This is a co-production between Electric Pictures and Brook Lapping Productions.
The life and times of the most talked about media mogul on the planet.
“He’s curious, a visionary and a maverick, he’s a game changer, that’s who he is.” – Hugh Jackman
“Rupert Murdoch has had more influence on the world business scene than any other Australian.” – John Howard
Murdoch reveals Rupert as both a deeply divisive and remarkably successful tycoon who is considered awe-inspiring and terrifying to those he comes into contact with.
Today, at the age of 82, Rupert dominates the world’s media landscape through the power of his News Corporation.
However, his journey to the top has been peppered with hard-fought battles. When he was just 22, Murdoch’s Oxford University studies were interrupted by the sudden death of his father, Sir Keith Murdoch. He returned home to Australia and found himself in charge of his first newspaper in Adelaide.
Over the six decades that followed, Rupert battled his fierce Sydney rivals, faced down the British ‘Establishment’, forced his way into Hollywood, and today counts the richest, most powerful men and women in the world as his friends and confidents. High profile interviewees including Tony Blair and Australia’s own Barry Humphries, John Howard, Kim Williams CEO News Limited, Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman are featured in Murdoch.
Now married to his third wife, Wendi Deng, nearly half his age, Rupert has a new lease on life with his two young daughters but currently faces his biggest battle with the bombshell of the UK phone hacking scandal.
This is the inside story of arguably the most influential and controversial Australian.
“Like the late Fuhrer he controls the media for his own personal benefit, he is power crazed I think for money and power.” Ted Turner, Founder of CNN
Starts Sunday 5 May, 8.30pm on SBS ONE.
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