Fox News founder Roger Ailes dies at 77

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

A statement from his wife Elizabeth to US media said she was “profoundly sad and heartbroken”, calling him a “patriot”.

Mr Ailes ran Fox News since it launched in 1996, turning it into a ratings hit and hugely influential voice in the US political landscape.

But he stepped down last year amid allegations of sexual assault.

At the time he said he was resigning because he had become a “distraction”.

He once served as a media advisor to former US President Richard Nixon, later serving advising Donald Trump during his campaign last year.

Source: bbc