Roger Ailes stays put at Fox

News chief signs five-year deal

Fox News continues its drive to keep top people in place as the org’s parent company — News Corp. — announced that Fox News Channel topper Roger Ailes has signed a five-year pact that keeps him at the helm of Fox’s news ops, TV stations and Twentieth Television syndication wing.

News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch praised Ailes’ track record since he joined the conglom in 1996 to launch FNC, which has dominated the cable news market for more than five years. Murdoch also gave an endorsement to Ailes’ latest startup, the one-year-old Fox Business Network.

“Roger has done a remarkable job building Fox News into a force in journalism and built a great asset for News Corp. I have complete confidence in his talent and his editorial judgment. Under his leadership, I believe that Fox Business Network will become the strongest competitor in financial television news,” Murdoch said in a statement.

“I look forward to carrying out Mr. Murdoch’s legendary vision in the future,” Ailes said in a statement.

FNC recently signed new contracts with popular primetime talkers Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity.

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Scene News from Variety