Ru­pert Mur­doch

Forbes - - CON­TENTS -

Last of the news­pa­per moguls, shrewdest of the power bro­kers: ex­ec­u­tive chair­man, news corp., 21st cen­tury fox

As a rel­a­tively shy and in­ex­pe­ri­enced young news­pa­per owner at the Ade­laide News in Aus­tralia, I was lucky enough to work along­side top-notch re­porters, ed­i­tors, com­pos­i­tors who put to­gether the pa­per in metal form ahead of its print­ing. Hardy souls who had no time for elitism or airs and graces, and even less time for in­com­pe­tence.

My out­look, en­ergy, self-as­sur­ance and sense of so­cial pur­pose were fash­ioned in the slightly mad mer­i­toc­racy that is the news­room, where you start each day with a blank can­vas and re­lent­lessly strive to cap­ture as much orig­i­nal news as pos­si­ble and present it in a man­ner that is co­her­ent, com­pelling and valu­able. The ur­gency, daily drive, that con­stant self-ques­tion­ing in­te­gral in edit­ing a pa­per, the cease­less cu­rios­ity, are what I have stood upon every day of my ca­reer, tak­ing me and our busi­nesses fur­ther than my young self ever imag­ined. Those ex­pe­ri­ences, those prin­ci­ples, helped me build a busi­ness in tele­vi­sion and films and dig­i­tal me­dia, where drive and cre­ativ­ity are es­sen­tial and work­ing as part of a team, re­gard­less of your ti­tle, is im­per­a­tive.

To those early col­leagues, who tol­er­ated my in­ex­pe­ri­ence and guided me with their earthy wis­dom, I am and will al­ways be grate­ful.

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