Three more interesting names have popped up as new additions to the list of Rupert Murdoch’s overseas Australian executives, demonstrating that it remains quite a strong cultural feature of the world’s most global media conglomerate.

Robert Thomson started as a cadet on The Herald in Melbourne before News Corp took over the Herald & Weekly Times in 1987 and quickly found himself climbing the ranks of The Financial Times before Rupert picked him up in 2003 to edit The Times and take it tabloid.

Then there’s David Lyle, the Channel Nine programming heavy who trained up Eddie McGuire for Millionaire as one of his last gigs before heading to London to work for Pearson Television. Last year he was recruited by News Corp to run its new Fox reality television division out of Los Angeles.

The other major name to emerge was Jeremy Philips, the former boy wonder who helped conceive, float and build PBL’s online division ecorp before it was taken back into the empire in 2002. While former ecorp CEO Daniel Petre is now being a family man and trying to build a culture of corporate philanthropy in Australia, Philips went to Harvard on a one-year program at the Kennedy School, and now is News Corp’s Head of Strategy in in New York (which is a rather dubious title — we always though Rupert was News Corp’s one and only Head of Strategy).

We’ve packaged up the expanded list of Rupert’s Aussie executive expats on the site here and please send any additions or corrections to [email protected]

Peter Fray

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