Dec 12, 2012

Creation of a Murdoch man: Robert Thomson’s rise and rise

Rupert Murdoch last week announced Australian Robert Thomson would be CEO of News Corporation's new publishing division. Crikey spoke to those who've witnessed his career up close.

Matthew Knott

Former Crikey media reporter

When he was an 18-year-old cadet fetching pies for journalists nursing Saturday hangovers, none of Robert Thomson’s colleagues at the Melbourne Herald could have imagined he’d end up running the world’s biggest and most influential newspaper company. But there was no doubt the kid — named the head of News Corporation’s publishing arm last week — was going places.

“Robert was very quiet, very unassuming but exactly what you’d want in a cadet: deferential, smart and keen to please,” Bruce Guthrie, the paper’s Saturday chief-of-staff at the time, recalled to Crikey. “I wouldn’t say he was a big personality.”

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2 thoughts on “Creation of a Murdoch man: Robert Thomson’s rise and rise

  1. Will Arnott

    “his thrusting upward pragmatism” says Beecher! Breathtaking.

  2. cairns50

    matt who cares about who is who is the zoo re murdochs evil empire, if this genius is working for him then as far as im concerned he is tainted by his association with him

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