Articles about "Rupert Murdoch"

Murdoch: Fox News has ‘absolutely saved’ Republican Party

In a rollicking interview with Fortune's Patricia Sellers, Rupert Murdoch says an all-digital New York Post "might be quite likely in 10 years,” claims Mike Bloomberg told him "nobody reads" Bloomberg View and says of Twitter: "My family are horrified that I’m on it."

There's also this exchange with Sellers:
Does it bother you at all, Rupert, that there is a view that Fox News has contributed in a big way to the political discontent in the U.S., degraded the political process, and maybe, in spotlighting the Tea Party, even hurt the Republican Party? I think it has absolutely saved it. It has certainly given voice and hope to people who didn’t like all that liberal championing thrown at them on CNN. By the way, we don’t promote the Tea Party. That’s bullshit. We recognize their existence.
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Play about Rupert Murdoch: A great story that may turn out to be untrue

Sean O'Shea opens David Williamson's play "Rupert" with a riff on Rupert Murdoch's Twitter account. "#howgoodami" O'Shea announces, after pretending to tweet about audience attendance at Washington, D.C.'s Kennedy Center Thursday night. It's the kind of moment that could seem like a desperate lurch toward hipness, but it's really a signal that the play means to provide you with the same unmediated Murdoch that we usually get only 140 characters at a time.

Guy Edmonds plays "Young Rupert" from an indifferent student with a bust of Lenin on his windowsill to a world-straddling media baron to a man white-knuckling his grip on an empire amid scandals, dueling heirs and expensive divorces.

Sean O'Shea as Rupert (Jeff Busby/courtesy Kennedy Center)
The story, of course, unfolds at the direction of O'Shea's Rupert, who constantly manipulates the action. He pauses other players with a remote control, hams it up in the background as Edmonds dances around or tramples over ethical lines, offers asides to the audience that Frank Underwood would admire. "Good patriotic Americans wept with relief!" he proclaims, half-seriously, about the launch of Fox News.

There's always another tale skulking about outside Rupert's careful frame, however. He might see himself as a guy who prospered due to grit, will and luck, always finding an escape hatch into a treasure room, but other characters offer a counter-narrative, sometimes just by standing nearby and yelling at him, like Guardian readers who won some sort of contest. Neither Rupert pays much mind to the critics, who clearly had some support in the audience -- applause broke out on my right and left when one character criticized Republicans. (more...)

Diana leaked royal phone directory, journalist testifies in phone hacking trial

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A British journalist on trial in connection with the long-running phone hacking scandal claimed Thursday that Princess Diana gave him a royal phone directory, the Agence France-Presse and Associated Press reported. (more...)

Rupert Murdoch play touches down in D.C.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts | The Monthly | The Washington Post David Williamson's play "Rupert" is at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., through Saturday night. The play looks at the life of Rupert Murdoch in an "unconventional, revue-style imagining" of the media mogul's life, the play's description says. Murdoch "tap dances (sometimes literally!) his way through his first newspaper acquisitions, discoes toward his American breakthrough, shares a fiery flamenco with Margaret Thatcher, and charms some of the most colorful characters of the 20th century."
Sean O'Shea plays an older Rupert Murdoch in "Rupert" (Jeff Busby/courtesy Kennedy Center)
The play comes to the U.S. via Australia. Williamson "managed to be simultaneously respectful and iconoclastic," Rhys Muldoon wrote in a review for Australia's The Monthly, choosing "to meet not on the battleground but the playground. He’s chosen to tickle rather than to punch." Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks said the show felt like "being assailed by endless detail from an annotated résumé." Another critic I know attended and really liked it, so I have made arrangements to see a performance of "Rupert" tonight and will report back tomorrow.

Forbes: Newhouses’ fortune increases

Advance Publications owners Donald and Samuel "Si" Newhouse added to their fortunes last year, Forbes reports in its annual list of America's richest people. Forbes estimates Donald Newhouse's net worth as $8.2 billion. It was $6.6 billion in the previous year's list.

Si Newhouse placed a little higher, with a net worth of $8.9 billion. It placed him at $7.4 billion last year. Donald is the nation's 52nd richest person, Forbes says (he was 51 last year) and Si is No. 46, the same spot he had the year before.

Other media types on the list: (more...)

Rupert Murdoch is on Bloomberg Businessweek’s cover

"Two years later, Murdoch has dodged much more than the pie," Felix Gillette writes of the News Corp honcho.

Vanity Fair excerpts Zev Chafets’s biography of Roger Ailes:

For months, Roger Ailes and I had been meeting regularly at Fox News headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, at his home in Putnam County, and at public and private gatherings. In that time I got a closer look at Roger Ailes than any journalist who doesn’t work for him ever has. He is plainspoken, wryly profane, caustic, and above all competitive …

[News Corp. CEO Rupert] Murdoch often drops by Ailes’s office to joke and gossip about politics. “Roger and I have a close personal friendship,” he told me. Ailes agrees—up to a point.


Zev Chafets, Vanity Fair book excerpt


Buffett, Newhouses, Murdoch on Forbes list of billionaires

Si Newhouse's net worth is $8.1 billion and his brother Donald is worth $7.3 billion, Forbes estimates in its new list of world billionaires. Both mens' wallets have thickened, at least by Forbes' count, since September, when it said they were worth $7.4 billion and $6.6 billion, respectively. The Newhouses owns Advance Publications, which recently laid off more than a thousand journalists and reduced print publication schedules to three days a week at several of its newspapers.

Other media fat cats, according to the list: Brad Kelley, the cigarette billionaire who Rafat Ali reported Monday is buying Lonely Planet from the BBC, is No. 792.

Publishing revenue up, phone-hacking costs down at News Corp.

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Revenue from News Corp.'s publishing businesses rose in the second quarter of its 2013 fiscal year, the company said in an earnings release Wednesday.
Publishing reported quarterly segment operating income of $234 million, a $16 million improvement from the $218 million reported in the same period a year ago. Increased contributions from the U.K. newspapers which benefitted from the launch of the Sunday edition of The Sun in February 2012, integrated marketing services driven by higher custom publishing revenues, and book publishing businesses related to the acquisition of Thomas Nelson, Inc., a Christian book publisher, more than offset lower advertising revenues at the Australian newspapers.
Revenue from the company's cable-TV businesses was up 18 percent, the company said. The company spent $56 million on phone-hacking investigations, compared with $87 million during the same period the year before. (more...)

Woodward scoop: Murdoch and Fox News chief Ailes tried to get Petraeus to run for president

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Bob Woodward reports that Fox News chairman Roger Ailes had a Fox analyst visiting Afghanistan deliver a message to Gen. David Petraeus in 2011 -- that the general should demand to be appointed chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, or else resign and run for president.

From Woodward's scoop:

The Fox News chairman’s message was delivered to Petraeus by Kathleen T. McFarland, a Fox News national security analyst and former national security and Pentagon aide in three Republican administrations. She did so at the end of a 90-minute, unfiltered conversation with Petraeus that touched on the general’s future, his relationship with the media and his political aspirations — or lack thereof. The Washington Post has obtained a digital recording from the meeting, which took place in Petraeus’s office in Kabul.