Lachlan, Rupert and James Murdoch
Lachlan, Rupert and James Murdoch

Nobody cared about 21st Century Fox’s September quarter financial results at 8:30 am Sydney time today -- all the analysts wanted to talk about was merger, deal, sale and will it happen? In what turned out to be a miserly 30 minute telephone briefing, they got zilch as the Murdoch sons pulled up the drawbridge of communication.

Fox reported solid third-quarter results, with revenue climbing 8% to US$7 billion, ahead of Wall Street estimates, and adjusted net was 49 cents a share, down from 51 cents in the year-ago period with net profit for the quarter of US$920 million, up from US$888 million.