Rupert Murdoch is a media mogul who has been a prominent figure in the news industry for decades. Born in Australia in 1931, Murdoch inherited his father's newspaper business and went on to build a global media empire that includes News Corp, Fox News, and The Wall Street Journal. Over the years, Murdoch has been involved in a number of high-profile controversies and scandals, making him a frequent subject of news coverage.
Recently, Murdoch has been in the news for a number of reasons. In 2021, Prince Harry filed a lawsuit against Murdoch's News Group Newspapers, alleging that the company hacked into his phone and engaged in other unlawful activities. The lawsuit is part of a larger scandal involving phone hacking and other illegal practices at News Group Newspapers, which has led to a number of high-profile lawsuits and settlements.
In addition to the phone hacking scandal, Murdoch's media empire has been accused of spreading misinformation and promoting divisive political views. Fox News, which is owned by Murdoch's News Corp, has been criticized for its coverage of the 2020 US presidential election, with many accusing the network of spreading baseless conspiracy theories about voter fraud. The network has also been accused of promoting right-wing extremism and contributing to the polarization of American society.
Despite these controversies, Murdoch remains one of the most powerful figures in the media industry, with a net worth estimated at over $20 billion. His influence extends far beyond the news industry, with his media empire encompassing everything from film and television production to book publishing and digital media. As such, Murdoch is likely to remain a prominent figure in the news for years to come.
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Prince William received 'very large sum' in phone-hacking settlement
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Prince Harry sues News Group Newspapers over phone-hacking allegations
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Fox News settles with Dominion Voting Systems for $787.5m
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Fox News settles with Dominion Voting Systems for $787m
Fox News has settled with Dominion Voting Systems for $787m, avoiding a defamation trial that would have been one of the biggest in US history.
Fox News settles $787.5m defamation lawsuit with Dominion Voting Systems
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Fox News settles with Dominion Voting Systems for $788m
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