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CNN+, N.Y. Times Team On ‘The Murdochs’ Doc Series

CNN+ will debut the documentary series The Murdochs: Empire of Influence, about the global empire spearheaded by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch, in spring 2022. The CNN original series, produced with The New York Times and Left/Right, will premiere exclusively on CNN’s streaming subscription service as it gets set to launch this spring. The docs are […]

“The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show” Turns 25: When ‘The Simpsons’ Mocked Studio Meddling and Addressed the Dawn of Toxic Fandom While Making Animated History

Worst. Oral History. Ever. On Feb. 9, 1997, an episode of The Simpsons premiered that would mock industry executives’ meddling in the creative process and call out obnoxious fan fickleness, all the while making history as it ushered the show past The Flintstones for the most episodes of a primetime animated series, at 167. It would […]

Fox Corp. Ad Revenue Tops $1.1B Led by Live Sports, Tubi

Fox Corp. reported strong quarterly earnings Wednesday, as the TV business continued to rebound from a year earlier, when the pandemic was wrecking havoc on the advertising and TV business. The earnings, for fiscal Q1 of 2022 (the quarter that ended Sept. 30), saw the company have revenues of $3.05 billion (up 12 percent year-over-year), […]

Is News Corp’s Move to Cap the Murdochs’ Voting Power More Than Optics?

On Sept. 22, News Corp, led by executive chairman Rupert Murdoch and his son, co-chair Lachlan Murdoch, made a change to its corporate governance that it had been in place since the newspaper and publishing giant was formed when it was spun off from Fox in 2013. The board of directors capped the voting stake […]

News Corp Terminates “Poison Pill” Takeover Defense, Caps Murdoch Family’s Voting Power

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp said Wednesday that its board of directors has authorized a $1 billion stock buyback program, terminated a shareholder rights plan, also known as a “poison pill,” which is a defense against hostile takeovers, and struck a deal with the Murdoch family to cap any increase in its voting power. The moves […]

Murdochs Take Pandemic Pay Cut to $31M and $27M

Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch and his father, chairman Rupert Murdoch, each saw their compensation packages fall in 2021 due to pandemic-spurred pay cuts. Rupert still took home a compensation package valued at $31.1 million, with Lachlan Murdoch seeing a package valued at $27.7 million. Those are down from $34 million and $29.1 million the […]

Rupert Murdoch and Piers Morgan Join Forces for New U.K. Network War

A British news channel showdown may be on after all, with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp revealing plans to launch a network called talkTV in 2022 and signing up Piers Morgan as its first outside big-name talking head. The announcement on Thursday came days after the much-discussed GB News, which launched in June with the backing of […]

Piers Morgan Signs Global Deal With Fox News and News Corp

Piers Morgan is back in business with Rupert Murdoch. The former CNN and Good Morning Britain host has signed a global deal with both Fox News Media and News Corp, which will see him host a daily TV program that will air in the U.S., U.K. and Australia, publish columns in Murdoch’s newspapers and release […]

Fox Corp. Ad Revenue Rises to $982M Amid “Recovering” Market

Fox. Corp. reported its quarterly financials on Wednesday, which were buoyed by advertising strength at its Fox News and local TV stations. The company, led by CEO and executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and chairman Rupert Murdoch, reported quarterly advertising revenue rising to $982 million, against a year-earlier $712 million. Fox Corp. pointed to “a recovering […]

News Corp, Google Agree to Landmark Deal to Pay for News

The commercial deal will see premium content from the global news publisher led by Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch land on the Google News Showcase.

How Fox News Will Fight a $2.7 Billion Suit About the 2020 Election

The Rupert Murdoch-owned news network files a motion to dismiss Smartmatic's blockbuster libel action. Now and down the road, the defendant will attempt to pin ultimate responsibility for wild tales of election fraud on Donald Trump and his lawyers.

U.K. Phone-Hacking Scandal Being Dramatized for TV

'Thank You & Goodbye,' from the director of 'Salisbury Poisoning', writer of 'Des' and the producer of 'Icarus,' will tell the inside story of the scandal that led to the closure of 'The News of the World' in 2011 and rocked the Murdoch empire.