Murdochs Move to Oust Roger Ailes?

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Roger Ailes’ time at the helm of Fox News could be nearing its end, according to a new report Monday by New York magazine.

The report, by Gabriel Sherman, a longtime chronicler of the Fox News chief and his tenure at one of the nation’s most influential news outlets, said that Rupert Murdoch and his sons, James and Lachlan, had decided to remove the executive from his post in the wake of a sexual-harassment lawsuit leveled against him by former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson. The report, citing unnamed sources, suggested the executives, who run Fox News parent 21st Century Fox, were considering various strategies to have Ailes step down.

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“This matter is not yet resolved and the review is not concluded,” 21st Century Fox said in a statement. A spokeswoman for Fox News could not be reached for immediate comment.

Carlson leveled allegations in a suit filed in Superior Court of New Jersey charging that the executive had propositioned her sexually and that she had suffered unfair treatment from Steve Doocy, her co-host for several years on “Fox & Friends,” the Fox News morning program. Carlson left the network in June. In a statement, Ailes said her charges were false and came in retaliation for her contact with Fox News not being renewed. Meanwhile…(read more)

Source: Variety



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