Murdoch Brings Son Lachlan Back To Media Empire
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[March 26, 2014]
(Reuters) — Rupert Murdoch has
elevated son Lachlan to the top of his multibillion-dollar family media
empire after a seven-year break, appointing him non-executive
co-chairman of both News Corp and 21st Century Fox Inc.
The media mogul also gave his younger son James a bigger role as
co-chief operating officer at 21st Century Fox, two years after he
resigned as chairman of British broadcaster BSkyB following a
parliamentary investigation into phone hacking.
Lachlan Murdoch, who has been serving as a director at News Corp and
21st Century Fox, will work closely with senior management to
develop global strategies and guide the overall corporate agenda,
the company said in a statement on Wednesday.
"Lachlan will help us lead News Corp forward as we expand our reach
and invest in new technologies and markets around the world," Rupert
Murdoch said in the statement.
Seven years ago, Lachlan Murdoch stepped back from the business his
grandfather founded, quitting his role as deputy chief operating
officer after banging heads with his father and top lieutenants.
Since then, he has focused on interests in Australia through his
private investment company Illyria Pty Ltd, which owns various media
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Lachlan Murdoch also owns about 9 percent of Australia's
third-ranked TV network, Ten Network Holdings Ltd, from which he
stepped down as chairman on Wednesday.
(Reporting by Arnab Sen in Bangalore and Lincoln Feast in Sydney;
editing by Joyjeet Das and Christopher Cushing)
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