Roger Ailes Confirms: ‘My Job Is to Report to Rupert, and I Expect That to Continue’

CNN's "Reliable Sources" Tackles Roger Ailes
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Roger Ailes will continue to report to Rupert Murdoch through a proposed succession of leadership at 21st Century Fox, the Fox News chairman and chief executive said in a brief interview Thursday.

“My job is to report to Rupert, and I expect that to continue,” Ailes told Variety. The network’s parent company is expected to announce that Murdoch’s sons, James and Lachlan, will take senior roles at the company.

Ailes’ future came into question Thursday when a proposed plan was disclosed that James Murdoch would be named chief executive of the company and Lachlan Murdoch would become executive chairman alongside his father. Chase Carey would step down as chief operating officer, but would remain with the company through May 2016 in a role that would be defined later.

The question of where Ailes fits into the reporting structure is of great importance to the investment community because the operations he oversees are an enormous contributor to 21st Century Fox’s revenues and because the Fox News chief clashed with Lachlan Murdoch in the past.

“Rupert will need to appease Roger,” said Tuna Amobi, an analyst with S&P Capital IQ. “Even if it means that Roger Ailes is essentially given the freedom to run his own kingdom.”

A spokesman for 21st Century Fox did not respond immediately Thursday to a query about Ailes. Stuart Varney, an anchor who appears on Fox Business Network, stated on air Thursday morning that Ailes would continue to report to the elder Murdoch.

Tensions with Ailes were said to be a contributing factor in Lachlan Murdoch’s decision to exit the company in 2005, according to press reports at the time. Ailes was named chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group following Lachlan Murdoch’s departure.

In 2014, Lachlan Murdoch returned to the fold, after being appointed as co-chairman of News Corp. and 21st Century Fox Inc.

Fox News Channel’s operating revenue was $2.04 billion in 2014, according to data from market-research firm SNL Kagan, while gross ad revenue was approximately $934.7 million.

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  1. Nicholas P. Schiavone says:

    DJI:

    If you think FOX is a joke, then the joke is on you.

    “We report. YOU decide.” is not a slogan it’s the nature of the beast.

    FOX News reflects America as it is in 2015. Like it, or not!

    At least Mr. Ailes has taught a group of journalists how to get people to pay attention to the news.

    When the best parts of AC360 are outtakes from “The Kelly File” you understand why Roger is #1!

    Rupert Murdoch could not have a better business head and he knows it. Mr. Ailes personifies 21st CF!

    • Patrick says:

      Cheering for Fox News (or any news organization) like they’re your favorite sports team pretty much says it all. That’s the problem, right there!

      • sandy kabb martin says:

        i liked roger when he worked on the mike douglas show. and he was a liberal. jolly fellow, working for westnghouse broadcasting.from sandy kabb

      • Pathetic assessment, Patrick. One assumes you cannot recognize comparative analysis based on Nielsen TV Ratings. Sports events have scores. TV broadcasts have ratings. Does that make it easier for you to understand the point?

      • Donald Incardona says:

        it’s the only place for old white conservative men to get their nightly fix. the rest of america have lives other than watching the fake news channel. advise to you……….get a damn life.

    • Donald Incardona says:

      they report shit. the business model is good. but look they talk to their bubble universe. out of step with the rest of america. and they twist the truth which makes people who blog like you look stupid to the rest of america. but to red america ya look great. but it’s why ya can’t win in elections where everybody votes. fox is killing your party.

      • Nicholas P. Schiavone says:

        My life is fine, Patrick & Donald, thanks. That’s more than can be said for yours, give the anger & rage.
        PS I watch “The PBS NewsHour.” Does that make you feel better? I don’t really care anyway.
        There is a difference between media commentary and personal preference. Stop reading “Variety.”
        Peace be with you.
        Soon!

      • Donald Incardona says:

        hey jag off. you don’t know me. my life is fine. but you? the way you defend goebels net work that’s what you watch. you chicken shit.

      • Nicholas P. Schiavone says:

        Look who is in the bubble, Donald Incardo? You! You and Jeff Zucker!! And suck language. Really?

        You and Jeff Zucker are The Real Jokers. Jeff has failed at everything since he left ‘The Today Show’ in the 1900’s. He even fails at the truth and that’s not good for CNN.
        Seen CNN’s news ratings lately, that’s if you can find any news on CNN?

        And what have you accomplished lately, Donald

        If you and Jeff thinks FOX News is a joke, then you need to think again, if capable.

        “We report. YOU decide.” is not a slogan!
        It’s the nature of the beast….
        the TV News Leader for 20 years.

        FOX News reflects America as it is in 2015. Like it, or not!

        Mr. Ailes has taught a group of journalists how to get people to pay attention to the news.

        When the best parts of CNN’s AC360 are outtakes from “The Kelly File,”
        then you understand why Roger is the best at what he does…not the self appointed Prince Jeff.

        Rupert Murdoch could not have a better business head and he knows it.

        Mr. Ailes personifies 21st Century Fox as Rupert Murdoch intends it to be.
        Congratulations, FNN & 21st CF!

        Goodbye CNN.

      • Donald Incardona says:

        i’m not talking about anything but the fact YOU CAN’T WIN THE PRESIDENCY AND YOU WILL LOSE THE SENATE. get out of your bubble. get back to me in 2017. the business is fine the lies are not . now shut up and sit down.

    • Michael Anthony says:

      “Fox News reflects America as it is in 2015″. Thanks for the comment, I haven’t laughed so hard in days. If it did reflect America, Obama wouldn’t have been re-elected, Obamacare would not be law, gay marriage
      would not be and the religious hate bills would be law in those states that wanted them.

      That may have been true a decade ago, but no longer. Sure, they have more viewers, but its the same viewers and their extreme positions. Sorry, but the ” wedge” issues they love to
      exploit, no longer are important to the majority.

  2. dji says:

    this should come as no surprise. roger is a very paranoid creature. and really he runs the show at FOX. murdoch lets roger do as he pleases. why not he’s done well for FOX even if it is fake news. it should be comedy central #2.

  3. Ted Faraone says:

    Roger lost a lot of weight. Good for him! Not so good that he says publicly who his boss will be. I’d leave that to the boss as a matter of discretion.

  4. Nicholas P. Schiavone says:

    Persistence personified!

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