Murdoch on Deck for Performance of His Life

Board reportedly considering COO Chase Carey as replacement

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 19, 2011 7:16 AM CDT | Updated Jul 19, 2011 7:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Rupert Murdoch heads to Parliament today for perhaps the most clutch performance of his storied career, as his media empire hangs in the balance. News Corp execs who watched the mogul rehearse quietly expressed concern about his answers, Bloomberg reports, and a disastrous appearance could cement rumblings emanating from the board about replacing him. But succession remains murky: With son James increasingly tainted, rumors yesterday turned to daughter Elisabeth, but insiders are now eyeing COO Chase Carey for the top job, notes Bloomberg.

“This will be a heavily reviewed performance,” says one expert. “Who would have thought this could happen two weeks ago?” But Murdoch's goose isn't cooked yet, says board member Thomas Perkins, who tells the AP that, "I can assure you, there has been no discussion at the board level in connection with this current scandal of making any changes. The board supports top management totally." Bloomberg notes that at the end of the day, it's likely Murdoch's call anyway: “Rupert Murdoch controls the votes of the company through the Class B shares,” says an expert . “He can just replace them if he wants."

News Corp Chief Rupert Murdoch, son James, and Rebekah Brooks.
News Corp Chief Rupert Murdoch, son James, and Rebekah Brooks.   (Getty Images)
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is driven along Whitehall in central London, Tuesday, July 19, 2011, with reflections seen in the car window.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is driven along Whitehall in central London, Tuesday, July 19, 2011, with reflections seen in the car window.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Chief executive of News Corporation Europe and Asia, James Murdoch arrives at News International headquarters in London, Tuesday, July 19, 2011.
Chief executive of News Corporation Europe and Asia, James Murdoch arrives at News International headquarters in London, Tuesday, July 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)
A poster of News Corporation Chief Rupert Murdoch is pictured on a street in east London, on July 18, 2011.
A poster of News Corporation Chief Rupert Murdoch is pictured on a street in east London, on July 18, 2011.   (Getty Images)
The scene is reflected in the car window as media mogul Rupert Murdoch is driven along Whitehall in central London, Tuesday, July 19, 2011.
The scene is reflected in the car window as media mogul Rupert Murdoch is driven along Whitehall in central London, Tuesday, July 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
A car carrying media mogul Rupert Murdoch is surrounded by photographers as he is driven onto Parliament Square from Whitehall in central London, Tuesday, July 19, 2011.
A car carrying media mogul Rupert Murdoch is surrounded by photographers as he is driven onto Parliament Square from Whitehall in central London, Tuesday, July 19, 2011.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Rupert Murdoch is driven along Whitehall on July 19, 2011 in London.
Rupert Murdoch is driven along Whitehall on July 19, 2011 in London.   (Getty Images)
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