Rupert Murdoch is now an old man on a lonely throne at News Corp

In his 80s, with no clear successor, the media mogul and his spun-off newpaper operation are in a precarious position Matthew Parris went to the Orwell prizegiving the other day and suddenly saw red. Chris Mullin MP was giving a speech lauding fine investigative journalism – like that of this year’s winner, Andrew Norfolk of […]


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Murdoch signals fresh start with News Corp logo – but his hand is all over it

The new branding for the mogul’s publishing arm is a stab at being more informal, but in reality it sticks to the same old script With all the grace of a hurried reminder to “get milk” or “phone mum” the new logo for News Corp attempts to bring the regrouped publishing wing of the company […]


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Rupert Murdoch plans to ‘poison’ News Corp takeover bids

Rupert Murdoch announces year-long plan enabling News Corp shareholders to buy discounted stock in event of new investor Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation has established a so-called “poison pill” mechanism in an attempt to thwart a hostile takeover bid when it separates its entertainment and publishing businesses. The plan, which will be in place for a […]


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Rupert Murdoch’s pay to reach almost $30m after News Corp split

Media mogul’s pay could be 15% higher if he hits targets after spin-off of entertainment arm as 21st Century Fox Rupert Murdoch will receive almost $30m (£19.4m) for running the two companies that will emerge later this year from the separation of News Corporation’s publishing and entertainment businesses. For the year ending June 2014 he […]


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Leveson: leave politicians to decide on media plurality

Leveson report suggests only minor changes for future mergers such as Murdoch empire’s BSkyB takeover bid Lord Justice Leveson is highly cautious, even timorous, on what will be the key question for many of his readers, of how overweening power exercised by some media proprietors might be curbed. He says politicians should be the ones […]


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Penguin authors and agents ‘terrified’ at prospect of News Corp takeover

News Corp deal would leave Penguin’s reputation in tatters, says co-author of book on downfall of News of the World Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, described by Labour MP Tom Watson as a “toxic institution”, could find itself publishing his book on phone hacking as the publisher considers a bid for Penguin. The reported £1bn offer […]


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News Corp strengthens compliance teams

Senior new appointments in wake of phone-hacking crisis include hiring of former SEC executive and federal prosecutor News Corporation has hired a senior executive from the Securities and Exchange Commission and a former federal prosecutor to lead new compliance teams at its newspaper and book publishing, TV and film divisions. News Corp’s general counsel and […]


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James Murdoch ‘set for top Fox Networks job’

Rupert Murdoch’s second son is being lined up to run News Corp’s Fox TV businesses in the US, according to a report James Murdoch is reportedly being lined up to run News Corporation’s Fox TV business in the US despite being sharply criticised by British broadcasting regulator Ofcom on Thursday. The role being discussed would […]


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Sky ruled fit for broadcast licence, but James Murdoch comes in for criticism

Ofcom rules that BSkyB can retain its broadcasting licences, but criticises former chairman James Murdoch’s handling of the phone-hacking scandal BSkyB remains a fit and proper owner of broadcast licences, media regulator Ofcom has concluded. But the regulator is highly critical of the company’s former chairman, James Murdoch, over his handling of the phone-hacking scandal. […]


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Rupert Murdoch’s memo to News Corp staff – full text

Mogul’s message outlining review of compliance with bribery laws in several of its publishing arms, including News International Dear colleagues, As you are all aware, our company has been under intense scrutiny in the United Kingdom. I assured parliament and the Leveson inquiry that we would move quickly and aggressively to redress wrongdoing, co-operate with […]


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