Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch (Keith Rupert Murdoch), 1931–, Australian-American publishing magnate. Combining sensationalist journalism (often reflective of his generally hawkish, strongly conservative political views) with aggressive promotion, Murdoch established a worldwide communications empire, the News Corporation, that, among other assets, includes powerful holdings in Australia and New Zealand; the prestigious Times of London and other widely read British papers; and, in the United States, HarperCollins book publishers, the New York Post,TV Guide, and the Wall Street Journal. He also acquired 20th Century Fox film studios and home video and built the Fox Television network, as well as television stations in Australia. His other communications ventures include direct-broadcast satellite television and cable networks, and he has purchased broadcast rights to major sports events in Britain, the United States, Australia, and India. He became a U.S. citizen in 1985. In 2011 his British papers were hit by a scandal concerning the use of phone hacking and police bribery in news gathering, which led to the closure of one paper, prominent arrests (including that of a former aide to Prime Minister Cameron) and resignations (including that of his son James in 2012), and British and U.S. investigations. A British parliamentary investigation into the scandal criticized (2012) Murdoch personally and called him unfit to head a major international company. In 2013 most of the television and film businesses were separated from the News Corporation, becoming 21st Century Fox.

See biography by N. Chenoweth (2002); M. Wolff, The Man Who Owns the News (2008).

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Selected full-text books and articles on this topic

Rupert Murdoch
Zinsmeister, Karl.
The American Enterprise, Vol. 8, No. 5, September-October 1997
An Appraisal of Murdoch and the U.S. Daily Press
Pasadeos, Yorgo; Renfro, Paula.
Newspaper Research Journal, Vol. 18, No. 1-2, Spring 1997
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The Murdoch Mission: The Digital Transformation of a Media Empire
Wendy Goldman Rohm.
Wiley, 2002
Citizen Murdoch-A Case Study in the Paradox of Economic Efficiency
Freedman, Craig.
Journal of Economic Issues, Vol. 30, No. 1, March 1996
His Biggest Takeover: How Murdoch Bought Washington
Silverstein, Ken.
The Nation, Vol. 266, No. 21, June 8, 1998
Did Rupert Murdoch Get It Wrong? Will the Guardian Outlast All the Other Broadsheet Newspapers?
Platell, Amanda.
New Statesman (1996), Vol. 130, No. 4568, December 17, 2001
The Murdochs: A Family Saga
Neil, Andrew.
New Statesman (1996), Vol. 130, No. 4549, August 6, 2001
Murdoch Puts Australia to the Test
Murdoch, Rubert.
Business Asia, Vol. 7, No. 22, November 22, 1999
Don't Let Murdoch Have His Way. (Leader)
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New Statesman (1996), Vol. 132, No. 4636, May 5, 2003
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