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-[[Image:0720murd1.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Rupert Murdoch, Managing Director of The News Corporation Limited.]]+[[Category:Company]]
-Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation is truly a global media empire. The company, which is one of the world's largest media conglomerates, publishes scores of newspapers (including The Times of London) and books (through units such as HarperCollins). The company's Fox Entertainment Group subsidiary has significant entertainment holdings, including FOX Broadcasting (TV network with 200 US affiliates) in the US, Twentieth Century Fox, and a 34% stake in DIRECTV parent The DIRECTV Group. It also owns 35 US TV stations and cable and satellite operations in Asia, Australia, Europe, and Latin America. Almost 70% of News Corp.'s sales come from its US businesses. Murdoch's family controls about 30% of the company.+{{The News Corporation Limited}}
 +__FORCETOC__
-==Corporate Facts ==+[[Image:0720murd1.jpg|thumb|right|250px|Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation]]
-===Corporate History===+
-[[Image:Newmurdo.jpg|thumb|left|250px|Dr. Pierre Meyrat, Rupert Murdoch and Marcus Bicknell, at The British Academy of Film and Television Arts on June 6, 1988, announcing [[Sky Ventures]]' acquisition of four satellite transponders.]]+
-reprinted from [http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/analysis/CompanyProfile.aspx?HOID=8028#Profile The Center for Public Integrity]:+
- +
-In 1985, media mogul [[Rupert Murdoch]] became a United States citizen. In 2004, he revealed plans to bring his multi-billion-dollar media conglomerate with him. It only made sense, given that the company’s U.S.-based business accounted for more than three-quarters of News Corp.’s roughly $20 billion revenue in 2003..+
- +
-The controversial Australian billionaire started small, inheriting his father’s modest newspaper holdings in 1952. Murdoch showed a knack for the business, and began making a substantial profit. In the 1960s, he expanded his newspaper holdings to England with great success.+
- +
-In 1973, he entered the U.S. market with the buyout of the San Antonio Express-News, now owned by [[Hearst Newspapers]]. He continued buying newspapers, but it was 1985 when he made his boldest move. That year, he bought Metromedia’s seven independent television stations from [[John Kluge]]. That, combined with the purchase of [[Twentieth Century Fox Holdings]], made it possible for Murdoch to create the first new television network since the mid-1950s.+
- +
-Murdoch’s decision to become a U.S. citizen was not necessarily related to any love of America—the [[Federal Communications Commission]] requires owners of television stations to be citizens. Even with the change in citizenship, the deal was still controversial.+
- +
-Early in 2004, Murdoch announced he would move the headquarters of News Corp. as well as the company’s stock listing to New York City. Analysts predict the move and reincorporation will produce numerous financial windfalls, including the improvement of trading liquidity and enhanced capital access. It will also help solidify the Murdoch family’s control over the massive conglomerate.+
- +
-The move comes on the heels of News Corp.’s 2003 acquisition of a controlling interest in satellite television broadcaster [[DirectTV]]. With the purchase, which Murdoch described at the company’s annual meeting as “the missing link in a global satellite platform,” Murdoch is able to deliver his product unimpeded to DirecTV’s 12 million subscribers.+
- +
-Today, News Corp.—roughly 30 percent controlled by Murdoch family members—owns a number of newspapers, including the [[Times of London]] and the [[New York Post]]. It also owns [[British Sky Broadcasting]], a satellite television network, and [[HarperCollins]] book publishers.+
- +
-The aggressive, conservative Australian magnate’s most notable achievement of late has been the popularity of the [[Fox News Channel]], the 24-hour news network. The news channel is consistently beating rival CNN in the ratings, but has also been blasted for its parade of right-wing commentators and accused of blatant bias in its reporting.+
- +
-Regardless of politics, New Corp.’s broadcast empire includes 35 television stations and 200 affiliates for the Fox Network. And with the $6.6 billion purchase of DirecTV, those stations now have an independent means of continuing to broadcast the message.+
- +
