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June 14, 2013 | By David Horsey
Octogenarian media mogul Rupert Murdoch began his rise to global power and riches when, at 21, he inherited his father's newspaper business in Australia. Under his tough hide, Murdoch has had a soft spot in his heart for newspapers ever since, which is why he is splitting off the publishing side of his empire from the entertainment side. At Murdoch's urging, News Corp shareholders have approved the division. Remaining under the News Corp umbrella will be 120 newspapers, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, The Times of London and the Australian, plus HarperCollins book publishers.
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April 10, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before getting ready for Passover. The Skinny: I've gotten so deep into "Sons of Anarchy" that I'm two episodes behind on "The Americans. " I need to catch up tonight. Today's roundup includes recaps of the Senate hearing about the Comcast-Time Warner Cable deal. Also, Rupert Murdoch talks business and his personal life with Fortune and the Hollywood Reporter looks back at the aftershocks of Disney President Frank Wells' death 20 years ago. Daily Dose: Former Fox and UPN senior executive Adam Ware has joined the Tennis Channel as senior vice president and head of digital media.
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March 25, 1998
Kevin Starr's article on Rupert Murdoch (Opinion, March 22) touches on some interesting points, not the least in his penultimate paragraph: "London denies Rupert Murdoch a seat in the House of Lords." Since Murdoch has sworn allegiance to the United States, he would hardly even be eligible for a peerage. And the prime ministers of his original country, Australia, have not recommended any of their citizens for honors from the crown for many years. Had Murdoch chosen to take citizenship of the United Kingdom, rather than that of the United States, he might have at least been eligible for such recognition.
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March 27, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before changing my last name to Murdoch. The Skinny: Ever spend too much time online and your eyes hurt? That's how I felt yesterday. I hate Internet hangovers. Today's roundup includes more coverage of the drama at Rupert Murdoch's media empires. Also, cable networks don't feel they are getting their fair share of ad dollars from Madison Avenue. Daily Dose: Viacom is in a nasty fight with hundreds of small cable operators over fees for its networks, which include MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon.
BUSINESS
August 28, 2013 | By Lauren Beale
Rupert Murdoch has closed on the Moraga Vineyards Estate in Bel-Air five months after entering escrow. The News Corp. chairman paid $28.8 million for the 13-acre winery and mansion. The property, which was listed earlier this year at $29.5 million, has an on-site wine cave, a 7,500-square-foot main residence, a guesthouse and a swimming pool, among other amenities. Murdoch, 82, is also chief executive of 21 st Century Fox. The media mogul billionaire has been discussed as a potential buyer for the Tribune Co. newspapers, which include the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune.
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March 26, 2014 | By Meg James
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has made dramatic changes that position his two sons to ultimately take over the global media empire that Murdoch has spent most of his life building. Murdoch's eldest son, Lachlan, has been given an influential role as non-executive co-chairman of both companies: News Corp. and 21st Century Fox.  The move puts Lachlan, 42, second in line behind his father in the corporate structure of the media empire. Lachlan, who has been running a television business in Australia, had left his senior role within the company in 2005 after being marginalized in a power struggle.
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July 6, 2013 | By Meg James
Scotland Yard detectives are interested in a surreptitious recording of Rupert Murdoch, according to the Guardian newspaper of London. In the recording, News Corp.'s chairman seemed to suggest that bribing public officials was part of "the culture of Fleet Street. "  On Saturday, the Guardian said a detective with Scotland Yard had requested the tape, which was secretly recorded in March when the 82-year-old News Corp. chairman visited staff members of The Sun in London. During the meeting, Murdoch disparaged police officers and their handling of the two-plus-year phone hacking probe.
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October 18, 2013 | By Meg James
Rupert Murdoch easily swatted away another attempt to loosen his control over 21st Century Fox. Fox shareholders on Friday overwhelmingly supported the 82-year-old mogul's bid to retain his seat on the Fox board.  Murdoch had the fifth-highest vote total in the company's annual election, with 463 million votes supporting his return, while 46 million votes were cast against him. Three newly elected members of Fox's board captured higher vote...
