Rupert Murdoch

The new decade has started on a rotten note for the ageing Caribbean surf legend Rupert Murdoch (spotted last week cavorting in the shallows with wife Jerry Hall) and his faltering News Corp empire.

Murdoch's Australian newspapers have been slammed for their biased and troubled reporting of the bushfire crisis -- even his own son has joined the criticism -- leading this week to a $5 million donation to various appeals in a sort of guilt payment. This is on top of the collective $4 million from the family and its various branches.

While James and Kathryn Murdoch's comments are getting plenty of attention, there are more pressing business matters that remain undiscussed.