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Divide & Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes

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Divide & Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes

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Thursday 5 September 8.30pm Channel 039

The personal, political and surreal story of Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes. Widely called a bulldog and a kingmaker, Ailes was the Wizard of Oz, and untouchable. As a key advisor to Presidents Nixon, Reagan and George H.W. Bush, he shaped more than fifty years of American political history. But he collected talent like dolls and became consumed by paranoia about his own personal security. With Rupert Murdoch behind him, Roger Ailes started Fox News and turned it into a money-making juggernaut, with profits exceeding those of all its rivals combined. After creating a ratings powerhouse, amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment Ailes was forced out of Fox in 2016 in disgrace. He died in May 2017. This is a story of serial cruelty, both on the public stage and in private life.