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Murdoch & News Group: Holdings

Holdings

This list is indicative only.


It covers -

  • book publishing
  • terrestrial broadcast, cable and satellite
  • magazines and inserts
  • film production and distribution
  • newspapers
  • sport
  • radio
  • technology and multimedia
  • music
  • outdoor advertising
  • other

Books

Imprints, primarily under the HarperCollins umbrella, include -

  • HarperCollins
  • Perennial
  • Cliff Street Books
  • The Ecco Press
  • Quill
  • HarperAudio
  • Regan Books
  • Amistad Press
  • William Morrow
  • HarperTorch
  • Eos
  • HarperEntertainment
  • HarperSanFrancisco
  • HarperInformation
  • HarperBusiness
  • HarperResource
  • Fourth Estate
  • Access Travel
  • William Morrow Cookbooks
  • Branded Books Program
  • HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Greenwillow Books
  • Joanna Cotler Books
  • Laura Geringer Books
  • HarperFestival
  • HarperTrophy
  • Avon
  • Tempest
  • HarperCollins International

Terrestrial broadcast, cable & satellite

United States

  • Fox Broadcasting Company (discussed in a supplementary note elsewhere on this site)
  • 85% of Fox Entertainment Group Inc which includes ...
  • Fox SportsWNVW - New York City
  • KTTV - Los Angeles
  • WFLD - Chicago
  • WTXF - Philadelphia
  • WFXT - Boston
  • WTTG - Washington D.C
  • KDFW - Dallas
  • WJBK - Detroit
  • WAGA - Atlanta
  • KRIV - Houston
  • WJW - Cleveland
  • WTVT - Tampa
  • KSAZ - Phoenix
  • KDVR - Denver
  • KTVI - St Louis
  • WITI - Milwaukee
  • WOFL - Orlando
  • WOGX - Ocala
  • WDAF - Kansas City
  • KSTU - Salt Lake City
  • WHBQ - Memphis
  • WGHP - Greensboro
  • WBRC - Birmingham
  • WPR - Chicago
  • KTBC - Austin
  • KVC - Austin Fox Sports Net
  • Fox Sports South
  • Fox Sports Pittsburgh
  • Fox Sports Southeast
  • Fox Sports Midwest
  • Fox Sports Rocky Mountain
  • Fox Sports Arizona
  • Fox Sports Northwest
  • Fox Sports West
  • Fox Sports Detroit
  • Fox Sports Bay Area (with Rainbow Media Holdings)
  • Fox Sports Chicago (with Rainbow Media Holdings)
  • Fox Sports Cincinnati
  • Fox Sports Intermountain West
  • Fox Sports New England (with Rainbow Media)
  • Fox Sports New York (with Rainbow Media)
  • Fox Sports Ohio (with Rainbow Media)
  • Fox Sports Southwest (with Rainbow Media)
  • Madison Square Garden Network (with Rainbow Media)
  • FiT TV
  • The Health Network
  • Fox Sports World
  • FX
  • National Geographic's cable channel (50% with GE and National Geographic)
  • Golf Channel (33%)
  • The Family Channel
  • MTM Entertainment
  • Fox News Channel
  • FxM
  • Outdoor Life (34%)
  • Speedvision (34%)
  • TV Guide Channel (44% with Liberty Media)
  • 34% of Hughes Electronics (satellite broadcaster DIRECTV with over 11 million subscribers in the US, 81% equity in satellite operator PanAmSat, and Hughes Network Systems)

United Kingdom

  • British Sky Broadcasting (40% - Vivendi may dispose of 24.5% of BSkyB)
  • Music Choice Europe (49%)
  • QVC (20%)
  • Sky Multi-Channels (over 40 channels, including the following in which BSkyB has an economic interest)
  • .tv
  • National Geographic Channel UK (50%)
  • Paramount Channel (25%)
  • Sky One
  • Sky News
  • Sky Soap
  • Sky Travel
  • The Computer Channel
  • Nickelodeon UK (50%, with Viacom)
  • The History Channel (50%)
  • Sky Scottish (50%)
  • Granada Sky Broadcasting (40%) - with Granada, now part of ITV
  • Granada Plus
  • Granada Talk TV
  • Granada Men & Motors
  • Granada TV High Street
  • Granada Food & Wine
  • Granada Health & Beauty
  • Granada Home and Garden
  • Fox Kids
  • Premium Channels
  • Sky Movies
  • The Movie Channel
  • Sky Sports
  • Sky Movies Gold
  • Sky Sports 2
  • Sky Sports 3

Germany

  • TM3 (66%)
  • Premiere World - 24% (owned through BSkyB)

France

  • 13% of Breton cable tv group TV Breizh (Berlusconi's Mediaset has 13%)

Italy

  • Sky Italia (inc Telepiu and Stream) pay tv operation

Australia

FOXTEL (25%) - with Packer (25%) and Telstra

  • Arena (50%)
  • Channel V (50%)
  • FOX
  • FOX History
  • FOX Soap
  • FOX Talk
  • FOX Travel
  • FOXTEL Weather
  • FX
  • Nickelodeon (25%)
  • Sky News Australia (33.3%)
  • UK TV (60%)
  • Fox Sports
  • The Comedy Channel (80%)

Asia

Star TV

  • STAR Chinese
  • STAR Plus
  • STAR Movies
  • STAR Plus Japan
  • STAR Movies South
  • ESPN STAR Sports (50%)
  • STAR Sports
  • Channel V (50%)
  • Viva Cinema (50%)

Phoenix Satellite TV (17.6%)

  • Phoenix Chinese

Canada

  • minor stake in CTV Sportsnet

India

  • ISKYB
  • Asia Today (50%)
  • ZEE TV
  • EL TV
  • ZEE Cinema
  • Siti Cable Network (50%)

