As it stands, Fox News is one of the most watched news channels in the United States. It has maintained the #1 ranking amongst cable news channels for over a decade now, but this success hasn’t come to it easily. Fox News channel was started by the Australian-born American Rupert Murdoch, who’s now infamous due to the hacking controversy.
He had originally intended to buy out CNN but the deal didn’t go through. Determined to penetrate the market with his experience with Sky News in Europe, Murdoch decided to start his own venture.
Fox News launched in 1996 under the leadership of Roger Ailes, a former media consultant to Republican presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. This republican leaning from the very beginning moulded the channel’s character over the years. Before it could launch, the company had to figure out a way to make its presence known. The news broadcasting sphere was dominated by CNN (Cable News Network) and MSNBC has just launched a few years prior.