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2 MCC314 Global Media Industries Session 10 Lecture

3 Murdoch is a bizzare character ; known for tits and bums - notorious headlines on his papers Up Yours Delors, Headless body at Topless Bars, tabloid scoops on Prince Harry, Amy Winehouse, Kate Moss, page 4 girls Nevertheless has ear of presidents and prime ministers around the world Has a chair in Language & Communications School at Oxford University Prompts great admiration or hatred for what he has done for journalism

4 The most influential Australian of all time… -The Bulletin, 2006 How can the most influential Australian of all time be an American?!$% Mr. Murdochs record speaks for itself… - John Hewson Mr. Murdochs record speaks for itself… - John Hewson …the most original business figure Australia has produced… - Les Carlton, Melbourne Herald

5 Considered the most original business figure Australia ever produced Genius for creating NewsCorp at present form and ability to arise from financial difficulty


7 In OZ, 60% of all dailies; The Australian, The Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun, The Courier Mail, The Sunday Times In UK The Times, The Sun (largest English-language daily in the world), News of the World (largest Sunday paper in the world) In US The New York Post

8 Fox Network 33 TV stations in US Fox Broadcasting Company – produces The Simpson, The Practice Fox Cable Fox News Channel Fox Sports NatGeo Channel 20 th Century Fox – produced Moulin Rouge, Avatar Fox Video – distributes products to the Far East

9 Successfully purchased Dow Jones (publisher of Wall Street Journal) on 1 August 2007 Broadcasting

10 Direct Broadcasting Satellite BSkyB (Britain, Europe) Stream (Italy) Star TV (HK, China, India, and other Asian countries) 25% stake in Foxtel together with Telstra and Packers Publishing and Broadcasting Ltd.

11 HarperCollins 2 nd largest English-language book publisher TV Guide (US) Largest circulation of consumer TV magazine MySpace New York Knicks (40%) NY Rangers Madison Square Garden

12 In 2004, earned Aus$2.75B Also the end of NewsCorp in Adelaide 2006, NewsCorp listed on the NYSE Based almost entirely in NY Reason: Better access to capital and investors in the worlds financial markets; Demonstrating acute awareness of conglomeration and fundamental business of the media as a profit machine

13 1952 – Rupert took charge of News Ltd in Adelaide after death of father 1960 – extended to Sydney by buying The Daily Mirror 1964 – started the only national daily, The Australian

14 1969 – bought News of the World and The Sun (UK) Successful with huge cash flow from international stage 1970 – bought San Antonio Express, The Chicago Sun and New York Post

15 1970 – 1980 – Diversified entrepreneurship 50% of Ansett Airlines (now defunct) Purchased Channel 10 in Sydney and approached satellite TV operations in UK and US 1985 – bought 20 th Century Fox & 6 TV stations from Metromedia Made part of the Fox Network (major TV network in the US alongside ABC,CBS and NBC

16 1990 – invested on satellite TV in UK (BSkyB) colossal investments in unproven high-risk satellite-based new media ventures Barn, 2000) Invested on Star TV Japan HK Asia Australia Other parts of Asia

17 Rupert is a strange combination of opportunist and long-range visionary, and they dont really go together, I think... Hes always had the long-range vision of a global media company with worldwide reach that could make money and affect events. Within that very, very broad framework, when opportunities come up, he grabs them - Brills Content, 2001

18 Driven by his character and personality Often engaged in high-risk strategy, purchased newspapers no one touches Almost lost News Corp early 90s but managed to survive with satellite TV investments Key elements behind logic of acquisitions is high level of integration

19 INTEGRATION The ability to produce a mix of companies and businesses that integrate into a well-functioning whole Three types of integration: Vertical integration Horizontal integration Conglomerate integration

20 Owning companies at different stages of the production of given product + +

21 E.g, a company owns a chain of three companies of different roles: newspaper mill; newspaper distributor; news agency Profit at each level eventually allows parent company to reap revenue Each company also receives individual priority treatment/ operates with cost consideration to survive

22 Owning more than one producer at a given stage of the production process. Effective for advertisement Using fully the resources (printing presses) E.g, running morning and evening paper allows printing press to work throughout the day

23 Ownership of non-related companies Alan Bonds ownership of TV network (Nine TV) as well as brewing, mining, education, tourism AirAsia – tourism, telecommunications, sports Favorable to advertising of other companies with low rates Murdoch has always been focused on traditional broadcast media but has now forayed into Internet MySpace Alliance with Google

24 Favorable interest rates from his relations with banking executives Loans with 146 banks Judicious juggler of assets Manages to balance the levels of loans for buying new companies against selling off of old assets Cash Flow Actual money in hand with which to do things. Comes from advertising enabling NewsCorp to keep up with payments

25 Tried to purchase DirectTV (2000) owned by GM Loss with Echostar, main satellite TV of Direct TV competitor Persistent due to his foresight of the promise of global satellite TV (esp. in US) 2003 – succeeded in purchasing DirectTV after FCC regulated that Echostars purchase may result in satellite TV monopoly (more than 90% in US)

26 Merging of Stream and Telepiu pay TV Both companies were losing US$500M a year Affected by advertising downturn after 9/ – declared a quarterly loss of US$7.7B though not a direct cash loss Profited $1.6B compared to $671M in 2001due to cost efficiencies

27 2005 – purchased for US$580M Figured to be the most magnificent decisions by Murdoch With 100M personal profiles MySpace has the potential to fully integrate the bulk of NewsCorps products Advent of new interactive media, has potential to fully integrate horizontally, vertically and conglomerate to next generation global media consumers

28 Winning Dow Jones & Company – access to The Wall Street Journal and its historical archives USD 5.6 billion sale WSJ reach and strength: Newspaper – 2.1 million – 980,000 paid subscribers 16 Pulitzer prizes Goodwill and global reputation Recent Dealings

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