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Murdoch: 'Brave' Thatcher made Britain 'successful'

Media tycoon Rupert Murdoch claimed Britain is "far more successful" because of Baroness Thatcher's "brave leadership".

Mr Murdoch praised the former Prime Minister's role in facing down the trade unions in the 1980s and said the Government made it possible for News International to survive a year of industrial action fighting against a move of operations to Wapping, East London.

Rupert Murdoch. Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA

The tycoon wrote in The Times (£): "Mrs Thatcher understood that risk was a vital ingredient in a free enterprise society. She understood that such a society had to be led by a government with backbone.

"After the Second World War, in which the country lost a second generation of its finest men, Britain had created a dependency state. It killed off aspiration.

"In 1979 Margaret Thatcher set about its rehabilitation. She put the economy on a sound footing, she ended a culture of crippling strikes, she encouraged entrepreneurs to come here and set up their businesses.

"Thanks to her I have experienced in Britain many of my defining moments as a businessman, a Britain that is far more successful as a result of her brave leadership."

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Rupert Murdoch 'has dinner with UKIP leader Farage'

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that the News International chairman Rupert Murdoch invited the leader of the UK Independence Party for dinner at his flat in London on Tuesday evening.

Mr Murdoch tweeted this evening about how Nigel Farage, whose party finished a shock second in the Eastleigh by-election, was "reflecting opinion":

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Few days in UK, Italy. Politics both places very fluid, economies going nowhere. New leaders emerging on distant horizon.

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Boris Johnson, Michael Gove, few excellent, frustrated ministers. Farage reflecting opinion. Florence mayor Renzi brilliant young Italian.

Rupert Murdoch hints that Page 3 is 'so last century'

News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch has hinted that he believes Page 3 of The Sun may be becoming outdated.

Responding to an anonymous Twitter user who said it is "so last century", Mr Murdoch said he was "considering" whether he agreed.

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@kazipooh page three so last century! You maybe right, don't know but considering. Perhaps halfway house with glamorous fashionistas.

Page 3 of the tabloid has long been reserved for pictures of topless or scantily-clad woman.

Murdoch: 'Chinese still hacking us'

News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch has suggested hackers are "still" trying to gain access to his companies' servers.

News Corp's Wall Street Journal and the independently-owned New York Times revealed in recent days that their networks were penetrated at the weekend, potentially by China-based hackers.

Times cartoonist 'unaware' piece would be published on Holocaust Memorial Day

Sunday Times cartoonist Gerald Scarfe has issued a statement regarding the criticism he faced over a a cartoon published in the newspaper:

First of all I am not, and never have been, anti-Semitic.

The Sunday Times has given me the freedom of speech over the last 46 years to criticise world leaders for what I see as their wrong-doings.

This drawing was a criticism of Netanyahu, and not of the Jewish people: there was no slight whatsoever intended against them.

I was, however, stupidly completely unaware that it would be printed on Holocaust Day, and I apologise for the very unfortunate timing.

Yesterday News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch was forced to apologise for the cartoon, which he described as "grotesque" and "offensive".

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Rare picture of Murdoch at Sun management meeting

Left to right: Rupert Murdoch, Sun editor Dominic Mohan, Sun showbiz editor Gordon Smart. Credit: Twitter / @nravitz

Rupert Murdoch's chief of staff has tweeted a photo which shows a rare glimpse of the head of News Corp at a meeting with The Sun's senior management.

Murdoch is pictured here alongside Sun editor Dominic Mohan "making footy plans" following the company's purchase of video clip rights to Premier League matches for The Times and The Sun's online operations.

Former Times editor William Rees-Mogg dies at 84

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William Rees-Mogg (right) resigned as Times editor in 1981 when Rupert Murdoch bought the paper. Credit: PA Archive

The former editor of The Times, William Rees-Mogg, has died at the age of 84 following a short illness, the newspaper has announced.

Lord Rees-Mogg edited the paper from January 1967 up until March 1981, when Rupert Murdoch completed his purchase of The Times and The Sunday Times titles.

His younger son, Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg, said his father, who also chaired the Arts Council and vice-chaired the BBC during his distinguished career, had been diagnosed in recent weeks with inoperable oesophageal cancer.

News Corp to close digital-only paper The Daily

News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch launched the iPad publication 'The Daily' in New York in February 2011
News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch launched the iPad publication 'The Daily' in New York in February 2011 Credit: Reuters/ Brendan McDermid

Rupert Murdoch has announced he will shut the tablet newspaper The Daily from December 15, saying the business model for the publication was not sustainable. The paper was only available on iPad, iPhone, Android phones or Kindle Fire.

Announcing the decision today amid a number of changes to New Corporation and Fox Group, Mr Murdoch said the lessons learned from The Daily would be applied to other titles within the group. Technology "and other assets, including some staff" will be folded into The New York Post. He said:

"From its launch, The Daily was a bold experiment in digital publishing and an amazing vehicle for innovation. Unfortunately, our experience was that we could not find a large enough audience quickly enough to convince us the business model was sustainable in the long-term"

"Therefore we will take the very best of what we have learned at The Daily and apply it to all our properties. [...] I want to thank all of the journalists, digital and business professionals for the hard work they put into The Daily."

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