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Murdoch wedding makes news

News corp. chair marries Star TV exec Deng

NEW YORK — News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch wed former Star TV exec Wendi Deng Friday night, just two weeks after completing his divorce from Anna Murdoch.

Murdoch, 68, married Deng, 32, in a closely guarded ceremony aboard Murdoch’s yacht, “Morning Glory,” in New York Harbor. News Corp. execs and family members of both Deng and Murdoch attended.

A statement issued by Murdoch’s spokesman Howard Rubenstein on Saturday noted that the wedding occurred “in view of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.”

Murdoch is Australian-born while Deng was born and raised in China, although she completed her education in the U.S. and received an MBA from Yale in 1997.

The marriage is Murdoch’s third. He and his wife of 32 years, Anna Murdoch, separated last summer and completed negotiations on a settlement for their divorce June 9.

The new couple are said to be looking for an apartment in New York City to serve as their main home base, although Murdoch travels regularly between Los Angeles, New York and London.

Murdoch met Deng last year while she was a VP at Star TV in Hong Kong, although News Corp. said in a statement about the wedding that she quit Star late last year.

Rubenstein declined comment on whether Deng would join News Corp. in an exec capacity.

People close to Murdoch said he enjoys being able to talk business with Deng in a way he did not with his former wife.