James Murdoch

James Murdoch to give RTS keynote

21st Century Fox boss James Murdoch will give the keynote address at the RTS Cambridge conference this September. The Fox CEO will headline the event with Sky, the pay TV operator the company is in the throes of taking over, the event’s main sponsor this year. Ofcom chief Sharon White will also speak. The UK communications […]

Murdoch: ‘Sky deal will boost Europe’s creative industry’

21st Century Fox’s consolidation of Sky will provide a major boost for creative industries in the UK as well as Germany and Italy, according to company CEO James Murdoch. Speaking at the Deloitte Enders Media & Telecoms 2017 & Beyond conference in London, Murdoch also said that the global migration of content distribution and consumption to IP platforms […]

Murdoch: D2C stream an ‘option’ for Fox in US

Direct-to-consumer streaming is an “option” for 21st Century Fox in the US market, and the company has the expertise to launch such an offering, according to CEO James Murdoch. Speaking to analysts after Fox announced its latest quarterly figures. Murdoch (pictured) said that Fox was focused primarily on developing its authenticated streaming service in partnership […]

Fox deal price ‘alarms’ Sky shareholders

Shareholders in Sky could revolt against the deal that will see the European satcaster come under full control of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox. According to various reports over the weekend, shareholders are concerned Sky management accepted the approach to sell Fox the 61% of the business it doesn’t own without consultation. Sky’s share price had […]

Fox not keen on D2C, but Hulu-type services ‘key’

Direct-to-consumer services may not be a necessary part of the distribution mix for 21st Century Fox, according to CEO James Murdoch. However, more control of the user experience via new OTT distribution platforms like Hulu, which Fox partly owns, and own-branded, but pay TV authenticated multiscreen apps will be “a dimension of competition that is […]

Fox News chief reportedly set for exit

Longstanding Fox News boss Roger Ailes will leave the news channel as soon as this week, according to US reports. New York Magazine, citing multiple unnamed sources, reported that Lachlan and James Murdoch and their father Rupert Murdoch all broadly agree Ailes must go in the wake of a US law firm’s report into alleged […]

Fox planning $250m of staff cuts

21st Century Fox plans to make US$250 million of cuts across its US TV and film operations. The US-based TV and film giant, which is helmed by James Murdoch (pictured), reports quarterly results next week and in a communication to staff quoted by US media press Fox TV Networks boss Peter Rice told staff that […]

James Murdoch returns to Sky chair role

James Murdoch is to return to Sky as chairman in a move that many believe could presage a renewed attempt by 21st Century Fox to consolidate the pay TV giant by acquiring the 60.4% of the organisation that it does not already own Current chairman Nicholas Ferguson will step down at the end of April […]

Strong financial result for Sky in Europe

European satcaster Sky has posted strong first half operating and financial results for Sky, with 337,000 new customers and 1.1 million new product sales in the second quarter of its fiscal year. This comes as 21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch takes the reins as chairman, and speculation grows over the future ownership of the […]

Fox takes control of Nat Geo JV

21st Century Fox has taken majority control of its National Geographic Channels joint venture. The Murdoch-controlled media group has paid joint venture partner The National Geographic Society US$725 million to take its percentage of the business up to 73%. Previously a 50-50 JV, NGS will now own the remaining 27%. The resulting venture will be […]