Saturday 29 April 2017

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Murdoch's US empire under thre at after sun sets on his 'World'

The media mogul is reaping his reward for creating the 'Dark Ages' of journalism, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

WHAT a week it's been for News International, for Rupert Murdoch's inner circle, for the British parliament, for the Metropolitan Police, for the newspaper industry and for those who think Murdoch a pernicious influence on British public life.

It was last Sunday when the 80-year-old Murdoch (chairman and CEO of the New York-based News Corporation, the second-largest global media conglomerate) -- engulfed in public outrage about the phone-hacking of the dead and the bereaved -- sacrificed the 167-year-old News of the World (NotW) and 200 journalists to save a) his bid to take control of BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster; and b) the careers of his protege, Rebekah Brooks (the chief executive of News International, one-time editor of the NotW and of the Sun) and his son James (chairman and chief executive of News Corp's international division).

"Thank you & goodbye", said the front page.

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