Picture Post: Who's Rupert got on speed-dial?

The prospect of a telephone call from Rupert Murdoch is enough to turn even the most battle-hardened politician, journalist, or globe-trotting businessman into a useless, quivering wreck.

Imagine, then, the lifetime of potential misery that must result from being expected to exchange small-talk with the plutocratic newspaper baron – still, after all these years, many-a-pundit's "most powerful man on Earth" – on an almost daily basis.

That is the fate that has befallen the 26 individuals listed below, whose numbers turn out to have been installed on the speed-dial buttons of Murdoch's personal office telephone.

Their names have come to light thanks to Murdoch's generous donation of his recently-used "blower" (above) to the Newseum, a massive new museum of the modern media which opened last week in Washington DC.

The phone offers us the ultimate media "power list": there are few greater claims to a seat at Mr Murdoch's high table (aside, perhaps, from being one of his 'top friends' on MySpace, the mogul's global social networking site) than being considered of sufficient importance to be contactable with just one poke of his index finger, in a scene reminiscent of our main picture.

So, what of the lucky 26? On speed dial, of course, is James Murdoch, Rupert's cool-headed heir-apparent and head of News Corporation's European and Asian operations, together with his more volatile elder son Lachlan, and London-based daughter Elisabeth, now an international broadcasting player herself. Rupert's third and current wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, is the only other female to feature.

More interesting, to Kremlinologists of the 77-year-old's global empire, are the non-familial entries. There are the giants of Planet Murdoch, such as Peter Chernin, the president and chief operating officer of News Corp, Jim Giannopoulos, the president of 20th Century Fox Films, and Tom Rothman, the chairman and CEO, of Fox Filmed Entertainment.

There, too, is Les Hinton, the Liverpool-born former chairman of News International (owners of The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times and the News of the World), who was recently asked by Murdoch to become CEO of Dow Jones, which owns The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Politicians, however, are invisible. A "David Hill" is listed but it is an American broadcasting executive, rather than the former Downing Street communications chief. Murdoch has a hotline to Australian-born Robert Thomson, editor of The Times when this speed dial list is believed to have been compiled in 2005, now publisher of the WSJ. But though Col Allan, editor of the mass tabloid New York Post, is there, his British equivalent, Rebekah Wade, the editor of The Sun, is notable only by her absence.

*Roger Ailes: President, Fox News Channel

*Col Allan: Editor, New York Post

*David Hill: President of Direct TV

*Tarak Ben Anmar: Tunisian financier/movie producer

*Mark Booth: CEO, BSkyB

*Chase Carey (both in Los Angeles and New York): President-CEO, DirecTV

*Peter Chernin: President-Chief Operating Officer, News Corp

*Preston Beckman: Executive Vice-President for strategic planning, Fox

*David Devoe, Chief Financial Officer, News Corp.

*Jim Giannopoulos: President, 20th Century Fox Films

*Gary Ginsberg: Executive Vice-President, News Corp.

*Les Hinton: Chairman, News International; now CEO, Dow Jones

*James Murdoch (twice)

*Lachlan Murdoch

*Elisabeth Murdoch

*Lawrence "Lon" Jacobs: Senior Executive Vice President/Group General Counsel, News Corp

*Mark Jung: former CEO of IGN

*Peter Levinsohn, former Fox President of Digital Media, current head of Fox Interactive Media

*Jon Nesvig: President of Sales, Fox Broadcasting

*Tom Rothman: Co-Chairman, Fox Filmed Entertainment

*Ross Levinsohn: former President, Fox Interactive Media

*Peter Liguori: President, Fox Broadcasting Company

*Robert Thomson: Publisher, Wall Street Journal; former editor, The Times

*Wendi Deng Murdoch

*Tony Vinciquerra: President-CEO, Fox Networks Group

*Jeremy Phillips: SVP, Office of the Chairman, News Corp

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
ebookA unique anthology of reporting and analysis of a crucial period of history
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Guru Careers: Software Developer / Web Developer

£30 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Software / Web Developer (PHP / MYSQL) i...

Guru Careers: Account Executive

£18 - 20k + Benefits: Guru Careers: An Account Executive is needed to join one...

Reach Volunteering: Volunteer Trustee with Management, Communications and Fundraising

Voluntary and unpaid, reasonable expenses are reimbursable: Reach Volunteering...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant

£20000 - £25000 per annum + uncapped commission, Benefits, OTE £100k: SThree: ...

Day In a Page

Blundering Tony Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
The rise of Lego Clubs: How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships

The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada