The Sayings of Chairman Murdoch

On His Plans for The Wall Street Journal:

“We have no plans to change anything in the editorial.”

“[The Wall Street Journal] is absolutely my first paper, the Post is my second.”

“That’s my incapacity as a slow reader, perhaps.”

[What] I’d love to do is retire and be the full-time chairman of The Journal for a few years … but I’ve got too many responsibilities here and everywhere else.”

“What if they made The Wall Street Journal free instead of charging 80 bucks?”

“I just ask you to spell my name right.”

“I feel more restraint at the [London] Times than I would at the [New York] Post and so on. Let me give you another parallel: London. I walk around the Sun office a lot more than I walk around the Times office.”

“Huge raises for everybody. [Laughter] I’d have to see when I get in there.”

On James Ottaway:

“Those silly little Ottaway papers make more than the Journal does.”

—The Wall Street Journal, June 6, 2007

“It’s been a long career, and I’ve made some mistakes along the way. We’re not all virgins.”

“Agendas up to a point, and certainly crusades. But I don’t call all those shots. I haven’t got the time.”

“There’s such a thing as a popular newspaper and an unpopular elite newspaper. They play different roles. We have both kinds.”

“When The Journal gets its Page 3 girls, we’ll make sure they have M.B.A.’s.”

“I don’t know.… We don’t think we do. We’ve always insisted that we don’t. I don’t think we do. Aw, it’s subjective. Neither side admits it.”

“No printing plants, no paper, no trucks. How long would it take for the advertising to come? It would be successful, it would work and you’d make … a little bit of money. Then again, The Journal and The Times make very little money now.”

“It has a huge influence. And we’d love to challenge it.”

“To have these esoteric, well-written stories on Page One every day is great. But I still think you want some hard news. I’d try to keep many more of them for the weekend.”

Time magazine, June 28, 2007

“Being involved with the editor of a paper in a day-to-day campaign. Trying to influence people.”

“I’d love to wander around [the newsroom]. I’m not going to have much time to do it. I find people quite like it if I show an interest in their work.”

“I’m quite ashamed. I enjoy popular journalism. I must say I enjoy it more than what you would call quality journalism.”
The New Yorker, July 2, 2007

“I don’t apologize for the fact that I have always had strong opinions and strong ideas about newspapers; but I have also always respected the independence and integrity of the news organizations with which I am associated.”

“[Any] interference—or even hint of interference—would break the trust that exists between the paper and its readers, something I am unwilling to countenance. Apart from breaching the public’s trust, it would simply be bad business.”

—Letter to the Bancroft Family, July 25, 2007


Compiled by Julia F. Heming The Sayings of Chairman Murdoch