Italy

  • Stream (minority stake)

Indonesia

  • Indiovision (46%)
  • Film Indonesia (50%)

Japan

  • News Broadcasting Japan (80%)
  • SkyPerfect TV (11%)

Latin America

  • Canal Fox
  • Fox Sports Americas (owned by Fox/Liberty Media)
  • Fox Kids
  • Telecine (12.5%)
  • CineCanal (21.5%)
  • Sky Latin America DTH Platform
  • Innova (30%) - with Televisa
  • NetSat (36%)
  • Latin America (30%)

Magazines & Inserts

North America

  • TV Guide (partial)
  • TVSM
  • TV Total
  • Cable Guide
  • The Weekly Standard
  • Maximum Golf
  • In Store
  • FSI
  • In Store (Canada)
  • FSI (Canada)

UK

  • Nursery World - sold to Exponent Private Equity October 2005

Pacific

  • Pacific Islands Monthly

Film Production & Distribution

  • Twentieth Century Fox
  • Fox Filmed Entertainment
  • Fox 2000
  • Fox Searchlight
  • Fox Family Films
  • Fox Animation Studios
  • Twentieth Century Fox Home
  • Twentieth Century Fox TV
  • Fox Studios Australia

Newspapers

News claims to be the world's leading publisher of English-language newspapers, with over 175 titles in the UK, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the US. It employs around 15,000 people worldwide, printing more than 40 million copies a week.

United States

  • New York Post

United Kingdom

  • The Times
  • Times Literary Supplement
  • The Sunday Times
  • The Sun
  • News of the World
  • Times Education (inc Times Education Supplement and Higher Education Supplement) - sold to Exponent Private Equity September 2005

Australia

  • The Australian
  • The Weekend Australian
  • The Daily Telegraph
  • The Sunday Telegraph
  • Sportsman
  • Herald Sun
  • Sunday Herald Sun
  • The Weekly Times
  • The Courier Mail
  • The Sunday Mail
  • Gold Coast Bulletin
  • Adelaide Advertiser
  • Cumberland Newspaper Group (20 titles in Sydney suburbs)
  • Leader Newspaper Group (30 titles in Melbourne suburbs)
  • Cairns Post Group (42%)
  • North Queensland Newspaper Group
  • Townsville Bulletin
  • Quest Community Newspapers (17 titles in Brisbane suburbs)
  • Northern Territory News
  • Sunday Territorian
  • Centralian Advocate
  • The Suburban
  • The Mercury
  • The Sunday Tasmanian
  • Tasmanian Country
  • Treasure Islander
  • Derwent Valley Gazette
  • Sunday Mail
  • Messenger Press Group
  • Sunday Times (Perth)

Fiji

  • The Fiji Times
  • Nai Lalakei (Fijian)
  • Shanti Dut (Hindi)

Papua New Guinea

  • Post Courier (63%)

Sports

  • New York Knicks (20% stake through partnership with Cablevision)
  • New York Rangers (20% stake through partnership with Cablevision)
  • Los Angeles Kings (NHL, 40% option)
  • Los Angeles Lakes (NBA, 9.8% option)
  • Staples Center (40% owned by Fox/Liberty)
  • National Rugby League Championship (50%) - Australian football

Radio

Analog and digital radio holdings include -

  • Sky Radio (71%)
  • Fox Sports Radio Network
  • Sky Radio Sweden (28%)
  • TALKCO (20%)
  • Radio Veronica (42%) - Netherlands
  • Sky Radio Denmark
  • Sky Radio Germany
  • Sky Radio Netherlands
  • ClassicFM - Netherlands

Technology and multimedia

Technology and interactive holdings include -

  • NDS (formerly News Digital Services)
  • SiVenture - UK-based smartcard consultancy
  • News Advanced Technologies
  • News America Digital Publishing
  • News America New Media
  • News Internet Services
  • Healtheon/WebMD (11%)
  • TheStreet.com (partial stake with New York Times)
  • Rivals.com (46%)
  • iSyndicate (partial stake with Scripps, NBC, InfoSpace, Vignette, and Microsoft)
  • News Digital Systems (UK)
  • Line One (33%)
  • Sportal (5% through BSkyB)
  • Orbis - interactive gambling software
  • News Interactive (Aust) - including NEWS.com.au, CareerOne, AustralianIT, FOX SPORTS, CARSguide and RealEstate.com.au
  • PDN Xinren Information Technology (50%)

Music

News has minor recording interests, centred in Australia -

  • Mushroom Records
  • Festival Records

Outdoor advertising

News Outdoor Group (NOG), established in 1999 and headquartered in Moscow, includes -

  • News Outdoor Bulgaria
  • News Outdoor Czech Republic
  • News Outdoor Poland (Town & City)
  • News Outdoor Romania
  • News Outdoor Russia
  • Kamera (Turkey)
  • News Outdoor Ukraine

NOG is concerned with billboards, advertising on street furniture and bus shelters, airport transit advertising and in-store point of sale displays.

Other

Other holdings include -

  • Broadsystem - customer relationship management services (UK and Australia), one of the UK's top five telemarketing agencies
  • News Optimus - (formerly Broadsystem Ventures) telephony and telemarketing services
  • SmartSource Marketing - direct mail and in-store advertising, promotions and merchandising programs in Australia and New Zealand
  • NewsMarketing - direct mail and in-store advertising, promotions and merchandising programs in Canada
  • New America Marketing - direct mail and in-store advertising, promotions and merchandising programs in US
  • Convoys Group - UK newspaper distribution
  • PLD Telekon (38%) - Indonesia
  • Newspoll (50%) - opinion polling
  • Jamba (51%) - ringtones

Disposals in recent years include Australian pastoral company F.S. Falkiner & Sons (2000)