-John Dunbar, Robert Morlino<br>+
-''August 20, 2004''+
- +
-''Sources:'' News Corp. Web site and 2002 Annual Report, ketupa.net Media Profiles, Hoover’s Online, The Hollywood Reporter, Contra Costa Times.+
- +
-===Shareholders===+
-As of August 2005 the Murdoch family owns about 29% of the company. Nearly all of these shares are voting shares, and Rupert Murdoch retains effective control of the company. Nonetheless [[John Malone]] of [[Liberty Media]] has built up a larger stake of 32%, but only around half of these shares are voting shares. <br>[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml;jsessionid=CEHWDQYDNRBDZQFIQMGSM5OAVCBQWJVC?xml=/money/2005/08/26/cnmurd26.xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/portal/ Source].+
- +
-===Corporate governance===+
-Current members of the [[board of directors]] of News Corporation are: [[Peter Barnes (businessman)|Peter Barnes]], [[Chase Carey]], [[Peter Chernin]], [[Kenneth Cowley]], [[David DeVoe]], [[Viet Dinh]], [[Rod Eddington]], [[Andrew Knight]], [[Lachlan Murdoch]], [[Rupert Murdoch]] (chairman), [[Thomas Perkins]], [[Stanley Shuman]], [[Arthur Siskind]], [[Jose Maria Aznar]], and [[John Thornton]]+
==Criticism== ==Criticism==
-===Unethical Business Practices===+===Political Influence===
-* [[US: Trial Against News Corp. Is Allowed to Go Forward]]: "A Delaware judge has ruled that a trial against the News Corporation can proceed in a lawsuit filed by 13 institutional pension funds that accused the company of reneging on an agreement to let shareholders vote on a takeover defense."+* Following an advertising campaign directed towards Nielsen Media Research (cited further under Business Ethics), News Corp turned towards Capitol Hill to block a new rating system from lowering the value of advertising on News Corp owned television stations. News Corp funneled at least $144,650 in donations through their PAC's and lobbyists to sponsors and co-sponsors of a bill that would impose stronger government oversight over Nielsen and their rating system. Source: [http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/06/25/business/25murdoch.php?page=3 An empire builder, Murdoch still playing tough, June 2007]
-* [[US: Big Bonuses Still Flow, Even if Bosses Miss Goals]]: "Some employment agreements actually stipulate that they will provide bonuses even if company performance declines. The agreement struck in 2004 by Peter Chernin, president and chief operating officer of the News Corporation, entitles him to a bonus even if earnings per share fall at the company. If earnings rise by 15 percent in any given year, Mr. Chernin's bonus is $12.5 million. But if they fall 6.25 percent, Mr. Chernin's bonus is $4.5 million, and an earnings decline of 14 percent translates to a $3.52 million bonus."+===Business Ethics===
 +* In August, 2008, a computer hacker testified to being hired by a News Corp unit to develop pirating software. Lawyers for DISH satellite network have alleged that the goal was to penetrate their system and obtain security information to create smart cards for the purpose of bringing in unauthorized premium channels. Source: [http://www.halflifesource.com/topstory/news_corp_hires_hacker_for_dish_episonage/article2418.html Computer hacker testified on Wednesday that News Corp hired him to develop pirating software]
-* [[US: Executives Take Company Planes as if Their Own]]: "Taking the corporate jet is variously described as a necessity for time-pressed executives and politicians, a luxury for the elite, a security precaution, or an addiction, depending on who is talking."+* In 2007, Judith Regan, former publisher for ReganBooks, filed a defamation lawsuit against News Corp for unlawfully firing her under fabricated pretenses. Regan claims that she was asked by a senior executive at News Corp to lie under oath regarding information she knew about ex-New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik. Her testimony had the potential of bringing harm to Rudolph Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign. She was later dismissed from ReganBooks under accusations of making anti-Semitic comments over a telephone conversation. Regan denied the accusations. Several months later the case was settled by News Corp who made an official statement that they were incorrect in their charges and that Regan was not anti-Semitic. Source: [http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story/ex-publisher-judith-regan-sues-news/story.aspx?guid={20E99F8C-D6A2-42C6-9989-427873B0CB99} Ex-publisher Regan sues News Corp., November 2007]
