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Murdoch to marry, again

Rupert Murdoch is engaged for the sixth time, this time to Elena Zhukova, a retired scientist. Murdoch’s office announced that the 92-year-old is set to marry the 67-year-old retired molecular biologist, reports NYT. Last April, news reports emerged of Murdoch dating Zhukova just four months after he ended his two-week-long engagement to Ann Lesley Smith, […]

March 8, 2024

Murdoch under oath again in voting machine case

Rupert Murdoch will be questioned under oath as part of voting technology company Smartmatic’s $2.7 billion (€2.4bn) defamation lawsuit against Fox Corp over coverage of false vote-rigging claims involving the 2020 US presidential election. Smartmatic is seeking damages from Fox Corp, Fox News and five individuals: Rudolph Giuliani and Sidney Powell, who were lawyers for […]

November 29, 2023

Fox profits dip

Fox Corporation has reported financial results for the three months ended September 30th. The company reported total quarterly revenues of $3.21 billion as compared to the $3.19 billion reported in the prior year quarter. Affiliate fee revenues increased 2 per cent, driven by 8 per cent growth at the Television segment. Advertising revenues decreased 2 per […]

November 2, 2023

Murdoch stepping down at Fox, News Corp

Rupert Murdoch, 92, has announced is stepping down as chairman of the board of both Fox Corp and News Corp. He will be appointed chairman emeritus of each company. Lachlan Murdoch, 52, one of his sons, will become sole chairman of News Corp and will continue as Fox Corp’s executive chair and CEO. “Our companies […]

September 21, 2023

Dominion sees end of KRM reign

You could be forgiven for assuming that Keith Rupert Murdoch answers to no one but himself. And there’s plenty in that – though his companies have been public for years, they have, in effect, been fiefdoms following the iron will of their leader. And that will has led his companies to participate in several groundbreaking, […]

September 21, 2023

Fox $50m loss on Dominion settlement

Fox Corporation has reported financial results for the three months ended March 31st 2023. The company posted total quarterly revenues of $4.08 billion (€3.7bn), an 18 per cent increase from the $3.46 billion reported in the prior year quarter. Advertising revenues increased 43 per cent, primarily reflecting the impact of Super Bowl LVII, a higher volume […]

May 9, 2023

Murdoch drops Crikey defamation case

Fox Chief Executive Lachlan Murdoch has ended a defamation lawsuit against an Australian online political site, just days after Fox settled the defamation case with Dominion Voting Systems in the US. Murdoch sued Private Media in August, alleging that he was libelled by an opinion piece in Crikey, an online news site that linked his […]

April 21, 2023

Murdoch ducks day in court

Few have more admiration for Rupert Murdoch than me. He has been dominating the ‘new media’ space all my working life, and that is true for virtually everyone reading this. What I admire particularly is that KRM has – unlike any number of other faceless corporates or ‘characterful’ entrepreneurs – regularly bet the farm on […]

April 19, 2023

Murdoch: No fifth wedding

Rupert Murdoch, 92, seems to have decided there will be no fifth trip down the aisle. Not yet anyway. Reports suggest Murdoch has split with Ann Lesley Smith, a 66-year-old four-time married former dental hygienist turned conservative radio host. Among much speculation in US press is that Murdoch wasn’t ‘comfortable’ with Smith’s evangelical Christianity. The […]

April 5, 2023

Fifth time lucky for Murdoch?

Rupert Murdoch, 92, is engaged to be married for the fifth time eight months after he divorced former model Jerry Hall. Murdoch, executive chair of News Corp, told the NY Post (owned by News) that his planned marriage to Ann Lesley Smith, the 66-year-old widow of a media executive, would “be my last”, adding: “It […]

March 22, 2023