Michael Wolff


The Name Murdoch

It is impossible for the Murdochs to be voted off the board of News Corporation at the company’s annual meeting to be held at the end of the week on the Fox lot in Los Angeles, as several of the most influential shareholder advisor groups have advocated.

The Once and Future Steve Jobs

In 1998, Jay Chiat, whose agency, Chiat/Day, helped invent the Tao of Apple, was trying to convince me of Steve Jobs’ epochal importance. Jay and Steve had become good friends (although Chiat also regarded Jobs as being epochally irritating), and I figured his regard for Jobs was more sentimental than historical.

The Once and Future Steve Jobs

In 1998, Jay Chiat, whose agency, Chiat/Day, helped invent the Tao of Apple, was trying to convince me of Steve Jobs’ epochal importance. Jay and Steve had become good friends (although Chiat also regarded Jobs as being epochally irritating), and I figured his regard for Jobs was more sentimental than historical.

The Age of Ailes

It is tempting—as well as, in liberal circles, heretical—to try and separate Roger Ailes from his politics.That’s a fiery (and gassy) debate. Is the 15-year Fox News epoch more about politics or more about television? And is there a difference?

Sorrell Takes Out His Guns

Martin Sorrell, the chief executive of WPP and, arguably, the dominant voice in the advertising business, recently gave an interview in which he challenged the basic efficacy of social media as an advertising tool.

Is Content the Problem or the Solution?

The ever-mounting disarray at Yahoo, along with the not-so-far-behind-it disarray at AOL, is just another part of the long-in-coming conclusion that content doesn’t work as a business online.

The Soul of a Media Company

Recent events have branded—or reverse-branded—News Corporation. Its reputation, according to the company’s just-filed annual report, could be damaged dramatically enough to impair its business.

The Murdoch Summer

"At the end of the day not much changes, unless there is a smoking gun in the U.S.," says a banker I know who deals with News Corporation, as well as other media companies. His view reflects, I think, the basic business faith in the power of a controlling position—that is, the Murdochs’ effective lock on the voting shares of the company.

People Named Murdoch

The possibility that Rupert Murdoch would choose to close a 168-year-old newspaper, a profitable one at that, is nil. It’s just that the man at the top, who once called all the shots himself, isn’t alone anymore.      News Corp is a family-run company—and, more and more, a family imbroglio.

People Named Murdoch

The possibility that Rupert Murdoch would choose to close a 168-year-old newspaper, a profitable one at that, is nil. It’s just that the man at the top, who once called all the shots himself, isn’t alone anymore.News Corp is a family-run company—and, more and more, a family imbroglio. Some of the intrigue: