Rupert Murdoch is an Australian American business magnate, who became managing director of Australia’s News Limited, inherited from his father Sir Keith Arthur Murdoch in 1952. According to Wikipedia, he is the founder, chairman and CEO of global media holding company News Corporation, the world’s second-largest media conglomerate, and its successors News Corp and 21st Century Fox after the conglomerate split in June,2013.
Does Murdoch have a large amount of influence over the media?
21st Century Fox is known for possessing the media companies with the name Fox. That includes movie studio 20th Century Fox, Fox News, Fox (TV) Broadcasting, local Fox stations, and Fox radio. It owns other channels such as National Geographic. It also owns The Wall Street Journal and several other newspapers.
In 2014, Murdoch even made an offer to buy Time Warner, which owns CNN, the second largest cable news group in the U.S. (Fox News is the largest).
Does Murdoch have certain political views, or is he neutral?
Wikipedia states that News Corp papers were accused of taking sides in the 2013 Australian election. Following the announcement of the Liberal Party victory at the polls, Murdoch tweeted “Aust. election public sick of public sector workers and phony welfare scroungers sucking life out of economy…”
British newspaper The Independent wrote that Murdoch berated journalists at his papers for not doing enough to “stop the (left-of-center) Labour Party from winning the election” in Britain. He “warned them that the future of the company depended on stopping Labour from getting elected,” writes The Independent. After Mr. Murdoch paid a visit to his company’s The Sun newspaper, they devoted a two-page spread to the election – with the left-hand page containing a 10-point “pledge” to voters written by David Cameron.
What if Murdoch decided that a war in the Middle East (against Iran or Syria, for example) would be good for him or that he could profit from it? Do you think his news channels and print media would remain neutral, or would they push a pro-war agenda?
Murdoch’s News Corp owns several newspapers other countries as well. In England, he owns The Sun.
In fact, he seems to own everything under The Sun. Russell Brand talks about it in his “Trews” video.