7 episodes

Rupert Murdoch is the media’s most powerful man. His newspapers and TV networks can topple leaders, change policies and throw into doubt the outcome of entire elections.
In this six-part series from Schwartz Media, investigative journalist Paddy Manning charts Rupert Murdoch’s rise from a small newspaper in Adelaide to his reign as the last global media mogul. Find out what drives Rupert Murdoch and what happens now he has handed over the empire.

Rupert: The last mogul Schwartz Media

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    • 4.6 • 199 Ratings

Rupert Murdoch is the media’s most powerful man. His newspapers and TV networks can topple leaders, change policies and throw into doubt the outcome of entire elections.
In this six-part series from Schwartz Media, investigative journalist Paddy Manning charts Rupert Murdoch’s rise from a small newspaper in Adelaide to his reign as the last global media mogul. Find out what drives Rupert Murdoch and what happens now he has handed over the empire.

    Introducing Rupert: The last mogul

    Introducing Rupert: The last mogul

    Rupert Murdoch is the media’s most powerful man. His newspapers and TV networks can topple leaders, change policies and throw into doubt the outcome of entire elections.
    In this six-part series from Schwartz Media, investigative journalist Paddy Manning charts Rupert Murdoch’s rise from a small newspaper in Adelaide to his reign as the last global media mogul. Find out what drives Rupert Murdoch and what happens now he has handed over the empire.

    • 6 min
    Two blasted young reds

    Two blasted young reds

    After his father’s death, a young Rupert inherits a small newspaper in 1950s Adelaide. There, he teams up with the paper’s editor to save a man sentenced to hang. When the paper is threatened, a ruthless streak emerges in the boy publisher. He brings down the man he saw as a father figure. 
    In the present day, Paddy finds an unpublished manuscript that sheds new light on how Rupert’s relationship with his first great editor fell apart.

    • 33 min
    The kingmaker and his king

    The kingmaker and his king

    Rupert wields enormous influence over Australia’s political landscape, but it wasn’t always this way. In the 1960s and ’70s, Rupert's struggle to step out of his father’s shadow drives him to launch the first national broadsheet. His gamble pays off when the paper helps elect our most ambitious and progressive leader, Gough Whitlam. 

    But as Rupert gets closer to power, he’ll learn just how far his papers can push the needle.

    • 35 min
    My dear Prime Minister

    My dear Prime Minister

    Off-the-record lunches, handwritten notes and a bouquet of red roses mark Rupert’s secret friendship with Britain’s most controversial PM, Margaret Thatcher. She helps drive Rupert to become the most powerful media mogul in the commonwealth. Together they will stoke wars against enemies both foreign and within. With Thatcher’s support, Rupert will pull off his most daring piece of business, and arguably the most cruel. 

    Paddy pieces together the evidence that binds them together and examines the scars they left behind.

    • 38 min
    Attack, attack, attack

    Attack, attack, attack

    By the 1990s, Rupert is cemented as one of the world’s most powerful and divisive men, but his unrelenting drive is beginning to take a toll. As Rupert makes his home in America, Paddy takes a closer look at two of his most consequential relationships. 

    There is his alliance with the man behind Fox News, Roger Ailes. Then there is his 30-year marriage to his second wife, Anna Murdoch. One will lift Rupert to new heights of influence; the other will crumble, but not without a parting shot.

    • 37 min
    Next in line

    Next in line

    Around the turn of the century, Rupert’s empire hits a peak. But he’s about to face two of the biggest crises of his career - the phone hacking scandal and the downfall of Roger Ailes. To survive them he'll use his two most loyal assets - his sons, Lachlan and James. 

    Paddy investigates the fraught relationship between Rupert and his two potential heirs. He explains how Lachlan ultimately won out, while James abandoned the family altogether. 

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
199 Ratings

199 Ratings

Hugo BA ,

Excellent Podcast

Soundly researched & a well considered piece of analysis. Great interviews and reflections upon those influenced and the associated vested interests.

Athlete61 ,

Balanced and absolutely fascinating!

Loved the detail and the in depth interviews.
Toward the end I was hoping Rupert wasn’t listening as his death was alluded to many times. :(
The Murdoch press has shaped my lifetime in many ways, so the insights were illuminating.
Thank you.

N. Parko ,

👍👍👍

Great yarns and interviews, and a great balance between covering Murdoch’s life and times and capturing the striking features of his life without getting lost in the minutiae. Paddy Manning’s book on Lachlan Murdoch is also well worth a read. More podcasts like this please!

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