Monday, April 15, 2024

Rupert Murdoch, 85 and Out of It, Will Take Over Running Fox News– Ailes Has No Successor


And so Rupert Murdoch is back.

At 85 years old and newly married (for the third time), Murdoch will take over running Fox News and Fox Business as Roger Ailes is pushed out.

Murdoch has been on vacation since he married Jerry Hall on March 4th. He Tweeted on that day that he would Tweet no more, and hasn’t.

Instead he’s been enjoying whatever satisfactions an 85 year old can.

Now he will oversee Bill Shine, Jay Wallace, and Mark Kranz, who will all compete for Ailes’s job and none will get it. Murdoch and his sons, who hated Ailes, will comb the world for a Big Name to take over.

This is in the summer before a presidential election.

The only upside might be that Jerry Hall would come to New York. Everyone likes her. But she probably spends the summer in an exotic locale, and not at 1211 Sixth Avenue.

Lachlan Murdoch gets his revenge for Ailes taking away running the TV stations. Megyn Kelly gets hers for Ailes’ perceived lack of support during the Trump fight last winter. Trump gets his revenge for Ailes slighting him at every turn. A number of female reporters and staff are probably thrilled.

An ignominious end, to be sure.

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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