-==== Journalistic Integrity Questioned ====+* In August of 2006, Fox News Network agreed to a settlement of $225,000 from a 2005 sexual harassment suite involving Vice President Joe Chillemi. Among the charges were his use of sexually derogatory language towards women as well a verbal statements of a preference towards hiring men. Source: [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/07/31/AR2006073101122.html Fox News Agrees to Settlement of Sex Discrimination Suit]
-* [[IRAN: Iran Target of Apparent Disinformation Campaign]]: "A story authored by a prominent U.S. neo-conservative regarding new legislation in Iran allegedly requiring Jews and other religious minorities to wear distinctive colour badges circulated around the world this weekend before it was exposed as false. The article by a frequent contributor to the Wall Street Journal, Iranian-American Amir Taheri, was initially published in Friday's edition of Canada's National Post, which ran alongside the story a 1935 photograph of a Jewish businessman in Berlin with a yellow, six-pointed star sewn on his overcoat, as required by Nazi legislation at the time. The Post subsequently issued a retraction."+
-* A study by [http://www.pipa.org The Program on International Policy Attitudes] (PIPA) at the University of Maryland and Knowledge Networks revealed that American's frequency of misperceptions about the Iraq War varied significantly according to an individuals’ primary source of news. Those who primarily watch Fox News were significantly more likely to have misperceptions, while those who primarily listen to NPR or watch PBS were significantly less likely; the more likely viewers were to watch FOX News, the less likely they were to know the facts. [http://www.pipa.org/OnlineReports/Iraq/Media_10_02_03_Report.pdf]+* In early 2004, a change in the way Nielsen Media Research calculated television ratings and subsequent advertising value would have caused a sharp drop in many shows that were carried by stations owned by News Corp -- particularly with minority audiences. Murdoch reacted by using the New York Post to wage a powerful advertising campaign against Nielsen. With headlines like, "Nailing Nielsen", he charged that their new algorithm was flawed and miscounted minority groups. He was able to draw such an outcry from the public that Susan Whiting, Nielsen's President/CEO, hired bodyguards and increased security at their corporate headquarters. Source: [http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/06/25/business/25murdoch.php?page=3 An empire builder, Murdoch still playing tough, June 2007]
-==== Criticism Related to Myspace.com ====+==Praise==
-These articles have been seperated into our [[Myspace.com]] page.+===Human Rights===
 +* In 2005, Rupert Murdoch (net worth in 2008 valued at $8.3 billion) donated $500,000 to the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI). The CGI describes itself as a non-partisan organization dedicated to solving challenges that are pressing to the international community. Sources: [http://www.clintonglobalinitiative.org/ Clinton Global Initiative], [http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/23/world/23aid.html Clinton Effort Reaps Pledges of $7.3 Billion in Global Aid, September 2006]
- +==Brands & Subsidiaries==
- +
- +
-[[Image:OUTFOXED.jpg|thumb|Robert Greenwald's documentary "Outfoxed" remains the definitive summary of criticism against FOX, Rupert Murdoch, and News Corp.]]+
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-* In June, 2004 Progressive PAC [http://www.moveon.org MoveOn.Org] released the movie "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" and began collecting signatures on a petition to the [[Federal Trade Commission]] to revoke Fox's "Fair and Balanced" slogan on the grounds of false advertising. [http://corpwatch.org/article.php?id=11455] For critics, "Outfoxed" remains the definitive summary of criticism against FOX, Murdoch, and News Corp.+
- +
-* '''11/8/01''': [[Fox: Civilian Casualties Not News]]: "The host of Fox News Channel's "Special Report with Brit Hume" (11/5/01) recently wondered why journalists should bother covering civilian deaths at all. 'The question I have,' said Hume, 'is civilian casualties are historically, by definition, a part of war, really. Should they be as big news as they've been?'"+
- +
