Economics/Class Relations

Rupert Murdoch’s big test

April 17, 2023
Hello, Insiders. The trial for Dominion Voting Systems’ $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox News was scheduled to begin today, but as of last night, the trial has been delayed one day amid reports that the media giant is pursuing settlement talks. Today’s big story dives into whether Rupert Murdoch’s media empire can survive another major scandal.


Plus, we’re also looking into the real reason bosses hate work from home, the brutal reality of a road trip in the wrong EV, and new reports on King Charles’ personal wealth. Let’s dive in.


Nicholas Carlson


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Murdoch’s big test

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In July 2011, Rupert Murdoch, the billionaire media tycoon, was forced to answer questions from UK lawmakers about claims that his newspapers had illegally hacked into the voicemail boxes of hundreds of celebrities, royals, and ordinary people.

The phone-hacking affair cost Murdoch dearly. In 2011, News Corp abandoned its effort to take over the TV network Sky. One industry publication calculated that News Corp faced about $1.4 billion in costs in connection with the scandal.

Now, two voting-technology companies, Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic, want to make another Murdoch media property pay even more for Fox News’s role in spreading election denial. Murdoch is once again reputationally and financially exposed.

The phone-hacking scandal shows how Murdoch, now 92, has weathered challenges to his power before. Our senior reporter Jack Newsham breaks down why there’s good reason to believe this isn’t the end for Murdoch.


WFH battle, EV road trip, & more

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  • “My company is making us go back to the office two days a week to boost morale — but no one wants to be there.” Insider’s Rebecca Knight spoke with a worker whose company, a large US insurer with more than 40,000 workers, is mandating employees return to the office this summer. The worker says it’s actually killing morale. Read the story.
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  • King Charles’ personal fortune is hundreds of millions more than the late Queen’s, a report says. Analysis by The Sunday Times shows the King is worth nearly $750 million. An unnamed former advisor told the paper that Charles became financially scrupulous after his divorce from Princess Diana. More here.
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This edition was curated by Nicholas Carlson, and edited by Hallam Bullock, Lisa Ryan, Dave Smith, Jack Sommers, and Jack Robert Stacey. Get in touch:

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