Dr Mumbo

Game of Thrones News Corp style

Keen readers of Dr Mumbo will know he is a big fan of paranoid speculation, and loves to share when the latest rumours doing the rounds land on his desk.

Much has been written about the length of News Corp CEO Julian Clarke’s tenture in the role, beyond being a safe pair of hands in the post Kim Williams era, and also the broader aspirations of Ten boss Hamish McLennan.

But what if Hamish’s wider ambitions were for Fox Studios in America, where he would report directly to 21st Century Fox CEO Chase Carey? Not a bad gig most would agree, and one with a pretty rosy future, running one of the most profitable arms of the Murdoch empire.

According to the scuttlebutt, Ten’s current underperformance would not be a hurdle to this career move in a year or two.

And with News Corp potentially becoming more involved in Ten under changes to the media laws we could this see a broader shuffling of the cards around the Australian News Corp empire?Under this theory Clarke would return to retirement and lawn bowls having steadied the ship with Richard Freudenstein, former CEO of The Australian now CEO of Foxtel, taking the reins of News Corp.

He is replaced by his COO Rohan Lund, a former COO of Seven and who has already started making changes at the pay-TV network.

This leaves only one question: who runs Ten?

This is where an interesting, and maybe unexpected, candidate emerges — Nicole Sheffield the current boss of Newslifemedia, News’s magazine division, who also had an extensive TV background.

Wild conjecture? Absolutely. But anyone want to offer odds?


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