Rupert Murdoch Credits Inspiration Of Margaret Thatcher
The death of Margaret Thatcher has stirred intense reaction in the UK this week. The former British Prime Minister was a polarizing figure, but Rupert Murdoch has made no secret of his respect for her. Last year around this time, he told the Leveson Inquiry into UK media ethics that he remained “a great admirer.” Today, he penned a tribute in his London Times newspaper crediting her with being “an inspiration in my business life.” Murdoch had meetings with Thatcher around the time that he was bidding to acquire Times Newspapers, but has said he never asked her for any favors. Thatcher was famous for her stance against the unions during the 1979 strikes in Britain. Murdoch in his tribute called her “a risk-taker” who inspired his own position in the newspaper strikes of 1986, “the first major strike in private industry that had been won by the owners since the war.” Without that win, Murdoch writes, “We would not have the vigorous competitive press that is a feature of modern Britain. It was the same in the television industry. We took huge risks in creating satellite television which many critics derided as the end of civilization, but as a result, we created thousands of jobs and viewers now enjoy far greater choice.” In conclusion, Murdoch wrote, “Thanks to her I have experienced in Britain many of my defining moments as a businessman.”

Murdoch Mini Cast
Lachy Hulme will play Sir Frank Packer and Patrick Brammall will play a young Rupert Murdoch in Oz’s Nine Network miniseries Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch War, which chronicles the battles between the media tycoons from 1960-1975. Hulme played Packer’s son Kerry Packer in Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, the 2012 miniseries which examined how the Nine Network’s proprietor launched World Series Cricket in the 1970s, revolutionizing the game. Produced by Southern Star John Edwards, Power Games will depict the battles between Packer senior and Murdoch for control of Australia’s newspaper and TV industries, a fierce rivalry which did not preclude a mutual respect for each other’s talents and drive. Endemol Distribution will handle international sales. Brammall’s credits include the ABC-TV comedies The Elegant Gentleman’s Guide To Knife-Fighting, The Strange Calls and A Moody Christmas.

Management 360 Signs Three Aussie Actors
Alexander England, Lincoln Younes and Anna Bamford have signed with Management 360. England has credits including the miniseries Paper Giants: Magazine Wars and Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War and the series Wild Boys. Younes was a regular in the soap Home And Away and appeared in feature The Wedding Party. Bamford graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts last year and has appeared in ABC-TV’s Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. All are repped in Australia by United Management’s Natasha Harrison.