New York – Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a politically powerful cable giant that helped redefine US television news, has died, the network announced.
The Fox co-founder, who was also a consultant to Republican presidents, was ousted from the network last year under the cloud of a series of sexual harassment allegations.
The network’s hosts struggled to hold back tears as they read a statement from Ailes’ wife Elizabeth announcing his death at the age of 77.
A longtime confident of media titan Rupert Murdoch, Ailes was a central figure in the conservative US political movement.
He resigned in July after a sexual harassment lawsuit from former Fox news host Gretchen Carlson.