ROGER AILES, FORMER FOX NEWS CHIEF, DIES AT 77

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3 Roger Ailes, founder and former chief ex­ec­u­tive of Fox News, the ca­ble news chan­nel pop­u­lar with con­ser­va­tives that helped re­shape the U.S. po­lit­i­cal land­scape, has died at age 77. Ailes’ widow, El­iz­a­beth Ailes, an­nounced his death in a state­ment posted on the Fox News web­site on Thurs­day. He re­signed from Fox News last July fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual ha­rass­ment, mark­ing an abrupt end to his 20-year reign at the most­watched ca­ble chan­nel in the United States. Fox News, which Ailes started in 1996 with the back­ing of me­dia mogul Ru­pert Mur­doch, raised the tem­per­a­ture of on-air de­bate on U.S. tele­vi­sion, gen­er­ally tak­ing a hard­line con­ser­va­tive view.

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