-* '''8/01''': [[The Most Biased Name In News: Fox News Channel's Extraordinary Right Wing Tilt]]: "Since its 1996 launch, Fox has become a central hub of the conservative movement's well-oiled media machine. Together with the GOP organization and its satellite think tanks and advocacy groups, this network of fiercely partisan outlets--such as the Washington Times, the Wall Street Journal editorial page and conservative talk-radio shows like Rush Limbaugh's--forms a highly effective right-wing echo chamber where GOP-friendly news stories can be promoted, repeated and amplified. Fox knows how to play this game better than anyone."+
- +
-* '''8/01''': [[Fox's Slanted Sources: Conservatives, Republicans Far Outnumber Others]]: "To test Fox's guest list, FAIR studied 19 weeks of Special Report with Brit Hume (1/1/01-5/11/01), which Fox calls its signature political news show looking specifically at the show's daily one-on-one newsmaker interviews conducted by the show's anchor. The interview segment is a central part of the newscast; Hume often uses his high-profile guests' comments as subject matter for the show's wrap-up panel discussion."+
- +
-* '''8/01''': [[Bill O'Reilly's Sheer O'Reillyness: Don't Call Him Conservative, But He Is]] : "Fox News Channel's star performer is undoubtedly Bill O'Reilly. Host of the nightly talk-show The O'Reilly Factor and author of the best-selling book of the same name, O'Reilly epitomizes Fox's in-your-face style."+
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-* '''6/98''': [["We Paid $3 Billion For These Stations. We'll Decide What the News Is"]]: "Steve Wilson and Jane Akre, a husband-and-wife investigative reporting team at WTVT, Fox's Tampa Bay affiliate, thought they had a dynamite story: Despite promises to consumers, supermarkets in Florida were selling milk produced with rBGH, a synthetic growth hormone developed by [[Monsanto]] that boosts milk production. The use of rBGH causes udder infections in cows, requiring increased use of antibiotics, but the monitoring of antibiotic residues in milk was inadequate, Akre and Wilson found..."+
- +
-===Political Influence and Litigation===+
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-[[Image:Kerry.jpg|thumb|right|150px|Senator John Kerry was the largest individual recipient of News Corp. money in 2004, receiving $90,000 in campaign contributions.]]+
- +
-{| border="1" cellpadding="4" align="left"+
-|-+
-| colspan="4" | <center>'''Top 10 recipients of contributions sourced to this organization'''</center>+
-|-+
-| colspan="3" | '''Recipient'''+
-| | '''Amount'''+
-|-+
-| colspan="3" | National Democratic Party Committees+
-| align="right" | $2,080,000+
-|-+
-| colspan="3" | National Republican Party Committees+
-| align="right" | $178,000+
-|-+
-| colspan="3" |+
-[http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/analysis/InfluenceTracker.aspx?MODE=CONTRECD&RECIPID=1311 Sen John F Kerry (D-MA)]+
-| align="right" | $90,000+
-|-+
-| colspan="3" |+
-[http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/analysis/InfluenceTracker.aspx?MODE=CONTRECD&RECIPID=749 Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY)]+
-| class="ChartCellOn" align="right" | $56,000+
-|-+
-| colspan="3" |+
-[http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/analysis/InfluenceTracker.aspx?MODE=CONTRECD&RECIPID=1864 Sen Charles E Schumer (D-NY)]+
-| align="right" | $41,000+
-|-+
-| colspan="3" |+
-[http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/analysis/InfluenceTracker.aspx?MODE=CONTRECD&RECIPID=592 Sen Barbara Boxer (D-CA)]+
-| class="ChartCellOn" align="right" | $36,000+
-|-+
-| colspan="3" |+
-[http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/analysis/InfluenceTracker.aspx?MODE=CONTRECD&RECIPID=1471 Sen John S McCain (R-AZ)]+
-| align="right" | $30,000+
-|-+
-| colspan="3" |+
-[http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/analysis/InfluenceTracker.aspx?MODE=CONTRECD&RECIPID=1033 Sen William H Frist (R-TN)]+
-| class="ChartCellOn" align="right" | $28,000+
-|-+
-| colspan="3" |+
-[http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/analysis/InfluenceTracker.aspx?MODE=CONTRECD&RECIPID=648 President George W Bush (R)]+
-| align="right" | $27,000+
-|-+
-| class="ChartCellOn" colspan="3" |[http://www.publicintegrity.org/telecom/analysis/InfluenceTracker.aspx?MODE=CONTRECD&RECIPID=1445 Rep Edward John Markey (D-MA)]+
-| align="right"| $22,000+
-|-+
-| colspan="4" |<CENTER>Source: Federal Election Commission contribution records<br>from January 1998 to September 2004</CENTER>+
-|}+
