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Murdoch's media empire in US is vast and influential

Americans who want to boycott all-things-Murdoch may find it harder than they think. His U.S. empire is vast and influential.
/ Source: news services

Appalled by the almost daily dose of lurid new details about the News of the World phone-hacking scandal? Feeling like you need to get back at News Corp. and its owner Rupert Murdoch by hitting them in the bottom line? Well, Americans who want to boycott all-things-Murdoch may find it harder than they think.

NPR has compiled a list of News Corp.'s largest and most popular businesses. The list shows just how vast his media empire is here in the U.S. You'd almost have to live under a rock not to bump into something he owns.

The list includes:

  • Fox Searchlight Pictures: A subsidiary of Fox Filmed Entertainment and News Corp. that distributed "The Tree of Life," "Black Swan" and "127 Hours"
  • A News Corp. joint venture with NBC Universal and Disney where you can watch new episodes from "South Park" and "The Office" online for free. ( is a joint venture of Microsoft Corp. and NBC Universal.)
  • Fox News Channel: Owned by News Corp., it is the most-watched 24-hour cable news channel.
  • Fox Sports Radio Network: owned by News Corp. where you can listen to popular radio personalities Chris Myers and Steve Hartman.
  • National Geographic Channel: Fox owns a majority of the network where you can watch "Locked-up Abroad" and "Dog Whisperer."
  • The Wall Street Journal: News Corp. owns WSJ publisher Dow Jones, and the newspaper ranks as the top daily in the United States, with average daily print and digital circulation of 2.1 million.
  • The New York Post: Owned by News Corp. and famous in New York for its Page Six section that features celebrity gossip of the day
  • The Los Angeles Lakers and The New York Rangers: Murdoch has partial ownership in the basketball and hockey teams.
  • Staples Center in L.A. and Madison Square Garden in N.Y.: Murdoch also owns parts of these venues.
  • "American Idol":  The Fox TV hit is owned by News Corp. and drew in 29.3 million viewers for its most recent 10th season finale, according to USA Today.
  • HarperCollins: Book publisher, owned by News Corp. with best-selling titles such as "Sh*t My Dad Says" and "The Lord of the Rings."

The Washington Post has also published a helpful pictorial representation of News Corp.'s business holdings, including its assets in Britain and Australia.