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Murdoch miscalculation points to Time Warner value

August 6, 2014

The media mogul abruptly yanked an $80 bln offer after failing to anticipate his quarry’s resolve and price demands of investors. Fox shares rallied while Time Warner’s retreated toward their pre-bid level. That leaves refusenik boss Jeff Bewkes with something more to prove.

Berlusconi’s loss will be Murdoch’s gain in TV

November 17, 2011

Silvio Berlusconi's media empire faces a painful adjustment to a new Italy. A stuttering domestic economy bodes ill for the advertising that's the lifeblood of his television company, Mediaset. And his main private competitor, Rupert Murdoch's Sky Italia, should benefit now that Italy's lawmaker-in-chief isn't a direct commercial rival.

Expect Mark Zuckerberg to morph into Murdoch

February 6, 2012

It could take decades or only a few years but the overwhelming control investors are ceding to the 27-year-old Facebook founder will eventually cease to be in their best interest. Or at least that’s the lesson from media empires like News Corp, Viacom or The New York Times.

Murdochs’ UK political friendships backfire on all

April 24, 2012

A public probe is exposing unhealthy contact between the British government and News Corp. That creates new uncertainty over the media group’s part ownership of pay-TV firm BSkyB. And the impression that ministers were compromised has the makings of a full-blown political crisis.