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-[[Image:Newscorpparty.JPG|left|Party Contributions]]+
-[[Image:Newscorplobbying.JPG| U.S. Senate Office of Public Records lobbying disclosure records from January 1998 to June 30th, 2004]]+
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-[[Image:Newscorplobbying2.JPG|Source: U.S. Senate Office of Public Records lobbying disclosure records from January 1998 to June 30th, 2004]]+
- +
-===Globalization===+
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-Although News Corporation earned 70 percent of its 1995 income in the United States, its plan for global expansion looks to continental Europe, Asia and Latin America, areas where growth is expected to be greatest for commercial media. Until around 2005, Murdoch expects the surest profits in the developed world, especially Europe and Japan. News Corporation is putting most of its eggs in the basket of television, specifically digital satellite television. It plans to draw on its+
-experience in establishing the most profitable satellite television system in the world, the booming British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) News Corporation can also use its U.S. Fox television network to provide programming for its nascent satellite ventures.+
- +
-News Corporation is spending billions of dollars to establish these systems around the world; although the risk is considerable, if only a few of them establish monopoly or duopoly positions the entire project should prove lucrative. +
- +
-====Articles====+
-* [[The Global Media Giants: We Are The World]]: "A specter now haunts the world: a global commercial media system dominated by a small number of superpowerful, mostly U.S.-based transnational media corporations. It is a system that works to advance the cause of the global market and promote commercial values, while denigrating journalism and culture not conducive to the immediate bottom line or long-run corporate interests. It is a disaster for anything but the most superficial notion of democracy--a democracy where, to paraphrase John Jay's maxim, those who own the world ought to govern it."+
- +
-==Holdings==+
===Books=== ===Books===
-*[[HarperCollins]] book publishing company+[http://www.harpercollins.com HarperCollins],
-*[[ReganBooks]]+[http://www.harpercollins.com/imprints/index.aspx?imprintid=518002 ReganBooks],
-*[[Zondervan]] Christian book publisher+[http://www.zondervan.com Zondervan]
===Newspapers=== ===Newspapers===
-* Australia+[http://www.cairns.com.au/ Cairns],
-**''[[The Australian]]'' (Nationwide)+[http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au Daily Telegraph],
-**''The Weekend Australian'' (Nationwide)+[http://www.dj.com/ Dow Jones],
-**''[[The Courier-Mail]]'' (Queensland)+[http://www.fijitimes.com/ Fiji Times],
-**''The Sunday Mail'' (Queensland)+[http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/ Geelong Advertiser],
-**''[[The Cairns Post]]'' (Cairns, Queensland)+[http://www.gcbulletin.com.au/ Gold Coast Bulletin],
-**''[[The Gold Coast Bulletin]]'' (Gold Coast, Queensland)+[http://www.heraldsun.com.au/ Herald Sun],
-**''The Townsville Bulletin'' (Townsville, Queensland)+[http://www.nypost.com/ New York Post],
-**''[[The Daily Telegraph (Australia)|The Daily Telegraph]]'' (New South Wales)+[http://www.newsint.co.uk/ News International],
-**''The Sunday Telegraph'' (New South Wales)+[http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/ News of the World],
-**''[[Herald Sun|The Herald Sun]]'' (Victoria)+[http://www.newsphotos.com.au/ Newsphotos],
-**''The Sunday Herald Sun'' (Victoria)+[http://www.newspix.com.au/ Newspix],
-**''The Weekly Times'' (Victoria)+[http://www.newstext.com.au/ Newstext],
-**''[[MX (newspaper)|MX]]'' (Melbourne and Sydney CBD)+[http://www.ntnews.com.au/ Northern Territory News],
-**''The Geelong Advertiser'' (Geelong, Victoria)+[http://www.ntnews.com.au/ NT News],
-**''[[The Advertiser (Australia)|The Advertiser]]'' (South Australia)+[http://www.mxnet.com.au/ mX],
-**''The Sunday Mail'' (South Australia)+[http://www.postcourier.com.pg/ Post-Courier],
-**''[[The Sunday Times]]'' (Western Australia)+[http://www.sundayheraldsun.com.au/ Sunday Herald Sun],
-**''[[The Mercury (Hobart)|The Mercury]]'' (Tasmania)+[http://www.sundaymail.com.au/ Sunday Mail],
-**''[[The Sunday Tasmanian]]'' (Tasmania)+[http://www.sundaytasmanian.com.au/ Sunday Tasmanian],
-**''[[Northern Territory News]]'' (Northern Territory)+[http://www.sundaytimes.com.au/ Sunday Times],
