Saturday, April 20, 2024

Rupert Murdoch’s Sons to Take Over Fox, News Corp; Daughter Not Mentioned, NY Post Doesn’t Report Story


What a morning! CNBC got the scoop– Rupert Murdoch is stepping down as the head of 21st Century Fox and News Corp. In comes his two sons, James, and Lachlan, who will run the company. There’s no mention yet of daughter Elisabeth, who a lot of people thought would play a role — she’s had her own successful TV company. News Corp-owned Wall Street Journal is reporting the story but so far the New York Post is staying away from it. No word on what happens to Rebekah Brooks, who with James Murdoch was part of the phone hacking scandal in the UK. She’s in the U.S. now. Does she get to play a role? Murdoch, a voluble Twitter tweeter, hasn’t made a peep at all. Rupert is 84 and seems a little out of it at this point. We’ll be hearing more shortly about how this all went down. Prince Charles should take notes.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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