Rupert Murdoch
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United States
2021

Fox Corporation

Rupert
Murdoch

Chairman

Murdoch went on an acquisition binge in 2021 that saw News Corp. buying Oil Price Information Service for $1.15 billion, Houghton Mifflin’s Harcourt books and media segment for $349 million and Investor’s Business Daily (an upstart rival of its Wall Street Journal) for $275 million. His Fox holdings were bolstered by acquisitions of the sports website Outkick and gossip hub TMZ. In July 2021, it was announced that the company’s Fox News division — which has been accused of climate change denial­ism — would be launching the 24-hour, ad-supported streaming channel Fox Weather. A few weeks later, its Sky News Australia received a one-week ban from YouTube for allegedly spreading COVID-19 misinformation. Murdoch celebrated his 90th birthday in March 2021 still firmly in charge of his vast media portfolio.

Career

  • Sky Group
  • News Corporation
  • Fox Corporation

Education

  • Oxford University (UK)

Variety Honors

  • 2017 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2018 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2019 Variety500 Honoree
  • 2020 Variety500 Honoree

Philanthropy

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Fox News Channel Dedicates Studio to Rupert Murdoch

Fox News Channel Dedicates Studio to Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch launched Fox News Channel in 1996, and the anchors and hosts of some of its most popular programs will now have a permanent reminder.Fox News on Wednesday renamed its "Studio M" in honor of the elder Murdoch, who continues to work as chairman of parent company Fox Corp. The 3,675-square-foot space, previously known as "Studio F," hosts some of the cable-news network's most popular programs, including "Fox & Friends," "Outnumbered" and "The Five," as well as its Election...

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