Roger Ailes has resigned, effectively immediately, as head of Fox News Channel, and Rupert Murdoch will take over as chairman and acting CEO of the network, amid allegations of misconduct at the news organization.
“Roger Ailes has made a remarkable contribution to our company and our country,” Murdoch said in a statement. “Roger shared my vision of a great and independent television organization and executed it brilliantly over 20 great years.”
Ailes’s resignation comes after a lawsuit alleging sexual harassment from a former employee, Gretchen Carlson. 21st Century Fox, which released the statement on the 76-year-old Ailes, provided no reason for his departure.
Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch, who are two of Rupert’s sons and serve as 21st Century Fox’s executive chairman and CEO, respectively, talked about maintaining trust within the organization and recognized the accomplishment of Ailes and their father.
“We are enormously proud of their accomplishments,” the two said in the statement. “For them, as well as for our colleagues across our entire organization, we continue our commitment to maintaining a work environment based on trust and respect.”
Fox News is a significant earnings generator for New Corp. Its conservative and often biased news coverage has upended the news industry during its almost two decades in operation in which Ailes has led.
“His grasp of policy and his ability to make profoundly important issues accessible to a broader audience stand in stark contrast to the self-serving elitism that characterizes far too much of the media,” Murdoch, 85, said of Ailes. “I am personally committed to ensuring that Fox News remains a distinctive, powerful voice. Our nation needs a robust Fox News to resonate from every corner of the country.
(This story includes comments from Rupert Murdoch.)