Murdochs considering firing Fox News CEO Roger Ailes, reports claim

Roger Ailes, chief executive of Fox News, could be removed from his role in a pre-emptive sacking by the Murdoch family, according to reports.

Roger Ailes

The New York Magazine is reporting that the Murdochs will issue an ultimatum to Ailes, either resign or be fired in the coming days.

Fox News host Gretchen Carlson launched a sexual harassment lawsuit against the 76-year-old CEO, alleging that he carried out years of retaliation and harassment as a result of her turning down repeated sexual advances.

New York Magazine reporter Gabriel Sherman cites anonymous sources stating that Rupert and sons Lachlan and James are in agreement to remove Ailes, but are in disagreement whether to remove the CEO before or after the GOP convention.

The trio have reviewed the preliminary investigatory findings into Ailes and are expected to make an announcement on the incident soon.

The piece will be updated as it develops.

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