-**''The Sunday Territorian'' (Northern Territory)+[http://www.theadvertiser.news.com.au/ The Advertiser],
-*Fiji+[http://www.theaustralian.com.au/ The Australian]
-**''[[Fiji Times]]'' (National)+[http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/ The Courier-Mail],
-*Papua New Guinea+[http://www.themercury.com.au/ The Mercury],
-**''Papua New Guinea Post-Courier'' (National)+[http://www.the-sun.co.uk/ The Sun],
-* [[United Kingdom|UK]] newspapers, published by [[News International]] Ltd.+[http://www.thesundaymail.com.au/ The Sunday Mail],
-**News Group Newspapers Ltd.+[http://www.sundaytelegraph.com.au/ The Sunday Telegraph],
-***the [[tabloid]] ''[[The Sun (newspaper)|The Sun]]''+[http://www.sunday-times.co.uk/ The Sunday Times],
-***the [[tabloid]] ''[[News of the World]]''+[http://www.thetimes.co.uk/ The Times],
-**Times Newspapers Ltd.+[http://online.wsj.com/public/us The Wall Street Journal],
-***the [[broadsheet]] ''[[The Sunday Times]]''+[http://www.the-tls.co.uk/ Time Literary Supplement],
-***the 'ex-[[broadsheet]]' (Now in [[Compact (newspaper)|compact]] form) ''[[The Times]]''+[http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/ Townsville Bulletin],
-***the [[broadsheet]] ''The [[Times Educational Supplement]]''+[http://www.theweeklytimes.news.com.au/ Weekly Times]
-***the [[broadsheet]] ''[[The Times Literary Supplement]]''+
-* [[United States|US]] newspapers and magazines+
-**the ''[[New York Post]]''+
===Magazines=== ===Magazines===
-* ''[[InsideOut]]''+Big League,
-* ''[[SmartSource]]''+[http://www.insideout.com.au/ Inside Out],
-* ''[[TV Guide]]'', via partial ownership of [[Gemstar-TV Guide]]+[http://www.donnahay.com.au/ donna hay],
-* ''[[The Weekly Standard]]'' (Washington, D.C.)+[http://www.alphamagazine.com.au/ ALPHA],
-* ''[[Wired]]''+[http://www.newsamerica.com/ News America Marketing],
- +[http://www.smartsource.net/ Smart Source],
-===Music===+[http://www.weeklystandard.com/ The Weekly Standard]
-*[[Festival Mushroom Records]]+[http://www.tvguide.com/ TV Guide]
- +
-===Sports===+
-* 50% of [[National Rugby League]] (Australia and New Zealand)+
-* Majority ownership of the [[Brisbane Broncos]], [[Melbourne Storm]] and [[North Queensland Cowboys]] [[rugby league]] teams.+
-* 40% of [[Staples Center]]+
-* 9.8% of the [[Los Angeles Lakers]]+
- +
-===Studios===+
-* [[20th Century Fox]] film production company+
-* [[Fox Searchlight]]+
-* [[Fox Television Studios]]+
-* [[Fox Studios Australia]], [[Sydney, Australia|Sydney, New South Wales]]+
-* [[Fox Studios Baja]], [[Rosarito, Mexico|Rosarito, Baja California]]+
-* [[Blue Sky Studios]]+
-===TV===+===Filmed Entertainment===
-====Broadcast====+[http://www.foxmovies.com/ 20th Century Fox],
-*[[Fox Broadcasting Company]], a US-wide broadcast television network+[http://www.fox.es/ 20th Century Fox Espanol],
-*[[My Network TV]], a US broadcast television network (to be launched September [[2006]])+[http://www.foxhome.com/ 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment],
-*[[Fox Television Stations Group]]+[http://www.foxinternational.com/ 20th Century Fox International],
-*[[bTV]], a broadcast television network in [[Bulgaria]]+[http://www.fox.com/ 20th Century Fox Television],
-*[[Fox Televizija]], a broadcast television network in [[Serbia]] (expected to start broadcasting soon)+[http://www.foxsearchlight.com/ Fox Searchlight Pictures],
-*[[ANTV]], a private television station in [[Indonesia]], under the administration and label of STAR TV+[http://www.foxstudiosaustralia.com/ Fox Studios Australia],
 +[http://www.foxbaja.com/ Fox Studios Baja],
 +[http://www.foxstudios.com/los_angeles/ Fox Studios LA],
 +[http://www.fox.com/ Fox Television Entertainment],
 +[http://www.blueskystudios.com/ Blue Sky Studios]
-====Satellite television====+===Television===
-*[[British Sky Broadcasting|BSkyB]], United Kingdom (37.9% holding).+[http://www.fox.com/ Fox Broadcasting Company],
-*[[DirecTV Group]], North and South America (36.8% holding)+[http://www.foxsports.com.au/ Fox Sports Australia],
-**[[DirecTV]], the largest U.S. satellite TV provider+[http://www.newscorp.com/operations/tvstations.html Fox Television Stations],
-**[[DirectTV Latin America]]+[http://www.foxtel.com.au/ FOXTEL],
-**[[Sky Brasil]] (co-owned with [[Globopar]])+[http://www.mynetworktv.com/ My NetworkTV],
-**[[Sky Mexico]]+[http://www.startv.com/ STAR]
-*[[Foxtel]], Australia (25% holding)+
-*[[Sky Italia]], Italian satellite TV service+
-*[[STAR TV]], an Asian satellite TV service+
-*[[Tata Sky]], an Indian DTH TV service (20% holding)+
