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James Murdoch invests in Viacom18

India’s Viacom18 operation is to get a major expansionist suite of investments from James Murdoch and Uday Shankar. Other cash is coming from Reliance and Paramount Global (the former ViacomCBS). The plan is to expand and launch Viacom18 as a TV and digital streaming platform. Viacom18 is home to the Colors TV channels and Voot […]

April 28, 2022By Chris Forrester

Murdoch “won’t pursue” BT Sport

Rupert Murdoch’s News UK has confirmed that it held talks with BT Sport over “limited, commercial partnership” opportunities – but added it will not be pursuing them any further. The company, which publishes The Sun and The Times newspapers, issued the statement following reports of tie-up talks between the two. It is the latest company […]

June 22, 2021

Murdoch scales back UK news TV

Rupert Murdoch has scaled backed plans for a new TV news service in the UK, concluding that it is not financially viable. Rebekah Brooks, chief executive News UK, told staff that the enormous cost of getting a television news channel on air meant it did not make business sense to push ahead. The company would […]

April 27, 2021

James Murdoch: “Fox News is toxic”

James Murdoch has told the FT that US news channels promote “toxic politics” threatening US democracy. He said proprietors are as culpable as politicians who “know the truth but choose instead to propagate lies”. While he doesn’t name his father Rupert, who founded Fox News, or Lachlan, the brother who runs it, there is zero […]

January 18, 2021

Murdoch reunites with Shankar for India

James Murdoch is reuniting with Uday Shankar, who helped build Star, for a new media venture in India. The project brings back together one of India’s most successful media partnerships with the aim of building a “large-scale” business in the areas of digital media, education and healthcare delivery. Murdoch told the Financial Times it would […]

January 14, 2021

GB News ‘fully funded’

The planned GB News TV channel and digital services, proposed as an alternate to the BBC News and Sky News, is now fully funded. Reports say the 24-hour channel, fronted by veteran BBC journalist Andrew Neil, has now received anchor commitments from Discovery International, hedge fund manager Sir Paul Marshall and Dubai-based investor Legatum Group. […]

January 6, 2021By Chris Forrester

FOX will find another of its faces

Fox News won the ratings war in the US election hands down. But its candidate lost, even if that is taking a while to sink in. Ironically, Fox’s statisticians were the first to call the poll for Biden, something that has brought them condemnation from the station’s headbanger Alt-Right poster boys who are wildly popular […]

November 11, 2020