Murdoch Stepping Down As Chairman of Fox Corp. and News Corp.

Dr. E.C. Beuck
Rupert Murdoch in 2012Photo byEva Rinaldi via Wikimedia Commons

Rupert Murdoch, a titan of conservative media, has announced that he will be stepping down as the chairman of Fox Corp. and News Corp. to be replaced by older son, Lachlan Murdoch. With his son taking the reins of his media empire, Rupert Murdoch will assume the role of chairman emeritus of both corporations, likely in order to continue to play some role in the functioning of each. Indeed, according to Murdoch's own words, "...I can guarantee you that I will be involved every day in the contest of ideas."

While know for, and involved in, many things tied to the media, perhaps the most enduring legacy for Murdoch will be the creating of Fox News, the 24/7 news network that he founded in 1996 as a more conservative competitor to CNN. While the network has accumulated millions of fans in recent decades, controversy in the past few years regarding opinion hosts and media personalities like Tucker Carlson who left Fox News not so long ago, in part due to criticism over conspiracy theories.

The formal resignation of Murdoch will occur at a shareholder meeting this November. Regardless of the role of Murdoch in the future, he has already secured his place in the history in the minds of millions of Americans, whether they be the progressives and Democrats that revile him, or the conservatives and Republicans that see him more as a champion of their causes.

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