Les Hinton

Former Executive Chairman, News International

The highs and lows of five decades as Rupert Murdoch’s most trusted lieutenant – building and running his global media empire.

21st June 2018

Les Hinton worked for Rupert Murdoch for over fifty years, starting out as a copy boy at the Adelaide News, ultimately spending decades as his most trusted lieutenant, running his global media empire. His memoir “The Bootle Boy: an untidy life in news” has recently been published to positive reviews. In this in-depth interview, he talks through the highs and lows of those five decades, taking in periods at the helm of Fox TV, News International, The Wall Street Journal; and discusses his resignation in 2011 following the News of the World hacking scandal. He shares memories of a decades-long working relationship with Rupert, their current friendship – and his analysis of what’s next for Murdoch, now they are poised to sell a large part of the empire Les helped him build.

 

Photo: Arthur Edwards

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