UPDATED WITH VIDEO: In a Q&A session this morning, Elisabeth Murdoch told the Edinburgh TV Festival, “I really harbor no ambition for that top job.” She was referring to her family’s News Corp, where a succession plan is still a question mark as Rupert Murdoch closes in on 82.
In today’s Q&A, she said the Murdoch family had met to talk about the future of the company, but did not disclose what was said. She did allow that the “consensus” is that James “is an incredibly able executive” and the one who has chosen to be within the company. She said the Murdochs were a normal, close family who happen to be in the spotlight and called the day last year when Rupert Murdoch appeared before a parliamentary committee, “heartbreaking.” Her father had said at the time it was the most humble day of his life.
The Shine chairman’s comment came the day after she delivered the MacTaggart Lecture at the industry gathering in the Scottish capital. Watchers interpreted her speech last night as potentially setting herself up for that top job as she spoke openly about some of the issues facing the company amid the phone-hacking and bribery scandals in Britain, and attempted to clarify statements previously made by her embattled brother James. She also came out on the side of the people when, contradicting something James said in his own MacTaggart in 2009, she said she was a supporter of the BBC.
You can watch Elisabeth Murdoch’s complete MacTaggart Lecture here: