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News Corp
1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York 10036

On June 28, 2013, News Corporation split into two companies: 21st Century Fox, which retained most of News Corporation's television, film, and new media holdings; and News Corp, which focuses primarily on publishing. Both companies are chaired by Rupert Murdoch.
Molded under the watchful eye of Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. continues to evolve and serve as a model for the modern vertically integrated media conglomerate. Aided by the acquisition of 20th Century film studio, News Corp. went from primarily a newspaper company in Australia and England to an influential force in American media. The Fox Network broke ground in the late 1980s as the first successful broadcast network to break through against the powerful Big 3. Recently, viewership for its Fox News Network surpassed the once formidable CNN. This proved to be another sign that American viewers favor News Corp.'s irreverent style.

William Fox leads successful fight against Thomas Edison's Motion Pictures Patents Company. The Patents Company is dissolved in the face of anti-trust legislation.
1931 (March 11)
Rupert Keith Murdoch is born in Australia. Father, Keith Murdoch, is an established newspaper man in the country
Century Pictures and Fox Film merge to form 20th Century-Fox
Murdoch inherits Adelaide News, an Australian mid-size daily, and the Adelaide Sunday Mail
Murdoch's Australian newspaper holdings increase with the acquisition of Cumberland Newspapers, and Mirror Newspapers, Ltd., publishers of Sydney's Daily and Sunday Mirror
Murdoch launches The Australian as the first national newspaper
Murdoch takes over News of the World and launches London Sun
Murdoch purchases Sydney Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph
Murdoch purchases his first newspaper in the U.S.
San Antonio Express and News
Enters the supermarket tabloid business by launching The National Star
Murdoch buys New York Post for $30 million from liberal socialite Dorothy Schiff. He continues his New York buying spree by purchasing New York magazine, Village Voice and New West from Clay Felker
Diversifies by acquiring Ansett Transport Industries which owns Melbourne TV station, Channel 10. Australia modifies media ownership laws to allow the deal. Critics call the move "The Murdoch Amendments"
News Corp. forms
Takes over Times and Sunday Times in London
Buys the Boston Herald-American and changes the name to Boston Herald. News Corp. also buys Australian book publisher Angus & Robertson
Sky, the first satellite TV channel launches. News Corp. buys Chicago Sun Times for $90 million
Murdoch and News Corp. make take over bid of Warner Brothers but are thwarted
Murdoch becomes United States citizen in order to purchase more American media outlets. Sells Village Voice. News Corp. buys TCF Holdings Inc., parent company of Twentieth Century Fox Film. In a related deal, News Corp. purchases seven television stations from Metromedia for $1.55 billion (WNEW-TV, New York; KTTV-TV, Los Angeles; WFLD-TV, Chicago; WTTG-TV, Washington, DC; KNBN-TV, Dallas; KRIV-TV, Houston, WFXT-TV in Boston. These stations reach 22% of all television households in the United States. These two deals help to form backbone of a new broadcast television network
Fox Broadcasting Company is established. News Corp. moves its UK newspaper printing operations to new plant in Wapping. A protracted labor strike ensues. Murdoch sells Chicago Sun-Times
Takes control Melbourne Herald and Weekly Times, Australia's largest media group. News Corp. becomes world's largest newspaper publisher. News Corp. also purchases the South China Morning Post, UK newspaper Today and United States book publisher Harper and Row. Murdoch now controlled approximately sixty percent of Australian newspapers and thirty-five percent of UK newspapers
Purchases Triangle Publications (main holding TV Guide) from Walter Annenberg for $3 billion. Sells off New York Post
Harper Collins is formed after newly acquired William Collins Publishing is merged with Harper and Row. The Simpsons becomes Fox Network's first hit program. Satellite television provider Sky TV is launched.
- BSkyB is formed after Sky merges with British Satellite Broadcasting. Accumulation of large debts leads News Corp. down the road to bankruptcy. Citibank, the company's prime lender, takes active role in saving News Corp.
