News Corp governance links


May 8, 2012

Here are relevant links to our commentary on the Murdoch governance crisis, plus other information from the web.

Oz and The AFR in new round of the in pay-TV piracy wars
Crikey, Monday, May 7, 2012

Rupert at the cross roads - jail time or a Packer pay-TV mop-up
Crikey, Thursday, May 3, 2012

How Robert Jay QC should play day two with Rupert
Crikey, Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fairfax should stand up to News Ltd's bullying attacks
Crikey, Monday, April 2, 2012

AFR steps up with new Chenoweth Murdoch bombshells
Crikey, Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Can Rupert Murdoch save The Sun?
ABC commentary site, The Drum, February 14, 2012

Rupert Murdoch under threat over The Sun
ABC radio's PM program, February 13, 2012

Questions abound about Lachlan Murdoch's role at News Ltd
Crikey, Monday, February 13

Rupert skips conference call grilling from analysts, hacks
Crikey, Thursday, February 9

Andrew Bolt and Mark Day reveal how Lachlan Murdoch is breaching cross-media laws
Crikey, Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Rupert should Tweet about Sir Rod Eddington's controversial gong
Crikey, Monday, February 6, 2012

We shouldn't cop Murdoch's matey miner grabbing Fairfax
The Sunday Age, February 5, 2012

Chris Mitchell vs the OPI
Crikey, Thursday, December 8, 2011

Analysing the entrails of Rupert's Australian visit
ABC website, The Drum, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Analysing the Murdoch management shake-up
Crikey, Thursday, November 10, 2011

News Ltd launches pre-emptive attack on Finkelstein Inquiry
Crikey, Monday, November 7, 2011

Record protest votes, now for the resignations
Crikey, Tuesday, October 25, 2011

News Corp AGM: no doddery old men, or flying foam pies
Crikey, Monday, October 24, 2011

Post-AGM analysis of News Corp AGM
ABC website, The Drum, Monday, October 24, 2011

Commentary before the October 21 News Corp annual meeting

The most dramatic News Corp AGM since Robert Maxwell came to town
Crikey, Friday, October 21, 2011

Interviewed on Lateline Business
ABC1 television, Thursday, October 20, 2011

How to clean up News Corp's governance structure
ABC website, The Drum, Thursday, October 20, 2011

Herald Sun comments exclusive: News Corp 4th worst in ASX 50 over past decade
Crikey, Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Why Rupert prefers the American say on pay system
Fairfax's Businessday.com.au, Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Should Australia allow Murdoch to expand media power?
Crikey, Monday, October 17, 2011

AMP wimps it on News Corp governance campaign
Crikey, Thursday, October 6, 2011

Inside the News Corp governance campaign
Fairfax's Businessday.com.au, Thursday, September 15, 2011

The killer question to ask James Murdoch
Crikey, Thursday, September 15, 2011

Murdoch special, Bolt, Hartigan and media inquiry
Mayne Report, Thursday, September 15, 2011

Who will go first - Julia Gillard or Rupert Murdoch
Crikey, Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Why isn't anyone reporting Rupert's $US33.3m salary?
Crikey, Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Does the Murdoch family have more wealth outside News Corp?
Crikey, Thursday, August 18, 2011

Why News Corp should sell down its Australian newspaper holdings
Crikey, Monday, August 15, 2011

Rupert hangs up on Four Corners and his own business journalists
Crikey, Thursday, August 11

Rupert delivers the profits and analysts dodge the hard questions
ABC website, The Drum, Thursday, August 11

Lateline Business story on conference call
ABC1 TV, Thursday, August 11

Special email edition to News Corp analysts ahead of earnings conference call
The Mayne Report, Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Mayne: Murdoch board leaks ahead of crucial analyst conference call
Crikey, Wednesday, August 10

Murdoch hypocrisy over free speech campaign
Crikey, Thursday, August 4

Q&A panel discussion
ABC1, Monday, August 1

Blair, Murdoch and the Iraq war - a study in power
Crikey, Wednesday July 27, 2011

Interview on BNET about Australian media regulation
BNET, Monday, July 25, 2011

What would a break up of the Murdoch empire look like?
ABC website, The Drum, Friday, July 22, 2011

Blocking Foxtel's Austar bid opens the door for pressure on the Murdoch gerrymander
Crikey, Friday, July 22, 2011

If Glenn Mulcaire sings, Rupert can kiss goodbye to The Sun
Crikey, Thursday, July 21, 2011

Interview on Murdoch testimony with Eleanor Hall on The World Today
ABC radio, Wednesday, July 20, 2011

No smoking gun and great advertisement for an Australian inquiry
Crikey, Wednesday, July 20, 2011

One last trip to New York for a Rupert AGM show down
Mayne Report, Tuesday, July 19

How to cross-examine Rupert Murdoch
Crikey, Tuesday, July 19

Ranking the 16 News Corp directors for independence
Crikey, Monday, July 18

Why Australia needs an inquiry into expanding Murdoch domination
The Drum, Monday, July 18

Mayne: it's time for Rupert to go
Crikey, Friday, July 15

Interview with SBS TV news
SBS, July 14, 2011

With BSkyB bid dumped, why isn't Foxtel's Austar offer under pressure?
Crikey, Thursday, July 14, 2011

Rupert's crisis blows up $6 billion in a week
The Drum, July 13, 2011

Murdoch kills paper, bodycount rises
The Drum, July 8, 2011

Why hacking scandal should impact on Australia Television bid
Crikey, Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Crossing The OZ was Overland's fatal error
The Drum, June 20, 2011

Contact points

List of directors of the Australian Shareholders' Association.

