News Corporation
Corporate Headquarters
10000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Ph: 310-369-7540


K. Rupert Murdoch
Chairman and Chief Executive
News Corporation
Peter Barnes

Geoffrey C. Bible
Wagga Enterprises

Chase Carey
President and Chief Executive Officer
The DIRECTV Group, Inc.

Peter Chernin
President and Chief Operating Officer
News Corporation

Kenneth E. Cowley
Independent Newspapers Limited

David F. DeVoe
Chief Financial Officer
News Corporation

Viet Dinh
Professor of Law
Georgetown University

Rod Eddington
Chief Executive
British Airways

Andrew S.B. Knight
Rothschild Investment Trust C.P.

Lachlan Murdoch
Deputy Chief Operating Officer
News Corporation

Thomas J. Perkins
Kleiner, Perkins, Caulfield & Byers

Stanley S. Shuman
Managing Director 
Allen & Company Inc.

Arthur M. Siskind
Group General Counsel
News Corporation

John L. Thornton
Professor of Global Leadership
Tsinghua University of Beijing



Corporate History

Molded under the watchful eye of Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. continues to evolve and serve as a model for the modern vertically integrated media conglomerate. Aided by the acquisition of 20th Century film studio, News Corp. went from primarily a newspaper company in Australia and England to an influential force in American media. The Fox Network broke ground in the late 1980s as the first successful broadcast network to break through against the powerful Big 3. Recently, viewership for its Fox News Network surpassed the once formidable CNN. This proved to be another sign that American viewers favor News Corp.'s irreverent style.


1915 - William Fox leads successful fight against Thomas Edison's Motion Pictures Patents Company. The Patents Company is dissolved in the face of anti-trust legislation.


1931 (March 11) - Rupert Keith Murdoch is born in Australia. Father, Keith Murdoch, is an established newspaper man in the country

1935 - Century Pictures and Fox Film merge to form 20th Century-Fox


1952 - Murdoch inherits Adelaide News, an Australian mid-size daily, and the Adelaide Sunday Mail


1960 - - Murdoch's Australian newspaper holdings increase with the acquisition of Cumberland Newspapers, and Mirror Newspapers, Ltd., publishers of Sydney's Daily and Sunday Mirror

1964 - Murdoch launches The Australian as the first national newspaper

1969 - Murdoch takes over News of the World and launches London Sun


1972 - Murdoch purchases Sydney Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph

1973 - Murdoch purchases his first newspaper in the U.S. - San Antonio Express and News

1974 - Enters the supermarket tabloid business by launching The National Star

1977 - Murdoch buys New York Post for $30 million from liberal socialite Dorothy Schiff. He continues his New York buying spree by purchasing New York magazine, Village Voice and New West from Clay Felker

1979 - Diversifies by acquiring Ansett Transport Industries which owns Melbourne TV station, Channel 10. Australia modifies media ownership laws to allow the deal. Critics call the move "The Murdoch Amendments"


1980 - News Corp. forms

1981 - Takes over Times and Sunday Times in London

1982 - Buys the Boston Herald-American and changes the name to Boston Herald. News Corp. also buys Australian book publisher Angus & Robertson

1983 - Sky, the first satellite TV channel launches. News Corp. buys Chicago Sun Times for $90 million

1984 - Murdoch and News Corp. make take over bid of Warner Brothers but are thwarted

1985 - Murdoch becomes United States citizen in order to purchase more American media outlets. Sells Village Voice. News Corp. buys TCF Holdings Inc., parent company of Twentieth Century Fox Film. In a related deal, News Corp. purchases seven television stations from Metromedia for $1.55 billion (WNEW-TV, New York; KTTV-TV, Los Angeles; WFLD-TV, Chicago; WTTG-TV, Washington, DC; KNBN-TV, Dallas; KRIV-TV, Houston, WFXT-TV in Boston. These stations reach 22% of all television households in the United States. These two deals help to form backbone of a new broadcast television network

1986 - Fox Broadcasting Company is established. News Corp. moves its UK newspaper printing operations to new plant in Wapping. A protracted labor strike ensues. Murdoch sells Chicago Sun-Times

1987 - Takes control Melbourne Herald and Weekly Times, Australia's largest media group. News Corp. becomes world's largest newspaper publisher. News Corp. also purchases the South China Morning Post, UK newspaper Today and United States book publisher Harper and Row. Murdoch now controlled approximately sixty percent of Australian newspapers and thirty-five percent of UK newspapers

1988 - Purchases Triangle Publications (main holding TV Guide) from Walter Annenberg for $3 billion. Sells off New York Post

1989 - Harper Collins is formed after newly acquired William Collins Publishing is merged with Harper and Row. The Simpsons becomes Fox Network's first hit program. Satellite television provider Sky TV is launched.


1990 - - BSkyB is formed after Sky merges with British Satellite Broadcasting. Accumulation of large debts leads News Corp. down the road to bankruptcy. Citibank, the company's prime lender, takes active role in saving News Corp.

1991 - News Corp. undergoes massive sell off to help lower corporate debt. The properties sold off include: New York, Seventeen, Soap Opera Digest, Soap Opera Weekly, Premiere, and Daily Racing Form

1992 - Buys broadcasting rights for the Premier League, an Australian rugby league, for $300 million

1993 - Gains controlling interest in Asian satellite television service, Star TV. Acquires the right to broadcast NFL games. The move shakes up American sports television as it leaves the NBC network without football coverage. Obtaining the NFL broadcasting rights costs over $1 billion but seen as a necessary investment to help promote fledging Fox Network. News Corp. reacquires New York Post

1996 - HarperCollins sells its education unit to Pearson

1997 - Acquires Los Angeles Dodgers and Dodgers stadium from the O'Malley family for $311 million

1998 - Orders HarperCollins to squash the memoirs of Chris Patten, Hong Kong's last governor and vocal critic of the Communist China government

1999 - Acquires William Morrow and Avon Books in a deal with Hearst

2000 - Present

2001 - Sells stake in Fox Family Network to Disney. Duopolies established in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., and Houston

2002 - Duopolies established in Chicago and Orlando

2003 - Puts LA Dodgers up for sale. Spends $6.6 billion for stake in Hughes Electronic, the parent company of DirecTV

2004 - Los Angeles Dodgers sold to real estate developer Frank McCourt for $430 million


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