Murdoch children pull together

first_img“We’ve got journalism in the blood,” Murdoch said in a recent interview. “I’ve tried very hard to imbue my own children with the same thing. It carries special responsibilities.” His hope is that the Bancrofts will at least agree to hear him out, and possibly meet him and his grown children. Murdoch is in frequent contact with his children – just as he seems to be with each outpost of his business – and has discussed his ambitions for Dow Jones with them. Parlor game Current and former company executives have speculated that if the News Corp. is successful in acquiring Dow Jones, it could set the stage for either Lachlan, 35, or his brother James, 34 – or both – to return to the company in senior roles, a new wrinkle in the continuing parlor game. After Lachlan left, Murdoch said he hoped his son would return to the company one day. A person close to News Corp. said Rupert mentioned the possibility of bringing James back to headquarters when laying the groundwork for a Dow Jones bid last year. Two people close to James, however, said he was committed to running the British pay-television service BSkyB and had no immediate plans to move to the United States. Neil Chenoweth, a journalist with The Australian Financial Review who wrote a biography of Murdoch in 2002, said, “The children have always been very close to each other and to their father.” There’s no question that for Murdoch’s children, particularly the three from his second marriage – Elisabeth, Lachlan and James – media is all in the family. Elisabeth and Lachlan both worked for their father but left the company after clashing with other executives and yearning to strike out on their own. Elisabeth, 38, who is known as Liz, owns a burgeoning television production business in London and is credited with urging her father to buy the U.S. rights to the show that became “American Idol” – which is broadcast on the News Corp.’s Fox network and is the most popular program on television. Lachlan, who grew up at the company’s Australian newspaper arm, is on its board and has begun investing in his own media ventures. And James, chief executive of BSkyB, is considered the most likely Murdoch to succeed their father atop News Corp., a $26 billion conglomerate. Others in the family also play roles. Prudence, 48, Murdoch’s oldest daughter from his first marriage, is married to a senior executive in the company’s Australian newspaper business. And Murdoch’s wife, Wendi, who was born in China, has taken an interest in its ventures there and helped negotiate the introduction of the company’s MySpace Web business with Chinese partners. Elisabeth Murdoch seconded her father’s characterization of how family members were brought up, saying that as children they would read the newspapers around the kitchen table and discuss issues and ideas with him. “It’s about what media can do in terms of empowering individuals and being aspirational and democratizing – that’s what’s always motivated my dad,” she said, adding that criticism that he has taken serious papers like The Times of London down-market after buying them are untrue. “I think it’s nonsense about this dumbing down. He has respected media assets across the board and imbued life into them.” Bound by a trust So far, beyond an initial statement on May 1 that family members controlling 52 percent of Dow Jones voting stock opposed Murdoch’s offer, the Bancrofts have been quietly mulling their intentions. Murdoch made his offer in the belief that some of the three dozen family members who own a stake in the controlling block can be persuaded to come over to his side – particularly since the family has not played a hands-on role in running the company for decades, and professional managers have struggled to translate its world-class journalism into a world-class business. What the News Corp. might look like once Murdoch is no longer at the helm is unknown, but Murdoch’s four older children are bound by a trust to keep the company together for decades, according to people familiar with its terms. “It’s easy for the kids to be united right now,” Chenoweth said, “but give it 10 to 20 years as their interests diverge and the reality of shared power becomes more restricting.