Jan 20, 2014

Murdoch family civil war, but don’t write off Rupert yet

The relationship revelations from within the Murdoch family have been particularly juicy over the summer, but those writing off Rupert are doing so prematurely.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

The Australian Financial Review‘s Neil Chenoweth and New York-based media writer Michael Wolff are the two best-informed observers of all things Murdoch. The two collaborated last week as Chenoweth produced a fascinating feature on what he calls the Murdoch family “reality show” across two pages of the Weekend Fin.

The latest Rupert divorce is at the heart of the battle, but to understand the history here is a useful internet guide to the key revelations as they unfolded …

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10 thoughts on “Murdoch family civil war, but don’t write off Rupert yet

  1. klewso

    When it involves Rupert’s family? Wouldn’t that be a “surreality show”?

  2. klewso

    Looking forward to this being covered in more death in Limited News?

  3. klewso

    …. sorry, that should be “… more depth in Limited News”, shouldn’t it…?

  4. klewso

    “Poor Tony Blair”????
    When you choose to sup with the devil, take a long spoon before your dancing pumps?

  5. JohnB

    Keep this coming – it far surpasses my experience of one wife, three kids and (now) no dog.

  6. Thomas McLoughlin

    Will it end like this, as per Bladerunner script?: [with Rupert in the role of aging mogul Tyrell]

    “Sebastian and Roy gain entrance into Tyrell’s secure penthouse, where Roy demands more life from his maker. Tyrell tells him that it is impossible. Roy confesses his guilt that he has done “questionable things” which Tyrell dismisses, praising Roy’s advanced design and his accomplishments. Roy responds with “nothing the god of biomechanics wouldn’t let you into heaven for” and kisses Tyrell, then kills him. Sebastian runs for the elevator followed by Roy, who then rides the elevator down alone.”

  7. SusieQ

    Its just a long running soap opera isn’t it?? This article could be a plotline for any soap opera – who needs the Bold and the Beautiful??

  8. AR

    Klewy – I preferred your (Matthew)Freudian…?!) typo,”more death in Limted News”.
    Why would anyone in possession of functioning neurons and even a strong stomach, have anything to do with bLIAR, aka by his apposite anagram “I’m tory Plan B”, acknowledged by MrsT as her greatest achievement.

  9. Electric Lardyland

    Is it really a civil war when there’s no shots being fired or bombs being thrown? Come on Newscorp, lift your game.
    Actually, now that I think of it, maybe the family could employ their underlings to fight it out for them. I mean, maybe the print division could emerge out of Holt St, dressed in medieval attire with genuine weaponry, and march on the division of the empire based at Fox studios. And of course, if they just happened to meet at the SCG, they’d probably be a dollar or two to be made by selling admission.

  10. JohnB

    As the saying goes, “we ain’t seen nothing yet”.

    After Rupert finally goes the way of all mortals the real fun will begin and it will involve much more than just the family.

    Sadly, I might miss the show. If Rupert hangs on till he is 100, as I am sure he seeks to do, I will either be close to 80 or will have predeceased him… as will many of his current detractors.

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