TV Week’s Michele Greppi has the magazine’s 10 Most Poweful People in TV News. FNC’s Roger Ailes heads the list…
Roger Ailes is the man with the cash-green thumb that makes him a favorite go-to guy of Rupert Murdoch. He’s driven and inventive and demands the same of those who work for him, whether at Fox News or the Fox Television Stations Group-the latter a challenge that led to the conception in February of a new broadcast network, MyNetworkTV, in order to program and finance the programming of prime time on the Fox-owned stations that will lose UPN affiliation this fall.
He’s the only executive on this list whose news division revenues are regularly highlighted and headlined in the parent company’s earnings reports. For the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2005, Fox News Channel advertising growth helped drive up News Corp.’s cable network division 15 percent.
He’s the only executive on this list whose programming claims 10 out of the Top 10 spots in the weekly ratings competition. Bill O’Reilly’s show is now just one of six Fox News programs that cracked the million-viewer mark for first quarter 2006. And young Shepard Smith, who won many new fans with his reporting on Hurricane Katrina, is the Fox talent most likely to inspire a bidding war.