Report: The Murdochs Are Planning To Ax Roger Ailes After Harassment Suit

FILE - In this July 17, 2014 photo, Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corporation, listens to a question during a panel discussion at the B20 meeting of company CEOs in Sydney, Australia. Murdoch’s 21st Ce... FILE - In this July 17, 2014 photo, Rupert Murdoch, executive chairman of News Corporation, listens to a question during a panel discussion at the B20 meeting of company CEOs in Sydney, Australia. Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox on Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 said it is abandoning its attempt to take over Time Warner in a proposed deal that would have combined two of the world’s biggest media companies. (AP Photo/Jason Reed, Pool, File) MORE LESS
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Embattled Fox News CEO Roger Ailes’ days could be numbered, with New York Magazine reporting Monday that the Murdoch family has decided to remove Ailes from his post amid swirling allegations of sexual harassment.

Anonymous sources told the magazine that conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch, joined by his sons Lachlan and James, both executives with Fox’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, have decided it’s time to ax Ailes.

According to Gabriel Sherman’s report, the Murdochs’ decision comes after reviewing the initial findings from a sexual harassment probe of Ailes being conducted by a New York City law firm. The investigation sparked by fired Fox News host Gretchen Carlson filing a sexual harassment lawsuit has ballooned into a sweeping inquiry into Ailes’ management, two sources briefed on the investigation said.

James Murdoch wants to present Ailes this week with the option to either resign or face being removed, while Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch reportedly favor pushing off any action until after the Republican National Convention, which opened Monday in Cleveland. Another anonymous source told Sherman all three Murdochs agree that Ailes needs to be fired.

Carlson filed the suit, which names Ailes as the sole defendant, July 6 in New Jersey court. She alleges that Ailes for years retaliated against her for rebuffing his sexual advances before eventually putting out word her contract was not to be renewed, effectively firing her.

In a statement to CNN, 21st Century Fox said about Ailes’ possible removal: “This matter is not yet resolved and the review is not concluded.”

A Fox News spokeswoman did not immediately respond Monday afternoon to a request for comment from TPM.

This post has been updated.

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  2. He’ll feel better after he has a light nosh.

  3. I read something a few years ago that gave me the strong impression that Murdoch’s sons had long wanted Ailes out, but Rupurt was sticking by him.

    Looks like this gave them the ammo they needed.

    If I remember correctly, this article also suggested the sons were uncomfortable with/embarrassed by, the degree to which Fox News was a propaganda outlet as opposed to a legit news channel. That they wanted a serious news channel, even if conservative (presumably in the mold of the WSJ?), and viewed Ailes as a hack.

    On this score, I guess we’ll find out. If they really want to legitimatize FN it’s going to be a bloodbath 1211 Sixth Avenue. The rating and the cash it generates, may be hard to walk away from.

  4. Avatar for theod theod says:

    Whatever satisfaction the public might get from Ailes’ departure, be assured that nothing will change editorially. The model for FOX is set, and profit margin drives all. Those vultures waiting in the wings to take over Ailes’ spot learned everything they know from Ailes and so the deviancy will continue to go downward. That’s fundamentally the way Rupert wants it.

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