This time last week, 85-year-old Rupert Murdoch had just got through the first same-day AGM double-header of his long corporate career, with both 21st Century Fox and News Corp completing their annual governance and voting ritual with little fuss.

I last attended one of the Murdoch shareholder gatherings in Los Angeles back in 2014 and when visiting the bathroom in the Zanuck Theatre within the Fox Studios compound, overheard one Murdoch minion say to another: “We’ve done everything possible to turn this into a non-event.”