James Moore: Rupert Murdoch dodges the knock-out blow
Outlook Ever since the phone-hacking scandal broke, Rupert Murdoch has treated his critics, politicians, regulators and, indeed, his own investors, in a similar manner. He's given them all a two-fingered salute while growling "up yours".
He has been able to do it too, because while his opponents have landed some painful blows, none of them have yet been able to say "gotcha". The knock out has eluded them.
But the battle Mr Murdoch finds himself in is no three-round, amateur boxing bout leaving both sides a bit bruised but unbowed at the end. It's a 12-round, heavyweight tag-team slugfest. And if you allow such a battle to continue there is always the chance that one of your opponents will get lucky.
Hence the idea of a split, parcelling up News Corp's entertainment businesses into one company and its publishing operations, including all those troublesome newspapers, into another.
So far it is just talk, but it seems certain that the Murdoch tribe will retain voting control of both entities while ensuring that there are enough family members or loyalists in key positions to stifle any dissent.
This is, then, a feint designed to wrong-foot at least some of his opponents – a technique at which which Mr Murdoch has proved to be very adept.
If they have their wits about them his critics won't be fooled. If.
The Microsoft mogul told fans a few home truths during his Reddit AMA
- 1 Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
- 2 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope
- 5 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
Woman falls to her death as she celebrates marriage proposal at the edge of Ibiza cliff
Boris Johnson claims porn-obsessed Islamic jihadists are 'literally w*****s'
Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
Teenager brandishing fake gun taken down by police after demanding airtime on Netherlands' NOS TV station
Ball pool for adults opens in London
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
iJobs Money & Business
£40000 - £50000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...
£30000 - £35000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager - Marke...
£13000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Pension Specialist was established ...
£23000 - £26000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Market Research Executive...