox News from 1996 to 2016, when he was forced out due to allegations of sexual predation.
A 1962 graduate of Ohio University, Ailes began his career as a producer of Cleveland’s The Mike Douglas Show, a daytime talk show. Ailes left the show in 1968 to go into political consulting.
As a media consultant, Roger Ailes worked on several campaigns, including those of Republicans Mitch McConnell and Phil Gramm. He famously worked on the presidential campaigns of Richard Nixon (1968), Ronald Reagan (1984) and George H.W. Bush (1988).
In the 1990s, Ailes returned to television with NBC and took over running CNBC, making it profitable. He left NBC in 1993 and called Rupert Murdoch — with Murdoch’s financial backing, Ailes started Fox News in 1996 with no news gathering network and no distribution network. It worked.
The focus on combative opinions made it the top-rated news channel. Roger Ailes steered Fox News to cable television success and steered to organization for 20 years with his take-no-prisoners attitude. In 2016, anchor Gretchen Carlson filed a lawsuit agains Roger Ailes, charging him with sexual harassment. More accusations from former employees followed, and Ailes was forced to resign (with a significant payout).