News Corp. undergoes massive sell off to help lower corporate debt. The properties sold off include: New York, Seventeen, Soap Opera Digest, Soap Opera Weekly, Premiere, and Daily Racing Form
Buys broadcasting rights for the Premier League, an Australian rugby league, for $300 million
Gains controlling interest in Asian satellite television service, Star TV. Acquires the right to broadcast NFL games. The move shakes up American sports television as it leaves the NBC network without football coverage. Obtaining the NFL broadcasting rights costs over $1 billion but seen as a necessary investment to help promote fledging Fox Network. News Corp. reacquires New York Post
HarperCollins sells its education unit to Pearson
Acquires Los Angeles Dodgers and Dodgers stadium from the O'Malley family for $311 million
Orders HarperCollins to squash the memoirs of Chris Patten, Hong Kong's last governor and vocal critic of the Communist China government
Acquires William Morrow and Avon Books in a deal with Hearst
Sells stake in Fox Family Network to Disney. Duopolies established in Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Washington D.C., and Houston
Duopolies established in Chicago and Orlando
Puts LA Dodgers up for sale. Spends $6.6 billion for stake in Hughes Electronic, the parent company of DirecTV
Los Angeles Dodgers sold to real estate developer Frank McCourt for $430 million
On 28 June 2012, Rupert Murdoch announced that News Corporation's assets would be split into two publicly traded companies, one oriented towards media, and the other towards publishing
On 28 June 2013, News Corporation was renamed 21st Century Fox, consisting primarily of media outlets, while a new News Corp was formed to take on the publishing division of the company
Dow Jones
The Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal Global (Asia, Europe, Latin America, Brazil,
China, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Turkey)
The Wall Street Journal Radio
The Wall Street Journal Digital Network
The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition
Dow Jones Local Media Group (Ottaway):
Cape Cod Media Group (MA)
Cape Cod Times
Cape Cod View
Barnstable Patriot
Hudson Valley Media Group (NY)
Times Herald-Record (Middletown)
Orange Magazine (Orange County)
Nantucket Island Media Group (MA)
The Inquirer and Mirror (Nantucket)
Nantucket Today
Pocono Mountains Media Group (PA)
Pocono Record (Stroudsburg)
San Joaquin Media Group (CA)
The Record (Stockton)
Seacoast Media Group (NH)
The Portsmouth Herald
The Exeter News-Letter
The Hampton Union
The York Weekly
York County Coast Star
South Coast Media Group (MA)
The Standard-Times (New Bedford)
The Advocate (Fairhaven)
The Chronicle (Westport and Dartmouth)
Middleboro Gazette
The Spectator (Somerset and Swansea)
The Fall RIver Spirit
New England Business Bulletin
Southern Oregon Media Group (OR)
Medford Mail Tribune
The Nickel (Medford)
Ashland Daily Tidings
Dow Jones Averages
Dow Jones Client Solutions
Dow Jones Companies & Executives
Dow Jones Events
Dow Jones Indexes
Dow Jones Insight
Dow Jones Investment Banker
Dow Jones LP Source
Dow Jones Newswires
Dow Jones Private Markets
Dow Jones Reprint Portal
Dow Jones Watchlist
Dow Jones VentureSource
Vedomosti (with Pearson and Independent Media)
Virtual Stock Exchange
Risk & Compliance
Private Equity/Venture Capital
Dow Jones Newswires
ETF Trader
Hulbert Financial Digest Monthly Newsletter
Hulbert Interactive
MarketWatch Options Trader
Proactive Fund Investor
Retirement Weekly
Revolution Investing
The Technical Indicator
Financial News
HarperCollins Publishers
Avon A
Avon Inspire
Avon Red
Harper Design
Harper Business
Harper Paperbacks
Harper Perennial
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Harper Voyager
HarperCollins e-Books
William Morrow
HarperCollins Children's Books
Balzer + Bray
Greenwillow Books
HarperCollins Children's Audio
HarperCollins Children's Books
HarperCollins e-books
Katherine Tegen Books
Walden Pond Press
HarperCollins Australia
HarperCollins Canada
HarperCollins India
HarperCollins New Zealand
HarperCollins US
HarperCollins UK
News America Marketing
News Marketing Canada
News Corp Australia
The Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Sunday Telegraph
Herald Sun
Herald Sun Sunday
The Courier Mail
The Sunday Mail
The Advertiser
NT News (a.k.a. Northern Territory News)
Sunday Territorian
The Sunday Times
Perth Now
Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania
Sunday Tasmania
Fox Sports
Foxtel (50%)
REA Group
Super Food Ideas
ABC delicious magazine
donna hay magazine magazine
Vogue Living
Country Style
Inside Out
Gardening Australia
Vogue Australia
GQ Australia
Big League
Australian Golf Digest
Best Recipes
Australian Associated Press
News UK
The Sun
The Times
The Sunday Times
TLS (The Times Literary Supplement)
Amplify (Educational products and services)
News America Marketing
News Corp. Digital Media
News International
NDS (49%)
New York Post
last updated 4/21/2014