The News Corp AGM in New York earlier this morning was a classic example of Rupert Murdoch, 88, ensuring the event was as low key as possible, partly by limiting debate.

After making a pitch through the "Australians in New York" Facebook page, I appointed a Melbourne-raised student called Jessica Craig as proxy to ask a few questions.

Around 20 News Corp retail shareholders attended the Paley Centre for Media on 25 West 52nd Street at 2am AEST this morning (10am New York Time) after notification of this 95-page proxy statement was sent to more than 50,000 shareholders in early October.