Rupert Murdoch Tweets Farewell to Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher

Iron Belieber

On the day of the former British Prime Minister's funeral, the media mogul lauds her as a "great radical" who "achieved huge changes."


LONDON - News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, known as a longtime admirer of Margaret Thatcher, on Wednesday tweeted his farewell to the former British Prime Minister.

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"Farewell Iron Lady," he said on Twitter. "Great radical achieved huge changes, but still much to do."

Murdoch missed her London funeral Wednesday "due to a long-standing commitment," a spokesman said.

News Corp. is in the process of separating its entertainment businesses and publishing operations into two separate companies. The split, which has been a big focus for management, is expected to happen midyear. 

Murdoch in an editorial in News Corp.'s Times of London last week praised Thatcher as a major inspiration for his business life, including the launch of pay TV service BSkyB and a battle with newspaper unions.

Last year, he had told the Leveson Inquiry into U.K. press ethics and standards that he admired Thatcher.

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