News 19 may — 12:44

Roger Ailes: Fox News founder dies at 77

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The ex-chairman and founder of Fox News Roger Ailes has died aged 77, his family says, BBC reports.

A statement from his wife Elizabeth said she was "profoundly sad and heartbroken", calling him a "patriot".

Mr Ailes ran Fox News for two decades and is credited with transforming it into arguably the most powerful voice in conservative media.

But he stepped down last year after a number of female employees accused him of sexual harassment.

At the time he said he was resigning because he had become a "distraction"

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