Rupert Murdoch


‘New Fox’ names exec team with Lachlan taking the helm

Twenty-first Century Fox (21CF) has named Lachlan Murdoch (pictured) as the executive chairman and chief executive officer for the proposed ‘New Fox’, which will be established as Disney purchases Fox assets in the coming year. The new structure will also see Rupert Murdoch serving as co-chairman and John Nallen, 21CF’s chief financial officer, taking a […]

Fox still confident of Sky approval

21st Century Fox remains confident that it will secure regulatory approval for its acquisition of Sky by the middle ofthis year, despite the Competition And Markets Authority’s provisional ruling in January that the deal was “not in the public interest”. The UK competition watchdog provisionally blocked the takeover on the grounds that the acquisition of 100% […]

Fox’s Sky takeover blocked once again

21st Century Fox’s second attempt to buy up UK satcaster Sky has been provisionally blocked by the local regulator. Having failed to get a deal over the line in 2011 after revelations around the News International phone hacking scandal, the new approach has been rebuffed on media plurality grounds. The news may have implications for […]

Murdoch calls on Facebook to pay ‘carriage fees’ for news

News Corp executive chairman Rupert Murdoch has called for Facebook to pay publishers for news content in the same way that TV operators pay broadcasters to air their channels. In a statement, Murdoch said that reputable news outlets are “not being adequately rewarded”, despite “obviously enhancing the value and integrity of Facebook” through their content. […]

A look back at 30 years of TBI history: Rupert Murdoch (1990)

TBI turns 30 this year, and to celebrate we will be publishing a series of archive articles chronicling the evolving television and entertainment landscape since 1988. Our first retrospective is a profile of a younger Rupert Murdoch back in 1990. At this point, the buccaneering executive was still attempting to establish Sky TV as the […]

Analysis: the Mouse catches the Fox – how Disney-Fox might look

While AT&T’s US$85 billion acquisition of Time Warner is the biggest media deal in purely numerical terms (if it gets done), The Walt Disney Company picking off rival 21st Century Fox marks a seminal moment in TV and film history. The deal, which the companies believe will close in twelve to 18 months, knocks off […]

Disney secures $66bn 21st Century Fox entertainment takeover

The Walt Disney Company has secured a US$66 billion deal that hands it most of 21st Century Fox’s TV and film assets, marking a seismic moment in recent entertainment history. The deal effectively brings to an end Rupert Murdoch’s long career in entertainment media empire building, though he retains control of News Corp, which is […]

Disney may make James Murdoch CEO

The Walt Disney Company is giving serious thought to appointing James Murdoch as its next CEO, providing the Mouse House closes a deal for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment arm. According to a report in the Financial Times, current Fox CEO Murdoch (pictured) and his father, Rupert Murdoch, could take “senior roles” at Disney if its […]

Peter Rice upped to 21st Century Fox president

Peter Rice has been promoted to president of global media giant 21st Century Fox. He was previously chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group (FNG), and has worked with the Murdoch media empire since 1989 when he joined as intern. Rice (pictured) will keep his FNG roles, which already see him working closely with Fox […]

Foxtel merging with Fox Sports in Australia

Australia’s leading pay TV platform, Foxtel, is merging with its News Corp cousin Fox Sports Australia to create a new regional powerhouse. The move will see Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp becoming 65% majority shareholder of the new business, with Australia telecommunications business retaining the other 35%. A plan to float of the Australia stock exchange […]

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