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Last August, a management conference for senior executives of the News Corp. in Pebble Beach featured a range of attention-getting speakers, like Prime Minister Tony Blair, former President Bill Clinton and the rocker-humanitarian Bono. Less noticed was the presence of all six children of Rupert Murdoch, the News Corp.’s billionaire chairman and chief executive. A year earlier, Lachlan Murdoch, the oldest son, left his executive role at his father’s company and moved back to Australia. Around the same time, a dispute over its future control surfaced as Rupert Murdoch tried to have his two young children with his third wife, Wendi Deng, added as equal partners to the Harris Trust, the entity through which the family controls around 30 percent of the company’s shares. The reunion of the far-flung Murdoch clan that weekend was an unspoken sign that a rift in the usually tight-knit family was on the mend. In addition to dining privately one night as a family, Murdoch’s four grown children, all of whom have children of their own, mingled at a tea party for Grace, 5, and Chloe, 3. “We have come through some tough tests,” Rupert’s second daughter, Elisabeth Murdoch, said in an interview last week. “Not only have we come through it intact, we have actually solidified our position as a family – both on a professional level and a private level.” Family under scrutiny The family’s cohesion has been under new scrutiny in the three weeks since the senior Murdoch, 76, offered $5 billion to buy Dow Jones & Co., publisher of The Wall Street Journal. Murdoch has long wanted to add the newspaper, America’s second largest behind USA Today, to his global assemblage of publishing, film, television, satellite and Internet businesses. Murdoch has been making his pitch in a series of letters to members of the Bancroft family, who control 64 percent of Dow Jones voting stock and who have been stewards of the paper for nearly a century. One of his arguments is purely economic – a hard-to-beat 67 percent premium to where Dow Jones stock had traded. But it may take more of Murdoch’s considerable powers of persuasion to convince the Bancroft family that one of the most important institutions in journalism will be in the good hands of another media family for years to come. last_img read more

ALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS

first_imgCOUNTY DONEGAL GAA RESULTSMarley Coaches Division 4 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 14-Jul-2013 Burt 1 – 6 1 – 4 Urris Hibernian ParkBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 14-Jul-2013 St Eunans 2 – 9 1 – 9 St Michaels St Eunan’sBrian McCormick Sports Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jul-2013 Kilcar 1 – 9 1 – 8 Gaoth Dobhair KilcarMount Errigal Junior A ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment 14-Jul-2013 Burt 0 – 14 1 – 11 Urris Hibernian Park BurtBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jul-2013 Killybegs 1 – 6 2 – 13 Four Masters McDevitt Park Mount Errigal Junior A ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jul-2013 Naomh Ultan 0 – 13 1 – 7 Milford DunkineelyBrian McCormick Sports Division 1 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jul-2013 Kilcar 1 – 8 1 – 10 Gaoth Dobhair KilcarCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2013 Gaeil Fhánada 0 – 11 2 – 8 Downings Pairc Uí ShiailMarley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2013 Convoy 2 – 19 0 – 6 Naomh Pádraig Uisce Chaoin ConvoyCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2013 Naomh Colmcille 2 – 11 2 – 6 St Naul’s Naomh ColmcilleMarley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2013 Robert Emmets 1 – 11 2 – 5 Letterkenny Gaels Robert EmmetsMcGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2013 Glenswilly 1 – 11 2 – 15 Realt na Mara G.F.C GlenswillyCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2013 Carndonagh 1 – 11 1 – 10 Red Hughs Carndonagh13-Jul-2013 Naomh Columba 0 – 13 1 – 14 Aodh Ruadh Arús Seán Ó hÉinneMarley Coaches Division 4Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2013 Moville 3 – 19 1 – 4 Pettigo MovilleMarley Coaches Division 5 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2013 St Eunans 2 – 15 0 – 8 Naomh Conaill St Eunan’sCentra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3 ReserveDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2013 Naomh Colmcille 1 – 11 1 – 10 St Nauls Naomh Colmcille13-Jul-2013 Fanad Gaels 3 – 12 1 – 9 Downings Pairc Uí Shiail13-Jul-2013 Naomh Padraig Leifear 0 – 10 0 – 13 Naomh Brid Naomh Padraig Leifear13-Jul-2013 Naomh Columba 0 – 10 0 – 6 Aodh Ruadh Arús Seán Ó hÉinne13-Jul-2013 Carndonagh 1 – 6 2 – 10 Red Hughs CarndonaghMarley Coaches Division 5 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Gleann Fhinne 0 – 8 1 – 11 Sean MacCumhaills GlenfinCounty u14 Division 1 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment10-Jul-2013 Naomh Conaill 5 – 8 2 – 13 St Eunans MacCumhaill Park Division One Championship FinalDONEGAL SOUTH – RESULTSUnder 16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment14-Jul-2013 Ardara 1 – 9 2 – 4 Naomh Columba ArdaraUnder 12 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment13-Jul-2013 Ardara 0 – 7 5 – 12 Killybegs ArdaraUnder 16 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Bundoran 0 – 6 2 – 15 Naomh Naille BundoranUnder 16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Aodh Ruadh 2 – 12 2 – 12 Dungloe Aodh RuadhUnder 16 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Naomh Brid 2 – 3 3 – 14 Na Rossa Naomh BridUnder 16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Naomh Conaill 2 – 16 3 – 7 CLG Naomh Muire Naomh ConnaillUnder 12 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Four Masters 2 – 3 8 – 18 Naomh Conaill Naomh ConnaillMinor Championship Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment11-Jul-2013 Kilcar 0 – 8 2 – 13 Ardara Kilcar10-Jul-2013 Bundoran 2 – 8 4 – 12 Four Masters Bundoran10-Jul-2013 CLG Naomh Muire 0 – 17 2 – 10 Dungloe CLG Naomh Muire10-Jul-2013 Aodh Ruadh 1 – 14 0 – 8 Naomh Sean Aodh RuadhUnder 14s Division 1 County Championship FinalDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment10-Jul-2013 Naomh Conaill 5 – 8 2 – 13 St Eunans McCumhaills Extra Time If Necessary. Linesman Gerard McHugh & Mark McGlinchyUnder 14s Division 2 County Championship FinalDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment10-Jul-2013 Killybegs 2 – 14 2 – 7 Naomh Columba Kilcar Extra Time If Necessary Linesman Mark Brown & Lee JordanUnder 12 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment10-Jul-2013 Na Rossa 3 – 5 2 – 1 Pettigo Na RossaUnder 16 League Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Jul-2013 Na Rossa 0 – 8 5 – 21 Four Masters Na RossaMinor Championship Division 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Jul-2013 Naomh Columba 2 – 16 1 – 9 Naomh Naille Naomh ColumbaUnder 12 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment08-Jul-2013 Aodh Ruadh 6 – 11 1 Four Masters Aodh Ruadh08-Jul-2013 Killybegs 4 – 13 0 Naomh Naille Killybegs08-Jul-2013 Ardara 3 – 12 2 – 3 Dungloe Ardara08-Jul-2013 Bundoran 0 – 3 11 – 11 CLG Naomh Muire BundoranCounty u14 Division 2 LeagueDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment10-Jul-2013 Naomh Columba 2 – 7 2 – 15 Killybegs Pairc Tamnaigh Kilcar Division Two Championship FinalDONEGAL NORTH – RESULTSU16 League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Robert Emmets 0 – 3 5 – 19 Glenswilly Pairc EimeadU16 League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Termon 2 – 10 2 – 9 Letterkenny Gaels The Burn RoadU16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 St Michaels 1 – 11 1 – 9 Gaoth Dobhair DunfanaghyU16 League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Sean MacCumhaills 1 – 5 0 Moville Mac Cumhaill ParkU16 League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Malin 4 – 7 5 – 12 Cloughaneely MalinU16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Convoy 0 – 4 3 – 15 St Eunans ConvoyU16 League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Naomh Padraig Muff 0 1 – 5 Naomh Colmcille Newtown MuffU16 League Division 2 Section 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Fanad Gaels 1 – 15 2 – 2 St Eunans B Fanad Gaels PortsalonU16 League Division 1Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment12-Jul-2013 Burt 0 – 17 4 – 8 Glenfin Burt-Hibernian ParkU18 Division 2 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment10-Jul-2013 Red Hughs 1 – 12 1 – 7 Glenfin Crossroads Prelim round, first leg10-Jul-2013 Urris 2 – 14 2 – 13 Downings Urris-Pairc Ui Chraimhsaigh Prelim round, first legU18 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment10-Jul-2013 St Eunans 5 – 17 1 – 11 Burt O Donnell Park-Letterkenny Prelim round, first legU18 Division 2 ChampionshipDate Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment10-Jul-2013 Fanad Gaels 3 – 8 1 – 8 Naomh Padraig Lifford Fanad Gaels Portsalon Prelim round, first leg10-Jul-2013 St Michaels 1 – 5 0 Naomh Padraig Muff Dunfanaghy Prelim round, first leg10-Jul-2013 Milford 2 – 13 2 – 6 Naomh Mhuire Convoy Moyle Park Milford Prelim round, first leg10-Jul-2013 Moville 0 – 14 0 – 13 Carndonagh Moville-Carrick Field Prelim round, first legU16 League Division 2 Section 2Date Team 1 Score Score Team 2 Venue Comment09-Jul-2013 Moville 2 – 10 5 – 17 Carndonagh Moville-Carrick FieldALL YOUR WEEKEND GAA RESULTS was last modified: July 14th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAA RESULTSlast_img read more