During a long and colorful career, Roger Ailes has dug ditches, advised Richard Nixon on his 1968 presidential campaign, produced off-Broadway shows -- and started cable networks, notably Fox News Channel.
His next effort is the Fox Business Network, scheduled to make its debut next week. Mr. Ailes, who is chairman and CEO of both channels and chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group, and his team have been scrambling to build the 24-hour network ever since his boss, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch announced it in February.
Mr. Ailes, 67 years old, runs his TV empire with combativeness and guile, and is secretive about his plans for the business channel. Specific shows haven't been announced, and he hasn't talked about its approach.