June 9, 1985 |
One of the more engaging traits of Rupert Murdoch when I worked for him at The New York Post was that he was a "hands on" publisher, very much involved in the daily look and tone of the paper, reading most stories, editing copy, writing headlines and enjoying it. No doubt, if Michael Leapman's effort to expose Murdoch's phenomenal rise to power as an "international press lord" was placed under Murdoch's own piercing gaze, he would first take exception to the title.
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."
November 16, 1992 |
At the National Conference of Christians and Jews 29th annual Entertainment Industry Humanitarian Award dinner Wednesday at the Beverly Hilton, the official honoree was Rupert Murdoch. He's the CEO of the News Corp., which owns, among other valuable objects, 20th Century Fox, HarperCollins publishing and TV Guide. The unofficial honoree was Lew Wasserman.
April 27, 1995 |
In a victory for embattled media mogul Rupert Murdoch, a federal appeals court has rejected a bid by the NAACP to block the license renewal of Murdoch's flagship New York TV station on the grounds that federal law bars him from owning both the station and the New York Post newspaper. The ruling by the U.S.
July 7, 1994 |
Fox Broadcasting Co. Chairwoman Lucie Salhany, who helped guide the network to its groundbreaking National Football League contract and its historic raid on 12 major network affiliates, is resigning, knowledgeable sources said Wednesday. The announcement, which is expected to be made today, will end months of speculation that Salhany would step down after repeated clashes with Fox Inc. Chairman Rupert Murdoch and Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey.
July 9, 1994 |
The British newspaper industry is engaged in a brutal price war that most observers believe will result in the death of one or more of the country's national newspapers. Both the British "quality" papers and the racier tabloids have been trying out price-cutting, some of it temporary and some seemingly permanent, for the past year. The publishing war has boosted circulation for those papers that reduced newsstand prices--while decreasing sales for those that have not matched the cuts.
October 11, 1989 |
True to Hollywood's and Wall Street's most cynical expectations, MGM/UA Communications Co.'s "irrevocable" sale to the Australian Qintex Group collapsed Tuesday amid rancorous accusations and a lawsuit by MGM/UA accusing the Australian firm of fraud. The $1.5-billion deal--amended twice over the course of seven months--came unglued after Qintex failed to deliver a $50-million letter of credit by Sept. 22 as promised.
June 20, 1996 |
The turmoil over Europe's fast-emerging, multibillion-dollar digital pay TV market is intensifying. In recent weeks, media companies have announced programming packages that will bring digital pay TV to Germany, Scandinavia and the Benelux countries--Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg--for the first time this summer. At the same time, an alliance of media giants aimed at the Continent's large and lucrative German market has all but collapsed due to internal differences.
August 22, 1994 |
Lucie Salhany, who resigned as chairman of the Fox Broadcasting Co. network last month, is in discussions on becoming the head of United Paramount Network--Chris-Craft's and Paramount's joint venture to start a fifth TV network, industry sources said. Salhany, who left Fox after clashing with studio Chairman Rupert Murdoch, previously worked at Paramount, helping to develop hits such as "The Arsenio Hall Show."