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Bitter Blood: Murdoch v. Murdoch

By: AYR Media
Narrated by: Alan Ruck
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  • Summary

  • Who will win the battle of succession?

    Rupert Murdoch is known as the media magnate who, over the course of 70 years, turned a small family newspaper company into the most powerful conservative media empire in history. With a net worth of almost $18 billion, he is not only one of the richest and most influential people on the planet, but his vast media empire has influenced governments and changed the course of history.

    Murdoch has been married four times and has fathered six children. He has exhibited a penchant for pitting his three middle children, Lachlan, James, and Elizabeth, against each other in lengthy competitions to become his favorite, and, therefore, heir to his businesses.

    In 2017, Murdoch announced to his children the unthinkable: that he’d be selling the biggest part of his media dynasty, 20th Century Fox. But only one of them could take the reins. Immediately, his children go to war, vying against each other for both their father's approval and his empire. The public and private feuds play out like Shakespearean tragedies, as the Murdoch family turns on one another in private and public displays of nepotism, sibling rivalry, entitlement, and international scandals.

    Narrated by Succession’s Alan Ruck, Bitter Blood Season 2: Murdoch v. Murdoch is a look at the inner workings of this famous family, told through exclusive interviews with key insiders, including employees, Murdoch biographers, and journalists. This is the tale of a family that battles for wealth and power at all costs, even if that means battling against each other until the bitter end.

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  • Trailer
    Mar 27 2023

    Who will win the battle of succession?

    Rupert Murdoch is known as the media magnate who, over the course of 70 years, turned a small family newspaper company into the most powerful conservative media empire in history. With a net worth of almost $18 billion, he is not only one of the richest and most influential people on the planet, but his vast media empire has influenced governments and changed the course of history.

    Murdoch has been married four times and has fathered six children. He has exhibited a penchant for pitting his three middle children, Lachlan, James, and Elizabeth, against each other in lengthy competitions to become his favorite, and, therefore, heir to his businesses.

    In 2017, Murdoch announced to his children the unthinkable: that he’d be selling the biggest part of his media dynasty, 20th Century Fox. But only one of them could take the reins. Immediately, his children go to war, vying against each other for both their father's approval and his empire. The public and private feuds play out like Shakespearean tragedies, as the Murdoch family turns on one another in private and public displays of nepotism, sibling rivalry, entitlement, and international scandals.

    Narrated by Succession’s Alan Ruck, Bitter Blood Season 2: Murdoch v. Murdoch is a look at the inner workings of this famous family, told through exclusive interviews with key insiders, including employees, Murdoch biographers, and journalists. This is the tale of a family that battles for wealth and power at all costs, even if that means battling against each other until the bitter end.

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  • Episode 1: You Will Not Have a Son
    Apr 6 2023

    Rupert Murdoch’s proposed sale of Fox’s entertainment properties to Disney causes friction between his children--Lachlan, James and Elisabeth--and raises new questions of who will become successor to the media mogul’s global empire.

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  • Episode 2: His Father’s Son
    Apr 6 2023

    The son of an ambitious and well-connected Australian newspaperman, a young Rupert Murdoch sets out to build a massive media empire with greater reach and influence than his father ever dreamed possible, conquering first Australia, then the UK and the United States, and finally, the world.

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This podcast provides interesting insights into into a family with immense influence. The narrator did a great job in making the story entertaining.

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Hard to rate the story as it was rather vile

Binged this in one sitting. oh the tangled webs we weave. Shockingly scary what the pursuit of money does. This podcast puts it all out there. it was presented in a way you could follow the jumble of toxicity. The only hero in this was Ann, wife number 2, for having the fortitude and forthought, and self-sacrificing nature, to protect her 'children' from being diminished by their father and his inevitable future dalliances. Well worth the listen. Searching for more by the same podcasters.

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Like nails down a chalkboard

While there are areas of inaccuracy in the content (Onetel happened in the 90's, whereas the Murdoch/Packer dalliance with Channel 10 was 2010 onward, not the other way around), and yes the subject matter is pure, unadulterated greedy filth which just makes any reasonable human being angry, I struggled most with being repeatedly exposed to the voices of some of the contributing authors, both male and female. Paddy Manning particularly sounds like a 90yr old bogan great-grandmother. You know the expression 'a face for radio'? Well this is a case of 'a voice for print'. One quote might have been acceptable, but these two waxing lyrical over and over again was like nails down a chalkboard.
Alan Ruck however was an inspired choice to narrate the series! Brilliant in fact, and I hope he churns out more Audible work. It's odd, I wouldn't rate the guy as an actor on screen, but here he is in his element, and (thank christ) helps you forget the aforementioned cause of my bleeding ears!

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  • Lori E. Kristensen
  • 07-04-2023

0 would be a better rating.

So I hate it when you listen to podcast and along with the story you get the author(s) opinions and/or political thoughts and opinions! NO!! Even though I was interested in the subject NOT interested in being forced to listen to said opinions! Journalist/podcasters just need to tell the story and let listeners form their own opinions!!

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  • First time Xbox'er
  • 10-04-2023

very interesting

I've heard of this media mogul family for years but never really understood the role he actually played.

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  • Kay
  • 08-04-2023

Family Drama

Look this was like watching a show. Such an amazing investigative look in one of the most powerful family.

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  • Eliot
  • 10-04-2023

Fascinating History of the Murdoch Family

I couldnt stop listening to this podcast. Alan Ruck is great as the narrator and the story of the Murdoch family continues to be fascinating.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-04-2023

great history, great timing

Very timely historical study of the Murdocks, given the pending lawsuits, Ruperts age and succession plans.

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  • Rick
  • 09-04-2023

Wow

This taught me a lot about the media platform in the pass eight years that I’ve never know I am just having a wow Effect. Very good I

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  • Melissa Donnelly
  • 21-04-2023

not my normal listen

The only complaint I have is that it's not an ongoing podcast. The episodes went by so fast and were left wanting one more episode.

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  • Eliot
  • 21-04-2023

Wow! Fascinating, gripping, addictive

My wife and I consumed this gripping story in days- we couldn’t stop listening, Allan Ruck was the perfect narrator and the story is so well produced. Kudos to the producers for exposing this dark tale of greed, money, backstabbing and power. The real Secession- Highly Recommend.

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  • Linda Renee
  • 17-04-2023

I agree - political slant and we are tired

I totally agree with previous reviews, Please STOP telling the listeners your opinion and leave us practice our own critical thinking skills. How ironic - as you tell us about this family's use of the power of propaganda.

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  • John
  • 09-04-2023

Nice work Alan

I'm surprised how much I liked Alan's performance. He has a natural way of speaking well suited to audio performance.

The podcast itself is a mediocre reshuffling of the Murdoch history, filled with comments from disgruntled ex-employees and competitors.

Media reporters behind the production of Bitter Blood will get their dopamine spike by pitching articles to Variety for kid glove coverage, make their fun succession references, and cry at the low listening figures and irrelevance of their work.

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  • Edgar Kindling
  • 19-04-2023

Very good investigative journalism!

This series is just a confirmation of what we already knew about this manipulative,greedy family. All they have is money!

Cherry on the icing is that they just paid off Dominion,so they admitted wrongdoing!

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  • Jane
  • 14-04-2023

Interesting details

Ofc most about Ruoert Murdoch has been outed, yet this series still contained ilsome detailed information that I was not familiar with yet.

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