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Fox News boss Roger Ailes 'in talks on his departure'

Roger Ailes, chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox TV Stations, in New York. 19 July 2016 Image copyright Drew Angerer
Image caption Roger Ailes, pictured with wife Elizabeth Tilson, has denied claims of sexual harassment

Fox News Channel boss Roger Ailes is negotiating his departure from the network, according to US media reports.

It comes less than two weeks after former presenter Gretchen Carlson sued Mr Ailes for sexual harassment and wrongful termination, claims he denies.

The New York Times, citing a source, said Mr Ailes and parent company 21st Century Fox were in the advanced stages of talks on his departure.

The company would only say Mr Ailes was at work and a review was ongoing.

A report in New York magazine, citing anonymous sources, says lawyers for 21st Century Fox have given Mr Ailes a deadline of 1 August to resign or face being fired.

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Image caption Ms Carlson had her own show on the Fox network

The lawsuit filed by Ms Carlson claims she was fired after refusing his sexual advances.

She worked for the conservative-leaning US network for 11 years before her contract expired in June.

Mr Ailes strongly denies the allegations and says Ms Carlson filed the suit in retaliation for not having her contract renewed.

"This defamatory lawsuit is not only offensive, it is wholly without merit and will be defended vigorously," he said.

Further allegations have since surfaced in US media that Mr Ailes sexually harassed another Fox News presenter, Megyn Kelly.

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Image caption Allegations also emerged concerning Mr Ailes conduct towards presenter Megyn Kelly

According to New York magazine, Ms Kelly has told investigators that Mr Ailes made unwanted advances towards her about 10 years ago when she was a correspondent.

A lawyer for Mr Ailes, Susan Estrich, denied those claims in a statement on Tuesday.

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