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News Corp.'s Murdoch Says He Wants to `Live Forever' (Correct)

February 08, 2007

News Corp. (NWSA:US) Chairman Rupert Murdoch comments on U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton and succession at his company, the owner of Fox television and the Twentieth Century Fox studios. Murdoch spoke today at a McGraw-Hill Cos. media conference.

On succession:

``I just want to live forever, I enjoy myself too much.''

On speculation that James, Murdoch's second son who runs British Sky Broadcasting Group Plc, is being groomed to take over:

`It's too early to say. He's doing a great job at Sky. So far he's doing great.''

Murdoch also said News Corp.'s fund-raising breakfast for Clinton last year doesn't signal he will support her for president.

``She was very impressive in the way she handled issues, and sidestepped them,'' Murdoch said.

``She's a very considerable and intelligent lady, very calculating,'' he said. On foreign policy, ``she'd certainly be stronger and subtler than her husband was.''

Murdoch said one good candidate, in his mind, would be Newt Gingrich.

To contact the reporter on this story: Cecile Daurat in New York at cdaurat@bloomberg.net;

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Emma Moody at emoody@bloomberg.net.


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