News Corp May Boot Murdoch
Could daughter Elisabeth replace him?
By M Cantor, Newser Staff
Posted Jul 18, 2011 9:27 AM CDT
News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch looks down as he leaves the One Aldwych Hotel in London.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – As News Corp continues to reel from the phone hacking scandal, its independent directors are wondering whether it’s time for a leadership change, insiders tell Bloomberg. The independent directors—who make up 9 seats of the 16-member board—complain that they’ve been given too little information about the scandal and that News Corp has responded too slowly. Murdoch himself seems to be “in denial” about possible repercussions, directors tell Bloomberg.

The Guardian says daughter Elisabeth—who, unlike her father and brothers James and Lachlan, last week argued that Rebekah Brooks should resign—looks increasingly like the best family candidate to replace him. But the Guardian also notes that Murdoch biographer (and Newser founder) Michael Wolff today said that Murdoch needs to face the uncomfortable reality that none of his kids may be considered competent enough to get the keys to the kingdom.

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Jul 18, 2011 11:54 AM CDT
The other issue here with such a concentration of media is that all the other Murdoch owned papers and news services are afraid to rip him a new one, even though journalisticly and ethically, they should all be on him like a pack of wolves. And you can call me.................Mr Joshua
Jul 18, 2011 10:55 AM CDT
Unfortunately, I doubt that Faux News will miss a beat. There are Fascists aplenty waiting in the wings.
Jul 18, 2011 9:59 AM CDT
OMG! What happened? I've been watching Fox News, and all I see is that Murdoch's British paper was hit by hackers. Oh, unlucky Rupert . . . But if he was attacked by hackers, then why would his board . . . OMGOMG! Liberals have taken over News Corp's board! Who let them in? Boo hoo hoo hoo . . .