Rupert Murdoch’s step back propels dynasty forward

June 11, 2015

The octogenarian mogul is starting to hand off the Fox media empire to his two sons. Ceding the CEO title to James and making Lachlan an executive chairman should rile non-Murdoch shareholders, who routinely snub the brothers. Chase Carey’s exit crowns the royal succession.

Dual-share inequity to figure in Time Warner fight

July 16, 2014

If Rupert Murdoch wants to own the HBO-to-Looney Tunes conglomerate he needs to be willing to convert Fox into a one- share, one-vote company. The combo would be too big for a takeover anyway. The irony is that Fox’s super-votes are what give Murdoch the chutzpah to attempt a deal.

Tribune politics play into Murdoch’s hands

July 10, 2013

The idea of the conservative Koch brothers buying newspapers in pro-Obama LA and Chicago may have made Tribune’s owners wary of a sale. The chosen spinoff, however, could foreshadow a deal with newly separated News Corp, putting the tainted Murdoch in a rare white-knight role.

Can Murdoch make Chipmunks out of Na’vi?

January 6, 2010

Avatar’s $1 billion in ticket sales may garner all the headlines for News Corp’s Fox, which released the sci-fi spectacle. But the studio’s other holiday film, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”, may be more valuable to shareholders in Rupert Murdoch’s media group over the long run.