Posted by: Jon Fine on April 10, 2008
Many stories are told by many random objects on display at the Newseum—which I was fortunate enough to spend a few hours at yesterday, in advance of its official opening on April 11.
One of them is the phone Rupert Murdoch recently used for a few years, believe it or not, complete with an more-or-less-alphabetized speed dial list. (Judging from the execs listed on it, it looks like the list was last updated in 2005.)
Much of that list is reproduced after the jump, absent a few names I couldn’t properly make out through the display case.
Trivia-on-top-of-trivia: Most everyone was identified by last name only, with the exception of his family. His children appear as James, Lachlan, and Lis. As for the two listings for WDM, I’m gonna go way out on a limb and surmise they’re for his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch.
Among a list understandably studded with News Corp executives and operating heads, it’s interesting to find New York Post editor (and longtime Murdoch confidant) Col Allan.
At any rate, below you can find what I could make out of Murdoch’s speed dial, expanded to include their full names and current or former titles.
Roger Ailes: President, Fox News Channel
Col Allan: Editor, New York Post
David Hill: President of Direct TV
Tarak Ben Anmar: Tunisian financier/movie producer
Mark Booth: chief executive officer, bSkyb
Chase Carey (both in Los Angeles and New York): President-CEO, DirecTV
Peter Chernin: President-Chief Operating Officer, News Corp
Preston Beckman: Executive Vice-President for strategic planning, Fox
David Devoe, Chief Financial Officer, News Corp.
Jim Gianopoulus: President, 20th Century Fox Films
Gary Ginsberg: Executive Vice-President, News Corp.
Les Hinton: Chairman, News International; now CEO, Dow Jones
James Murdoch (twice)
Lawrence “Lon” Jacobs: Senior Executive Vice President/Group General Counsel, News Corp
Mark Jung: former Chief Executive Officer of IGN
Peter Levinsohn, former Fox President of Digital Media, current head of Fox Interactive Media
Jon Nesvig: President of Sales, Fox Broadcasting
Tom Rothman: Co-Chairman, Fox Filmed Entertainment
Ross Levinsohn: former President, Fox Interactive Media
Peter Liguori: President, Fox Broadcasting Company
Robert Thomson: Publisher, Wall Street Journal; former editor, Times of London
Wendi Deng Murdoch
Tony Vinciquerra: President-CEO, Fox Networks Group
Jeremy Phillips: SVP, Office of the Chairman, News Corp.
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