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All episodes by Paddy Manning

Nov 27, 2023 •

Lachlan Murdoch’s first big move

At the shareholders meetings for News Corp and Fox Corporation this month, for the first time, Rupert Murdoch wasn’t the star of the show. The meetings signified that the transition of power from the 92-year old mogul to his eldest son, Lachlan, is complete.

Today, host of Schwartz Media podcast Rupert: The Last Mogul and contributor to The Saturday Paper, Paddy Manning, on what’s in store for the next era of the Murdoch empire.

Sep 27, 2023 •

Inside Lachlan's plans for the Murdoch empire

Rupert Murdoch changed the face of global media –- now, at 92, he’s finally stepping down from his empire and giving it to his son, Lachlan. Only a few years ago, it would have been an unthinkable succession, given their estrangement.

But Rupert and his eldest son reconciled and the elder Murdoch is ready to let Lachlan’s vision take shape. So, what is that vision, and what does it mean for the media in Australia?

Apr 26, 2023 •

Why the Murdochs settled Dominion and abandoned Crikey

From settling the biggest payout in US libel history, to the abandoned defamation claim against Australian website Crikey – It’s been a tumultuous week in the courts for the Murdochs.

By avoiding open court, they have tried to draw a line under the furore around Fox News presenters’ claims the 2020 US election was stolen. But will the Murdoch empire be able to move on?

Apr 3, 2023 •

Is Murdoch media about to turn against the Voice?

Questions being asked about the Voice to Parliament by conservative commentators, mostly in the Murdoch-owned national newspaper.

But The Australian wasn’t supposed to be opposed to the referendum, there was a time when it was one of the Voice’s biggest allies.

Mar 8, 2023 •

It's all about money: Rupert Murdoch's Fox News deposition

We now have the clearest insight into the inner workings of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. The mogul was forced, under oath, to answer questions about Fox News in a $1.6 billion dollar lawsuit against the company.

What’s been revealed is that Murdoch and some of his most famous hosts knew they were putting lies to air, and allowed it anyway.

Feb 16, 2023 •

Has Rupert Murdoch actually given up on his legacy deal?

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is cutting 5% of its jobs around the world, with over a thousand employees in the newspaper business about to be let go.

But it’s not the only upheaval within the Murdoch media empire. Plans to merge Fox Corporation with the newspaper side of the business have recently been shelved. So what does that mean for Rupert’s successor, his eldest son, Lachlan?

Jan 2, 2023 •

Lachlan Murdoch: The successor, with Paddy Manning

Lachlan Murdoch is the presumptive heir to the global Murdoch media fortune – and with his father, Rupert, now aged 91, Lachlan’s time could be imminent. But Lachlan’s rise to the top has not been smooth.

After a bright start, the first-born son fell out of grace with his father and was exiled to Australia, only to return to favour when the family was in crisis. Now it seems that Lachlan could be the successor to the empire after all. So what does Lachlan Murdoch stand for?

Sep 8, 2022 •

Will Lachlan Murdoch beat Crikey in court?

Rupert Murdoch’s son, co-chair of News Corp, Lachlan Murdoch is suing a small independent publisher in Australia over an article it published on its website.

The defamation suit, filed against Crikey a couple of weeks ago, could test Australia’s new public interest laws.

Aug 24, 2022 •

The state that elected Pauline Hanson and Clive Palmer is changing

The dynamics within the Greens party room have dramatically transformed – out of 16 Greens parliamentarians, five are now from Queensland. So how will they change the Australian Greens and what agenda do they represent?

Today, journalist Paddy Manning on the Brisbane Greens and how their “radical agenda” began to appeal to Queenslanders.

Jul 19, 2022 •

Succession S4: The Murdoch divorce

New details have emerged in the divorce of Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall.

After speculation their marriage ended over everything from smoking and drinking to Hall controlling how much Murdoch could see of his adult children, it is now clear that the real disagreement was over the division of the $71 billion deal to sell his film and television interest to Disney.

Oct 8, 2021 • 18m26s

The real 'Succession': Who will replace Rupert Murdoch?

Rupert Murdoch’s 90th birthday has focused discussion on who will take over the world’s largest media empire. Murdoch’s son Lachlan is making major strategic moves in his role as News Corp’s co-chair. Today, Paddy Manning on Rupert Murdoch’s succession plan, and what the media empire will look like under Lachlan’s control.

Apr 29, 2021 • 16m 51s

The Murdoch plan to save Fox

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire is one of the most powerful corporate influences right around the world, but in recent years it’s been through radical changes. Now it looks like Rupert is starting to hand power over to his son Lachlan. Today, Paddy Manning on Lachlan Murdoch’s ambitious plans for the family’s business empire, and how they compare to those of his father.

Jan 19, 2021 • 20m 38s

Climate change will kill you, part three: sickness

From thunderstorm asthma to the increasing prevalence of infectious disease, a warming planet is already making us more sick. In the final part of this series, we investigate how climate change puts us more at risk of disease. Today, Climate change will kill you, part three: sickness.

Jan 12, 2021 • 19m 01s

Climate change will kill you, part two: flood

In 2011 the Queensland town of Grantham was inundated with rain, causing flash flooding. It had a devastating impact on the town’s residents. But events like this are predicted to become more common, as the planet warms leading to more extreme weather events. Today, Climate change will kill you, part two: flood.

Jan 5, 2021 • 19m 52s

Climate change will kill you, part one: heat

In this new series, journalist Paddy Manning investigates the link between climate change and human health, and tells the stories of those who have become some of the first casualties of the climate crisis. Today’s episode is part one: heat.

Jul 17, 2020 • 15m 56s

The Prime Minister for NSW

As the pandemic worsens in Victoria, Scott Morrison has been careful to distance himself from bad news.

Apr 9, 2020 • 13m 30s

How coronavirus could break the NBN

The NBN is facing it’s most crucial test yet, and there are serious questions over whether the network will handle the unprecedented demand. Today, Paddy Manning on our virtual lifeline, and how it’s holding up.

Feb 17, 2020 • 13m 02s

Zali Steggall’s climate breaker

How a British model to end climate dysfunction is being introduced in parliament and could work here.

Aug 28, 2019 • 16m20s

Inside the Greens

The Greens is a party with a leader who many think is too mainstream, struggling with the growing pains of infighting and factionalism. It is also on the cusp of another step change.

Jun 4, 2019 • 12m31s

Morrison’s broad church

Scott Morrison’s cabinet is a careful balance between those who backed him during last year’s leadership spill, and those who backed Peter Dutton.

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