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Rupert Murdoch

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Monday, June 20, 2011
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This year, Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal ratcheted up its battle with The New York Times with its new “Greater New York” section, and kicked off a quarterly conference on the future of Murdoch’s adopted city. The Australian-born newspaper publisher and media entrepreneur founded the News Corporation Ltd., which oversees an international market. His studies at Worcester College in Oxford and his brief time as editor at the London Daily Express, led Murdoch to gain practical experience in sensationalist journalism. After his father passed away, Murdoch returned home to Australia to take over his inheritance, The Sunday Mail and The News, quickly turning the latter into a paper busting with sex and scandal, which made circulation soar. Murdoch soon acquired his first British newspaper, The News of the World of London, using the same formula of sex and scandal to boost circulation. Murdoch then moved to the American newspaper business in 1973. Buying and selling a number of publications showcasing sensationalist journalism, Murdoch, whose net worth is now estimated at 6.9 billion, soared to the top of media business, including getting involved in music, television and film production. Always up for a fight, he led the charge to erect paywalls for online content and combat Google and other news aggregators, dubbed “parasites” by his WSJ deputy, Robert Thomson. As long as Murdoch’s movie division keeps churning out blockbusters like Avatar, he can keep the print fight going.
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