-====Cable====+===Cable===
-*[[Fox College Sports]], College Sports Network that consisits of 3 regionally aligned channels+[http://www.foxbusiness.com/ Fox Business Network],
-* [[Fox Movie Channel]], an all-movie channel that airs [[television commercial|commercial]]-free movies from [[20th Century Fox]] film library+[http://www.thefoxmoviechannel.com/ Fox Movie Channel],
-*[[FOX News|Fox News Channel]], a 24-hour news channel+[http://www.foxnews.com/ Fox News Channel],
-*[[Fox Reality]], a 'Reality TV'-themed channel+[http://www.foxcable.com/ Fox College Sports],
-*[[Fox Sports Net]], a chain of US regional cable television networks broadcasting local sporting events linked together by national sports news programming. Local channels include "Fox Sports Southwest", "Fox Sports Bay Area", etc. (some affiliates still owned by [[Cablevision]]).+[http://www.foxsports.com/ Fox Sports Enterprises],
-*[[Fox Soccer Channel]], a [[United States]] [[digital cable]] network specializing mainly in [[football (soccer)|soccer]].+[http://www.foxsportsesp.com/ Fox Sports en Espanol],
-*[[Fox Sports en Español]], a [[Spanish language|Spanish-language]] [[North American]] cable sports network; its sports lineup is tailored to appeal to a [[Latin America]]n audience.+[http://www.foxsports.com/ Fox Sports Net],
-*[[Fox Sports en Latinoamérica]], a [[Mexico]]-based [[Latin America]]n satellite and cable sports network.+[http://www.foxsoccer.com/ Fox Soccer Channel],
-*[[Foxtel]] (25%), Australia's largest satellite and cable pay TV provider, a joint venture with [[Telstra]] and [[Publishing and Broadcasting Limited]]+[http://www.foxreality.com/ Fox Reality],
-*[[FX Networks]], a cable network broadcasting reruns of programming previously shown on other channels, but recently creating its own programming, including the [[Emmy Award]]-winning program ''[[The Shield]]''.+[http://www.fuel.tv/ Fuel TV],
-*[[National Geographic Channel]] (joint venture with National Geographic Magazine) 67%+[http://www.fxnetworks.com/ FX],
-* National Geographic Channel International 50%+[http://www.nationalgeographic.com/channel/ National Geographic Channel United States],
-*[[SPEED Channel]]+[http://natgeochannel.co.uk/ National Geographic Channel Worldwide],
-*Fuel+[http://www.speedtv.com/ Speed],
 +[http://www.stats.com/ Stats, Inc.]
-===Internet===+===Satellite Television===
-*[[MySpace]] - Social networking website. (Aquired through purchase of [[Intermix Media]]).+[http://www.sky.com/home/ BSkyB],
-*[http://www.grab.com/ Grab.com] - Entertainment/Games. (Aquired through purchase of [[Intermix Media]])+[http://www.skytv.it/ Sky Italia]
-*[[IGN]] Entertainment - Internet entertainment portal (Includes the sites [[IGN]], [[GameSpy]], [[Rotten Tomatoes]] and [[Askmen.com]])+
-*[http://www.news.com.au/ News.com.au] - Australian-oriented news website+
-===Other assets===+===Other Assets===
-*[[News Datacom|(NDS)]] - Conditional access technology and personal digital video recorders (PVRs)+[http://www.broadsystem.com/ Broadsystem],
-*[[Broadsystem Ltd]] (UK) - Telephony provider for media companies, bought in 1991+[http://www.newscorp.com/management/fim.html Fox Interactive Media],
-*[[Broadsystem Australia]] (Australia)+[http://www.myspace.com/ MySpace],
-*[[Broadsystem Ventures]] (UK) - provider of cheap-rate telephone calls, particularly for customers of Sky Television. Bought outright in 1999.+[http://www.ign.com/ IGN Entertainment],
 +[http://www.rottentomatoes.com/ Rotten Tomatoes],
 +[http://www.askmen.com/ AskMen],
 +[http://msn.foxsports.com/ FoxSports.com],
 +[http://www.scout.com/ Scout],
 +[http://www.whatifsports.com/ WhatIfSports],
 +[http://www.ksolo.com/ kSolo],
 +[http://www.fox.com/ Fox.com],
 +[http://www.americanidol.com/ AmericanIdol.com],
 +[http://www.springwidgets.com/ Spring Widgets],
 +[http://www.milkround.com/ Milkround],
 +[http://www.nrl.com/ National Rugby League],
 +[http://www.nds.com/ NDS],
 +[http://www.newsdigitalmedia.com.au/ News Digital Media],
 +[http://www.news.com.au/ News.com.au],
 +[http://www.foxsports.com.au/ FoxSports.com.au],
 +[http://carsguide.news.com.au/ CARSGuide.com.au],
 +[http://www.careerone.com.au/ careerone.com.au],
 +[http://www.truelocal.com.au/ truelocal.com.au],
 +[http://www.newsoutdoor.com/ News Outdoor]
==Related Links/Organizations== ==Related Links/Organizations==
-* [http://www.newshounds.us/ News Hounds]+[http://www.newshounds.us/ News Hounds],
-* [http://www.MediaMatters.org/ Media Matters]+[http://www.MediaMatters.org/ Media Matters]

