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July 26, 2011

News Corp’s second biggest shareholder, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has dismissed calls for a change to the company’s dual-class share structure, reported the Financial Times.

News Corp’s second biggest shareholder, Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, has dismissed calls for a change to the company’s dual-class share structure, reported the Financial Times.

“Investors went into News Corp knowing the class A and B share structure. No one can cry wolf now,” Alwaleed told the FT.

News Corp has a two-class share structure, whereby B-class shares have voting rights and A-class no voting rights. Currently, the Murdoch family control nearly 40% of the voting shares and around 12% of the non-voting shares.

May 4, 2011

When it comes to next generation business leaders, it doesn’t get much more heavyweight than John Elkann and James Murdoch.

When it comes to next generation business leaders, it doesn’t get much more heavyweight than John Elkann and James Murdoch.

Elkann, scion of one of Europe’s best known business dynasties, chairman of Fiat and chief executive of the Agnelli family investment company Exor, as well as Campden FB’s top family business leader, is one of the most watched business leaders anywhere.

March 30, 2011

The news that James Murdoch, the youngest son of Rupert Murdoch, is to move to New York and take up a new and more senior role within his father’s business has led to speculation that a successor has at last been decided at the media empire.

 The news that James Murdoch, the youngest son of Rupert Murdoch, is to move to New York and take up a new and more senior role within his father’s business has led to speculation that a successor has at last been decided at the media empire.
 
James has been appointed deputy chief operating officer at News Corporation and will report to the number two at the firm, Chase Carey. He will also become chairman and chief executive of News Corp's international businesses.
 

March 18, 2011

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is considering buying his daughter Elisabeth’s production company Shine, which some see as an attempt to bring her back into the family-controlled business – and even eventually replace Rupert at the helm.



Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is considering buying his daughter Elisabeth’s production company Shine, which some see as an attempt to bring her back into the family-controlled business – and even eventually replace Rupert at the helm.



March 16, 2011

Succession planning is one of the cornerstones to running a successful family business, and without it families risk losing all they have worked so hard to build. Chris Owen asks what families can learn about succession from King Lear to IKEA

“Tis our fast intent to shake all cares and business from our age; conferring them on younger strengths, while we unburthened crawl toward death.” So declaims King Lear as he embarks upon perhaps the most misjudged succession plan in all literature.

February 23, 2011

As expected, Elisabeth Murdoch will join the board of her father’s media empire, following an agreement by News Corporation to purchase Murdoch’s television production company, Shine Group.

As expected, Elisabeth Murdoch will join the board of her father’s media empire, following an agreement by News Corporation to purchase Murdoch’s television production company, Shine Group.

February 3, 2011

Media giant News Corporation announced on 2 February that its revenues for the second quarter increased to $642 million from $254 million for the same period a year before, as it simultaneously launched its news publication created exclusively for the iPad.

Media giant News Corporation announced on 2 February that its revenues for the second quarter increased to $642 million from $254 million for the same period a year before, as it simultaneously launched its news publication created exclusively for the iPad.   

January 17, 2011

Rupert Murdoch, owner of media empire News Corp, is in discussions to acquire the production company owned by his daughter, which some see as an attempt to bring her back into the family-controlled business.

Rupert Murdoch, owner of media empire News Corp, is in discussions to acquire the production company owned by his daughter, which some see as an attempt to bring her back into the family-controlled business.

Reports in the financial press say that the Shine Group, founded by Elisabeth Murdoch, had hired JP Morgan Chase to advise on strategy, including being acquired. Murdoch owns 53% of the company's shares, with Sony holding 20% and British Sky Broadcasting holding 13% stake.

August 5, 2010

News Corp reported a sharp improvement in performance on the back of buoyant pay-TV revenues.

News Corp reported a sharp improvement in performance on the back of buoyant pay-TV revenues.
 
The global media group controlled by the Murdoch family reported a fiscal fourth quarter net profit of $875 million, compared with a loss of $203 million in the same period a year ago.
 
News Corp's pay-TV businesses now account for more than a half of the company's operating income, with profits from the segment tripling in the last five years.
 

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