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    Rupert Murdoch steps down

    enSeptember 22, 2023

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    • Murdoch's Reign as Media Mogul Comes to an End, Son Lachlan Takes OverMedia mogul Rupert Murdoch, who has shaped media and politics across three continents for nearly 70 years, is stepping down as chair of News Corp and handing over the reins to his son Lachlan, marking a significant shift for the media industry and the political and cultural landscapes of the countries where News Corp operates.

      Rupert Murdoch, a media mogul who has influenced three continents and run News Corp for nearly 70 years, is stepping down as chair and handing over the reins to his son, Lachlan. This marks the end of an era for Murdoch, who has been a powerful figure in media and politics, and his departure will have significant implications for the politicians and cultures of the countries where News Corp operates. Despite his announcement to stay on as chair Emeritus, Lachlan will now formally lead both Fox and News Corp, signaling his role as the heir apparent. This succession is not just significant for the media industry, but for the political and cultural landscapes of the countries involved.

    • Murdoch's Continued Influence and Russia's Energy Export BanRupert Murdoch's influence on his media organizations continues, as he provides feedback and shapes direction. Russia's energy export ban causes diesel and crude oil prices to rise significantly, increasing global economic uncertainty.

      Rupert Murdoch's influence on his media organizations remains strong, despite his plans to step down as executive chairman of News Corp. Employees can still expect to receive feedback from him, and his opinions will continue to shape the direction of his properties. Meanwhile, the global energy market is facing increased pressure due to Russia's latest energy export ban. The ban, which only allows for rare exceptions, is causing diesel and crude oil prices to rise significantly. The Kremlin claims the ban is temporary and intended to combat rising energy prices in Russia, but the lack of a clear end date has investors concerned. At the Bank of England, the decision to hold interest rates steady was met with a close vote, reflecting the economic uncertainty caused by these and other global events.

    • BOE Surprises Markets with Rate Halt Amid Inflation ProgressBOE holds rates steady despite expectations for hike due to unexpectedly strong UK inflation data, suggesting possible peak of rate increases in UK

      The Bank of England (BOE) surprised markets with a surprise decision to hold interest rates steady despite expectations for a quarter-point hike. This decision was driven by unexpectedly strong UK inflation data, which showed that inflation was coming down faster and broader than anticipated. While inflation remains high at 6.7%, the BOE's move suggests that progress is being made, and it may mark the peak of interest rate increases in the UK. The BOE's decision comes as other major central banks, including the European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve, have also indicated they will pause their rate hikes. While some argue that the BOE's pause may be merited given the recent inflation trends, others question whether it is too soon to call the end of rate hikes. Overall, the BOE's decision underscores the challenges central banks face in balancing the need to control inflation with the potential impact on economic growth.

    • Signs of improvement in the fight against inflationCore inflation dropped from 6.9% to 6.2% and services inflation fell from 7.4% to 6.0%, indicating a decline in inflation rates.

      The economy is showing signs of improvement in the fight against inflation. According to Chris Giles, economics editor for the Financial Times, various sectors have seen a decrease in inflation rates over the past two months. Core inflation dropped from 6.9% to 6.2%, and services inflation fell from 7.4% to 6.0.8%. While these numbers remain high, they indicate that inflation is on the decline. However, it's important to note that economic trends can change, so it's crucial to stay informed for any potential shifts. Overall, these developments suggest that the economy may be turning a corner in its battle against inflation.

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