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The News Corporation Limited

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News Corporation (often shortened to News Corp), managed by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, is the largest media conglomerate in the world. With major holdings in newspapers, books, television, film, and online services, News Corporation has become a media empire to be reckoned with. Highly notable brands under the News Corp umbrella include Fox TV, 20th Century Fox, MySpace, Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post.

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Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation
Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation

[edit] Criticism

[edit] Political Influence

  • Following an advertising campaign directed towards Nielsen Media Research (cited further under Business Ethics), News Corp turned towards Capitol Hill to block a new rating system from lowering the value of advertising on News Corp owned television stations. News Corp funneled at least $144,650 in donations through their PAC's and lobbyists to sponsors and co-sponsors of a bill that would impose stronger government oversight over Nielsen and their rating system. Source: An empire builder, Murdoch still playing tough, June 2007

[edit] Business Ethics

  • In 2007, Judith Regan, former publisher for ReganBooks, filed a defamation lawsuit against News Corp for unlawfully firing her under fabricated pretenses. Regan claims that she was asked by a senior executive at News Corp to lie under oath regarding information she knew about ex-New York police commissioner Bernard Kerik. Her testimony had the potential of bringing harm to Rudolph Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign. She was later dismissed from ReganBooks under accusations of making anti-Semitic comments over a telephone conversation. Regan denied the accusations. Several months later the case was settled by News Corp who made an official statement that they were incorrect in their charges and that Regan was not anti-Semitic. Source: Ex-publisher Regan sues News Corp., November 2007
  • In August of 2006, Fox News Network agreed to a settlement of $225,000 from a 2005 sexual harassment suite involving Vice President Joe Chillemi. Among the charges were his use of sexually derogatory language towards women as well a verbal statements of a preference towards hiring men. Source: Fox News Agrees to Settlement of Sex Discrimination Suit
  • In early 2004, a change in the way Nielsen Media Research calculated television ratings and subsequent advertising value would have caused a sharp drop in many shows that were carried by stations owned by News Corp -- particularly with minority audiences. Murdoch reacted by using the New York Post to wage a powerful advertising campaign against Nielsen. With headlines like, "Nailing Nielsen", he charged that their new algorithm was flawed and miscounted minority groups. He was able to draw such an outcry from the public that Susan Whiting, Nielsen's President/CEO, hired bodyguards and increased security at their corporate headquarters. Source: An empire builder, Murdoch still playing tough, June 2007

[edit] Praise

[edit] Human Rights

[edit] Brands & Subsidiaries

[edit] Books

HarperCollins, ReganBooks, Zondervan

[edit] Newspapers

Cairns, Daily Telegraph, Dow Jones, Fiji Times, Geelong Advertiser, Gold Coast Bulletin, Herald Sun, New York Post, News International, News of the World, Newsphotos, Newspix, Newstext, Northern Territory News, NT News, mX, Post-Courier, Sunday Herald Sun, Sunday Mail, Sunday Tasmanian, Sunday Times, The Advertiser, The Australian The Courier-Mail, The Mercury, The Sun, The Sunday Mail, The Sunday Telegraph, The Sunday Times, The Times, The Wall Street Journal, Time Literary Supplement, Townsville Bulletin, Weekly Times

[edit] Magazines

Big League, Inside Out, donna hay, ALPHA, News America Marketing, Smart Source, The Weekly Standard TV Guide

[edit] Filmed Entertainment

20th Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Espanol, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox International, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Studios Australia, Fox Studios Baja, Fox Studios LA, Fox Television Entertainment, Blue Sky Studios

[edit] Television

Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports Australia, Fox Television Stations, FOXTEL, My NetworkTV, STAR

[edit] Cable

Fox Business Network, Fox Movie Channel, Fox News Channel, Fox College Sports, Fox Sports Enterprises, Fox Sports en Espanol, Fox Sports Net, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Reality, Fuel TV, FX, National Geographic Channel United States, National Geographic Channel Worldwide, Speed, Stats, Inc.

[edit] Satellite Television

BSkyB, Sky Italia

[edit] Other Assets

Broadsystem, Fox Interactive Media, MySpace, IGN Entertainment, Rotten Tomatoes, AskMen, FoxSports.com, Scout, WhatIfSports, kSolo, Fox.com, AmericanIdol.com, Spring Widgets, Milkround, National Rugby League, NDS, News Digital Media, News.com.au, FoxSports.com.au, CARSGuide.com.au, careerone.com.au, truelocal.com.au, News Outdoor

[edit] Related Links/Organizations

News Hounds, Media Matters

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