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Murdoch’s Empire Under Siege

A phone hacking scandal shakes the Murdoch empire. We’ll look to the future of News Corp.

News about Rupert Murdoch is displayed on the Fox News ticker at building which houses the News Corp. headquarters in New York. (AP)

News about Rupert Murdoch is displayed on the Fox News ticker at building which houses the News Corp. headquarters in New York. (AP)

Mayhem outside the British Parliament today as global media tycoon Rupert Murdoch arrived for questioning.

A huge mob of photographers shouting, pushing, clacking away. The elder Murdoch in his Range Rover. Scandal all around. Treated like Voldemort stepping into Hogwarts.

Murdoch’s News Corp. holdings in the UK are at the heart of an uproar over widespread phone hacking, police corruption, compromised politicians. The sense of a nation compromised, corrupted. What does it mean for News Corp. worldwide?

This hour On Point: Murdoch’s empire now, from The Times of London to Fox News.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Sarah Ellison, author of “War at the Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire.” Contributing editor at Vanity Fair, where her story on the News Corp phone-hacking scandal — “The Dark Arts” — appeared in the June issue.

Dean Starkman, runs “The Audit” the business media blog for the Columbia Journalism Review.

John Gapper, associate editor and chief business commentator for the Financial Times.



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