One hopes 81-year-old Rupe doesn’t go completely Hollywood like his fellow octogenarian CEO Sumner Redstone did over at Viacom when it spun off CBS. Redstone took the executive chairman role at both companies.
Sumner's greatest moment may have been the current Vanity Fair photo spread to mark Paramount's 100th birthday. It features 116 of its current stars and shows Sumner front and center seated next to Harrison Ford, Steven Spielberg and Charlize Theron.
As media mogul, Murdoch is currently a thorn in the side -- via Twitter -- of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and British prime minister David Cameron.
Murdoch, who met with Romney last week, believes the former Massachusetts governor is running a weak campaign. “When is Romney going to look like a challenger? Seems to play everything safe, makes no news,” tweeted Murdoch.
Romney people upset at me!Of course I want him to win, save us from socialism, etc but should listen to good advice and get stuck in!— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) July 2, 2012
To Rupe, Romney has a golden opportunity to spell out his plan for the “restoration of the American dream,” but chooses to remain close-mouthed. Murdoch considers the Obama administration “incompetent,” but he believes the president’s “tough” Chicago advisors "will make him hard to beat.”
As for Cameron, his government is a disaster, barring two or three stars. The PM’s idea of a U.K. referendum on continued membership in the European Union after the euro crisis is cured is typical Cameron double-talk, according to Murdoch, who sees no end to the euro mess.
Will the glamour and glitz of Hollywood divert Rupert’s attention to the political news of the day?
If so, Twitter will be a dull place.