Rupert Murdoch is Executive Chairman of News Corp, the largest news and information services provider in the English speaking world comprising leading newspapers in each of the US, Australia and the UK; integrated marketing services; digital real estate services; book publishing; digital education; as well as sports programming and pay-TV distribution in Australia.
Mr. Murdoch was previously Chairman and CEO of News Corporation prior to the company’s separation into two distinct, publicly traded companies in 2013. He also serves as Chairman and CEO of 21st Century Fox, the media and entertainment company created by the separation.
In 1954, Mr. Murdoch took control of News Limited, an Australian-based public corporation whose only key asset at the time was a majority interest in the number-two daily newspaper in Adelaide, South Australia. Since then Mr. Murdoch oversaw the expansion and development of News Corporation into the most international of media businesses.
In 1960, the Company acquired the Daily Mirror in Sydney and, in 1964, launched a national newspaper, The Australian. In 1969, the Company ventured into the United Kingdom and later purchased The Sun newspaper.
In the 1980s, News Corporation purchased The Times and Sunday Times and HarperCollins Publishers, one of the world’s largest and most digitally advanced English language book publishers. News Corporation’s publishing interests now include the leading newspapers in each of the US, Australia and the UK. In 2007, News Corporation acquired Dow Jones & Company, including The Wall Street Journal.
News Corporation purchased Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation in 1985 and the studio has since produced many award-winning films, including the two top-grossing films of all time: Titanic and Avatar. The following year, the Company created the Fox Television Stations group, which comprises 28 stations across the U.S. and was the foundation for the launch of FOX Broadcasting Company and FOX Sports.
FOX has been the leading television network in the U.S. for a record eight consecutive years. In October 1996, News Corporation launched the FOX News Channel — the undisputed leader in 24-hour news service. The Company has also successfully established some of the U.S. and the world’s most popular cable networks, including Fox Sports Network, FX and the National Geographic Channels.
21st Century Fox is the major shareholder in British Sky Broadcasting, the U.K.’s first satellite broadcasting operation, launched in 1989 and regarded as the world’s most successful direct-to-home satellite broadcaster. The Company also wholly-owns Italy’s leading pay-TV platform, SKY Italia; the leading Spanish-language sports programming service in Latin America, Fox Pan American Sports; and has a majority interest in Germany’s Sky Deutschland. And through its ownership of STAR, the first and only pan-Asian satellite broadcast service, acquired in 1993, 21st Century Fox provides a variety of locally oriented programming reaching more than 400 million viewers weekly in India, the Middle East and the U.S.
Through its acquisition of Consolidated Media Holdings in 2012, News Corporation expanded its footprint in Australia to include the country’s number one sports programming provider, FOX SPORTS Australia, as well as a larger equity interest in leading pay-TV service Foxtel. In Australia, News Corporation also owns a majority interest in digital real estate company REA Group.
In 2012, News Corporation launched its education division Amplify, which is dedicated to reimagining K-12 education by creating digital products and services that empower students, teachers and parents in new ways.
Mr. Murdoch has been awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia (A.C.) for services to the media and to newspaper publishing in particular. Throughout News Corporation’s history, he and his family have been closely involved with, and made generous contributions to various educational, cultural, and medical charitable organizations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and Israel.