Media Tip Sheet: Rupert Murdoch Steps Down as Chair from Fox and News Corp.

September 21, 2023

92-year-old Rupert Murdoch is retiring from Fox and News Corporation boards, leaving his son Lachlan Murdoch the sole executive in charge, according to The New York Times. Rupert Murdoch will become chairman emeritus of the two companies and continue to offer counsel. The announcement comes as the Murdoch media empire, which includes Fox News, gears up for the 2024 and it’s unclear whether there will be any changes to Fox News’ direction under Lachlan’s leadership.

GW's Frank Sesno

Frank Sesno is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA). He previously served as SMPA director for 11 years, leading a faculty of nearly two dozen world-class professors who research and teach journalism, political communication and the impact of digital media in international affairs. He also created Planet Forward, a user-driven web and television project that highlights innovations in sustainability.

Sesno is an Emmy-Award winning journalist whose diverse career spans more than three decades, including 21 years at CNN where he served as White House correspondent, anchor and Washington Bureau Chief. He has covered a diverse range of subjects, from politics and conventions to international summits and climate change. He has interviewed five U.S. presidents and thousands of political, business and civic leaders — ranging from Hillary Clinton and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Microsoft founder Bill Gates and broadcast legend Walter Cronkite.

Before joining CNN in 1984, Sesno worked as a radio correspondent at the White House and in London for the Associated Press. He has won several prestigious journalistic awards, including an Emmy, several cable ACE awards, and an Overseas Press Club Award.

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