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Media guru who founded Fox News is dead, aged 77

By Frazier Moore

Roger Ailes, who transformed TV news by creating the Fox News Channel - only to be ousted at the height of his reign for alleged sexual harassment - has died at the age of 77.

A former Republican party operative to candidates including Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George HW Bush, Mr Ailes turned his media savvy to running TV networks.

In 1996 he accepted a challenge from media mogul Rupert Murdoch to build a news network from scratch to compete with CNN. Fox News Channel went on to become the audience leader in US cable news.

It also emerged as a powerful force on the political scene, with Mr Ailes dismissing criticism that the "fair and balanced" network had a conservative bias.

He was abruptly dismissed from Fox News in July 2016 after a lawsuit filed by former anchor Gretchen Carlson accused him of sexual improprieties.

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