March 14, 2009 |
Like him or loathe him, Rupert Murdoch is the last of the great media swashbucklers, a throwback to the pirates, cutthroats and visionaries who used to run the business before it was engulfed and devoured by giant risk-averse corporate behemoths. The earthquake that rocked News Corp. this week was a typical Murdoch seismic event. As one of his top executives once told me: "Rupert is a gambler. He tolerates noble failure more than complacency."
February 25, 2009 |
Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch has a knack for corporate chess. Now he's contemplating how to advance his pieces. Murdoch plans to use the exit of his longtime lieutenant, Peter Chernin, to assume more direct involvement in operations and shuffle management at News Corp., which is expected to trigger the departure of some ranking executives, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because of its sensitivity. News Corp.
November 6, 2008 |
News Corp. said its first-quarter net income fell 30% from a year earlier because of a large write-down and a drop in ad revenue at its TV stations. Net income at the company run by billionaire Rupert Murdoch fell to $515 million, or 20 cents a share. A year earlier, net income was $732 million, or 23 cents. Revenue rose 6.3% to $7.5 billion. Operating income fell 9% to $953 million, compared with $1.1 billion reported a year earlier. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected first-quarter earnings per share to fall 2% to 23 cents on revenue of $7.7 billion, 8% higher than a year earlier.
June 17, 2008 |
MySpace can collect $6 million from a notorious Internet marketer accused by the popular online hangout of spamming its users. An arbitrator has ruled that Scott Richter and his Web marketing company, Media Breakaway of Westminster, Colo., must pay MySpace $4.8 million in damages and $1.2 million in attorney's fees for barraging MySpace members with unsolicited advertisements. Media Breakaway and its employees were also banned from the site. MySpace, a unit of News Corp.
April 5, 2008 |
News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media said it would fall short of Chairman Rupert Murdoch's target for revenue of $1 billion this fiscal year and announced a reorganization of the unit designed to drive growth. "It wasn't one smoking gun. It was a series of things that were a little late to come to market," said Michael Barrett, who will step down as chief revenue officer at Fox Interactive after a two-month transition period.
February 21, 2008 |
MySpace, the top social networking site owned by News Corp., is in talks to create an online music joint venture with the four biggest record companies, sources familiar with the discussion said Wednesday. The talks are part of Rupert Murdoch's plans to distinguish MySpace, a haven for new music fans, from fast-moving rival Facebook as the premier destination for digital media. Plans for the service, tentatively named MySpace Music, are still in the discussion phase.