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April 23, 2008

News Corporation chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch is stepping up his involvement in The Wall Street Journal, the newspaper he acquired last August from the Bancroft family as part of Dow Jones & Co.

News Corporation chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch (pictured) is stepping up his involvement in the Wall Street Journal, the newspaper he acquired last August from the Bancroft family as part of Dow Jones & Co (click here to read more).

April 8, 2008

A joint venture led by two next generation members of Australia’s most powerful families has ended after only two months.

A joint venture led by two next generation members of Australia's most powerful families has ended after only two months. Lachlan Murdoch, son of News Corp chief Rupert, has written to Consolidated Media Holdings stating that the deal he was pursuing with CMH executive deputy chairman James Packer (pictured) to purchase the firm is off.

The letter from Murdoch stated that they are "not in a position to proceed with the Indicative Proposal due to material changes in the overall transaction terms. Accordingly, the Indicative Proposal has been withdrawn."

January 21, 2008

Two of the world’s most powerful media families have joined forces once again to make an offer for Australian firm Consolidated Media Holdings.

Two of the world's most powerful media families have joined forces once again to make an offer for Australian firm Consolidated Media Holdings. Lachlan Murdoch, the eldest son of Rupert, and James Packer (pictured), CMH's executive deputy chairman, have launched a 50/50 joint venture to acquire 100% of the firm for $4.06 per share.

CMH owns a stake in subscription television business FOXTEL, sports channel FOX Sports and online employment business SEEK. Consolidated Press Holdings, the Packer family's private company, currently owns 38% of the firm.

January 8, 2008

News Corporation has acquired a 14.58% stake in Premiere AG, the German pay-TV operator, for €287 million in cash.

News Corporation has acquired a 14.58% stake in Premiere AG, the German pay-TV operator, for €287 million in cash. This comes only one month after James Murdoch became chief executive of News Corporation Europe and Asia. With over 10 million viewers and more than four million subscribers, Premiere AG is the leading pay-TV operator in Germany and Austria.

September 1, 2007

Any acquisition undertaken is a risk – even more so when the company has innovations and ideas that are new to your business. Andrew Murray-Watson looks at family businesses that have taken the plunge and what can be learned from these transactions

Andrew Murray-Watson is business editor of The Independent on Sunday.

Any acquisition undertaken is a risk – even more so when the company has innovations and ideas that are new to your business. Andrew Murray-Watson looks at family businesses that have taken the plunge and what can be learned from these transactions

May 1, 2007

Divorce has high costs, both monetarily and emotionally. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of family business, as evidenced by some high-profile cases in recent years. Love, power and ownership can all be at stake when family and business split

Divorce has high costs, both monetarily and emotionally. Nowhere is this more true than in the world of family business, as evidenced by some high-profile cases in recent years. Love, power and ownership can all be at stake when family and business split.

Suzy Bibko is editor of Families in Business.

September 1, 2004

The end of succession by autocratic decree wasn’t the threat it appeared. Career choice has paved the way for a uniquely business-savvy next generation – who join the fold because they’re passionate about their family business. Melanie Stern reports

Melanie Stern is section editor of Families in Business magazine.

The end of succession by autocratic decree wasn't the threat it appeared. Career choice has paved the way for a uniquely business-savvy next generation – who join the fold because they're passionate about their family business. Melanie Stern reports

September 1, 2004

An ageing population means the number of business owners seeking to leave their businesses over the next few years is ever increasing. But recent research suggests succession planning needs to be a much higher priority. Rowena Barrett and Glennis Hanley report

Rowena Barrett is director of the Family and Small Business Research Unit, Monash University, Melbourne. Glennis Hanley is a research associate with the Family and Small Business Research Unit.

An ageing population means the number of business owners seeking to leave their businesses over the next few years is ever increasing. But recent research suggests succession planning needs to be a much higher priority. Rowena Barrett and Glennis Hanley report

July 1, 2004

A spate of international financial scandals has forced governments to crack down on corporations, bringing corporate governance to the fore. But are the recommended steps to improve corporate behaviour fully applicable to family firms?

Hywel Lewis is a freelance financial journalist specialising in family business.

A spate of international financial scandals has forced governments to crack down on corporations, bringing corporate governance to the fore. But are the recommended steps to improve corporate behaviour fully applicable to family firms?

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