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Roger Ailes to Take Reins of Fox Television Stations

Aug 15, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Two weeks of speculation came true Monday with the announcement that Fox News Chairman Roger Ailes will add to his plate the post of chairman of the Fox Television Stations group, a position that also will give him oversight of Twentieth Television, producer of first-run syndicated programming and distributor of off-network programming.

Mr. Ailes fills the oversight position left empty by the unexpected resignation Aug. 5 of News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer Lachlan Murdoch, who held responsibility for the stations group.

Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations, will report to Mr. Ailes. Mr. Ailes will report to News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and to News Corp. President and COO Peter Chernin.

The group owns and operates 35 stations in 26 markets that represent nearly 45 percent of the TV universe in the United States. The group includes nine duopolies, five of them in top 10 markets.