Stephen Mayne profile

Email: Stephen@maynereport.com

Mobile (61412) 106 241

Some other useful links including historical articles

Transcript of 12 minute exchange at 2010 News Corp AGM

Analysis of executive pay at News Corp over past decade

Letter sent to independent News Corp director on 2011 AGM format

Letter sent to News Corp analysts ahead of last earnings call

Webcast details for 2011 AGM

A Comsec table analysing the relatively poor performance of News Corp for Australian investors over the past 20 years.

The Nick Davies feature in The Guardian in July 2009 which re-opened the phone hacking scandal.

Former Murdoch loyalist Andrew Neil tells The Guardian it has exposed hugely important material.

The New York Times feature in September 2010 which helped re-fire Scotland Yard's News Corp probe.

Washington Post explains how The Guardian and New York Times collaborated on phone hacking scandal.

Murdoch's biographer Michael Wolff explains News Corp's "Mafia-like culture" for Adnews.

List of the 14 BSkyB directors who failed to ditch James Murdoch as chairman.

Excellent visual guide to the scandal worked up by US magazine Business Week.

Article summarising the US governance concerns and litigation underway

Bloomberg interview with Don Yacktman who control $1billion worth of non-voting News Corp shares

And here are some of our Tweets during the Murdoch saga:

Thursday, August 4

Latest Jonathan Holmes column on press regulation for The Drum is well worth a read. Agree with it strongly. See:

After 92 comments, decided to join the fray responding to Brendan O'Neill's account of Monday's Q&A in The OZ. See:

Tuesday, August 2

Phone hacking: News International mass-deleted emails, tech firm says via

Monday, August 1

The New York Times has an excellent interactive graphic on key players in . Worth a bookmark:

Sunday, July 31

With Trinity Mirror shares down at 44p, it doesn't have cash to buy Sun. Also copping it over hacking. See Greenslade:

When combined with Panorama show on Murdoch screened by SBS tonight, this NYT piece makes for interesting reading:

If social media is helping blow away dictators from Egypt to News Corp, why not China? Agree with this in The Observer:

This Wolff extract on the Murdoch children is really interesting as contemplate Women's Day cover on "family feud". See:

Saturday, July 30

Andrew Bolt savages Christine Nixon in Saturday Hun: He doesn't seem to realise News Corp has lost its licence to bully.

This New York Times article on phone hacking has some interesting new detail. The cover-up is looking very ugly. See:

Friday, July 29

Jac Nasser, you and other BSKyB directors are so weak ": James Murdoch unanimously confirmed as BSkyB chairman "

WSJ trying to re-establish credibility ": Interesting WSJ piece on Tom Crone - life of a tabloid lawyer

Gouged!! ": Grabiner QC charging News Corp £3000 an hour to advise on . Money on the bonfire "

Here is the Financial Times story about last year's News Corp AGM debate on hacking no longer behind the paywall:

Funny this: local Murdoch paper run story on upcoming Q&A appearance by "Cr Mayne" & quote Tweet on hacking scandal. See

Thursday, July 28

How Alan Bond helped make Rupert Murdoch rich:

The Guardian's Roy Greenslade picked up on Sunday Age story by Michael Bachelard suggesting Lachlan buys News Ltd. See:

Monday, July 18

Great New York Times article on cowboy running News America who Rupert retained despite $655m in settlements. See:

Murdoch board revolt looms. Crikey just emailed story ranking the 16 directors 4 independence. Send it on

ABC's The Drum has just published this piece on Murdoch power abuse in Oz. See why we need an inquiry:

Robert Thompson overplayed loyalty to Rupert in this WSJ opinion piece. Crazy to sing Les Hinton's praises:

At last the News Corp independent directors are stirring & leaking their concerns to rival Bloomberg. Big move

Acceptance of free health spa from former News ed was the beginning of the end for head of Met police

This long Sunday Times feature on The Australian's website has an interesting combination of Murdoch spin and insights:

As Tony Abbott still grovels to Murdoch press in Oz, he should consider how UK Labor's opposition leader has gone. See:

MP chairing committee which will grill Murdochs was invited to Les Hinton's 2009 wedding to a Gordon Brown adviser. See

Hackgate, the movie. This is too funny. Brilliant casting. Bet it will be over 10,000 views by morning:

Sunday, July 17

Rebekah Brooks arrested - about time. Next will be BSkyB ditching James Murdoch as chair. See directors:

Biggest ever hit on Down Under ": transcript of Ray Martin's expose on

With such a shocking history of power abuse, Oz politicians will not be able to resist following Miliband's Murdoch call .......