Murdoch Hits The Road: What's Gone - What Remains? Turn The Wheel

Rupert Murdoch has left Fox Corp.  -- but what has he actually left behind? His side mirrors might show you.

Proponents say he was a ground-breaker in the TV entertainment business, with the Fox Television Network, and in TV news with Fox News Channel. With regard to the latter, he was said to have given an edge, strong voice to the sometimes staid, neutral coverage of news.

In other words, lots of opinion, outright partisanship, anger and everything else in between. The amplification of TV news reportage as... content!

Remember when Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity went onstage during a Trump campaign rally? That was deemed too far, too much. But only after the fact.

What is actually left for Fox News Channel, Fox News Media, and Fox Television Network? Right now many would say much of the same -- especially under his son Lachlan Murdoch, executive chairman of Fox Corp. 



Up until this week, his 92-year old father technically still had final say on all Fox Corp. stuff when it might matter. He is now chairman emeritus, and it’s his son who is totally in control.

Many can imagine the deposition of Rupert Murdoch by Dominion Voting Systems did a lot of damage. 

Murdoch admitted he knew Fox News Channel on-air personalities spread lies about the 2020 presidential election being stolen from Donald Trump.

And to make matters worse,  he allowed Fox News Channel's on-air prime-time and daytime journalists/opinion-meisters to keep on saying those falsehoods to millions of viewers -- all the while selling millions of dollars in advertising time to brand marketers for that high viewership.

All this was in addition to the frank, revealing texts and emails from anchors and Fox executives that revealed how they really felt about Donald Trump.

This also revealed a dichotomy of on-air, off-air "truths" -- something that may have loyal Fox News viewers scratching their heads but still watching the network. 

Is everything for sale in the news business -- no matter how it sits around the fringes? That's a lesson that Murdoch has delivered.

The last play for Murdoch is realizing after building a fourth broadcast major channel -- Fox Television Network starting up the late 1980s with edgy entertainment, and then securing major sports franchises in the 1990s -- NFL (1994) and Major League Baseball (1996) -- the second act is much harder to get done: distributing and producing  entertainment content -- movies and TV -- in a rapidly growing digital/streaming/CTV world.

So Murdoch sold off half of all its businesses -- to Walt Disney -- leaving Fox Corp. heavily focused on live sports and live news. For many this was a cop out -- that Fox did not have the stuff to compete with the big guys any longer. 

While Fox continues to remain a factor in TV, its live sports and live news content is not as dominant as it was in the past. 

This is the Fox that remains -- and what Murdoch sees in the rear-view mirror. What is the right road ahead? First, make some U-turns.

5 comments about "Murdoch Hits The Road: What's Gone - What Remains? Turn The Wheel".
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  1. Ed Papazian from Media Dynamics Inc, September 25, 2023 at 10:41 a.m.

    Wayne, Rupert is the majority owner of a trust that owns about 40% of the business---so he may not be totally gone. He might pull an Iger---if things go badly. 

  2. Mark Robbins from Radar Entertainment, September 25, 2023 at 5:59 p.m.

    very interesting how you keep stating that Fox is still spewing lies. Truth is that the majority of your so-called lies turned out to be TRUTHS - with even apologies from the LIBERAL MEDIA regarding their lies and accusations. Also - don't fret about Fox; many of their hosts and commentaters have been going through a gradual change to adhere with Fox's more Liberal viewpoint - like yours. Also, Amazing with those so-called lies that Fox's fairings are down and Bewsmax is up. Your commentary is a JOKE!
    Mark Robbins 
    Now Retired and former Sr. V.P. and a Salesman of the DECADE at Warner Bros - 1981 to 2000 and again 2002 to 2003. 
    Thank You!

  3. John Grono from GAP Research, September 25, 2023 at 6:38 p.m.

    Ed, I misread you last sentence as "He might pull his finger out...".

  4. Mark Robbins from Radar Entertainment, September 25, 2023 at 6:57 p.m.

    The  word "fairings" was and is "ratings". 

    The word "Bewsmax" was and is "Newsmax". 

    Mark Robbins

  5. Ben B from Retired, September 25, 2023 at 7:52 p.m.

    Fox ratings are still doing quite well with sports and Fox News is still number 1 for cable news, I don't watch the primetime opinion shows, I only watch Outnumbered & The Five on Fox News. Most thought that Fox couldn't make it, but they did and are The Big 4 or when Fox News was launched in 96 I didn't get it until spring of 2001 as Suckyvision oh, I mean Cablevision wasn't very good at adding channels I didn't get ESPN2 until May of 99 had to pay an extra $2 dollars to get it. I was glad when they were sold in fall of 2000 to Charter.

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