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July 18, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
George Michael is delighted to be alive, but when he came back to life out of a coma last December, he spent a couple of days speaking in an accent that wasn't his own. While doctors worried that he had brain damage following a horrid bout with pneumonia that included days in a coma, Michael told Britain's LBC radio , it turned out the London-born chap was just channeling a "Bristolian," West Country accent from a British comedy called "Nighty...
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March 26, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before figuring out where the sun went. The Skinny: Finally finished Sunday's episode of "The Walking Dead. " We are all in agreement that there's something evil going on at Terminus, right? Wednesday's roundup includes big news from Rupert Murdoch as his two sons get more turf at 21st Century Fox and News Corp. Also, analysis of the 2013 box office and a closer look at Ben Sherwood, the new co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks unit. Daily Dose: The first Senate hearing on Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable has been delayed.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Joe Flint
Watchers of Rupert Murdoch's empire are busy scrutinizing the new roles of his children Lachlan and James in an attempt to determine which may be the front runner to eventually succeed the media mogul. But as far as the day-to-day operations of 21st Century Fox go, Chase Carey is still steering the ship. Described by Rupert Murdoch as his "partner and trusted advisor," Carey, 60, is in the process of negotiating a new contract with the company. Since returning to become Murdoch's top lieutenant in 2009 after a stint running DirecTV, Carey has spent much of his time increasing revenue streams for the 21st Century Fox television unit.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Meg James
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has made dramatic changes that position his two sons to ultimately take over the global media empire that Murdoch has spent most of his life building. Murdoch's eldest son, Lachlan, has been given an influential role as non-executive co-chairman of both companies: News Corp. and 21st Century Fox.  The move puts Lachlan, 42, second in line behind his father in the corporate structure of the media empire. Lachlan, who has been running a television business in Australia, had left his senior role within the company in 2005 after being marginalized in a power struggle.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Meg James
His older son, Lachlan, quit a top executive job in the company and retreated to Australia. His second son, James, was battered by the British phone hacking scandal. Some analysts figured Rupert Murdoch's long-held ambition to leave his vast worldwide empire in the hands of a Murdoch would never happen. But with one bold stroke Wednesday, the 83-year-old Murdoch cemented a new leadership structure that ensures his two sons will be in charge of his two media companies long after he is gone.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2014 | By Meg James
News that Fox TV chief Peter Rice had renewed his employment contract came, fittingly enough, in a press release about Rupert Murdoch's plans for corporate succession of his vast media empire. Wednesday's news release chronicled the return of Murdoch's eldest son , Lachlan Murdoch, 42, to a prominent role as co-chairman of the two companies. It detailed the elevation of James Murdoch, 41, into the powerful post of co-chief operating officer of 21st Century Fox. Midway through the release appeared this line: "In addition to these appointments, the company also announced that Peter Rice, chairman and CEO Fox Networks Group, has agreed to extend his employment agreement.
OPINION
March 19, 2014 | Meghan Daum
Rush Limbaugh is right on this one. The reporting on Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, which disappeared March 8, has turned into a spectacle - not the good kind. It's all "such a show," Limbaugh told his listeners Monday. "We've got anchors and anchorettes who don't know beans about even why an airplane flies. They couldn't explain the concept of air pressure differential or lift to you if their jobs depended on it. " Actually it's even worse than "such a show": The lack of any real information has pushed television news to new levels of unintentional self-parody.
WORLD
February 20, 2014 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- A London court acquitted former newspaper executive Rebekah Brooks on one of the five charges she faces in Britain's high-profile trial of seven former senior staff members and journalists from Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. on charges related to an extensive phone hacking scandal. Brooks was acquitted on a count of misconduct tied to charges that she paid $6,000 in 2006 for a photograph of Prince William dressed in a bikini at a party to be published in the Sun, a Murdoch-owned tabloid she edited at the time.
WORLD
February 19, 2014 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON - Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair offered to act as a secret adviser to Rupert Murdoch and two of his newspaper executives as they confronted revelations of illegal phone hacking, a London jury heard Wednesday. The disclosure -- contained in an email sent by Rebekah Brooks, a former executive of News International, once the British branch of Murdoch's News Corp. media empire, to Murdoch's son and deputy, James -- came as prosecutors wrapped up their case against seven defendants charged in the scandal.
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