By Erin Roberts
The Roger E. Ailes Newsroom in the Scripps College of Communication will be dedicated at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22. Located on the third floor of the Radio-Television Communication Building, the newsroom will be named in honor of FOX News Chairman and CEO Roger E. Ailes, a 1962 graduate of Ohio University whose contribution made it possible.
"It is my honor to announce that the newsroom will bear Roger's name as it benefits Scripps College of Communication students, faculty and staff for generations to come," Dean Greg Shepherd said. "Roger is an extraordinarily accomplished alumnus of and champion for the Scripps College of Communication, and we are grateful for his continuing generosity and support of our students and programs."
Now fully functional, the newsroom is used primarily by Scripps College of Communication students and staff who produce the "Athens MidDay" and "Newswatch" live daily newscasts. In addition, the space is used for WOUB's radio news programs; "Gridiron Glory," WOUB's student-produced football show; and "Bobcat Blitz," the Ohio University football coaches' show that airs statewide.
Since 1994, Ailes has provided scholarships for Athens campus students enrolled in the Scripps College and working for campus telecommunication organizations such as the public broadcasting stations of WOUB and the All Campus Radio Network.
Ailes, a radio and television major while at Ohio University, served as WOUB Radio's student station manager for two years before embarking on an career as a television producer, television executive and political media consultant. He oversaw in 1996 the creation and launch of the FOX News Channel, which passed CNN in the ratings in 2002 to become the No. 1 news channel in America. Last fall, he launched FOX Business Network.
"Ohio University ignited my interest in broadcasting, which became my lifetime career," Ailes said in the fall after announcing his gift. "The education I received there gave me the opportunity to take on my first managerial responsibilities and provided early lessons in leadership. I'm happy to contribute to a great university."
The Roger E. Ailes Newsroom will serve as a real-life learning ground for the more than 300 student employees who contribute their talents to radio and television production in the college. Its features, which include a live camera area that facilitates live reports, interviews and weather cuts from the newsroom, are among the best in the industry today, preparing students to walk on the job and hit the ground running.
The newsroom is part of a larger project that will result in an integrated communication facility for the Scripps College of Communication. The construction project, slated for completion in 2012, involves renovation of a portion of the former Baker University Center, renovation of the Radio-Television Building and removal of part of Baker to construct a new section that will connect the two buildings. The facility will house the college's five schools and the WOUB Center for Public Media.
The Roger E. Ailes Newsroom dedication will be streamed on the Internet at http://streaming.cns.ohiou.edu/WOUBCPM.
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