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Post by Tony Bennett on 22.02.11 22:12

Today has been a big news day about one Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of international media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Google News shows 333 stories about thuis on the web at the moment. Below I print just one of them, from the Independent.

Look at what the article says about her power.

Then remember that in late 2008, when Clarence Mitchell went to work for the McCanns part-time, Elisabeth's husband Matthew Freud slotted him in, no problem, at the firm they own and run, Freud Communications International.

Mitchell was the top media spinner for Labour, then worked as No. 2 in the Conservatives' election campaign under Murdoch man Andy Coulson, formerly of Murdoch's News of the World.

What can we deduce?

That Clarence Mitchell is a very very powerful and influential person.

Gordon Brown wanted him.

Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth and son-in-law Matthew wanted him.

David Cameron wanted him.

Now the question: was Clarence Mitchell appointed to help find Madeleine?

Or was he appointed for some other purpose?

Did you answer 'for some other purpose'?

If so, can I suggest that today's spate of 333 articles - making Mitchell-admirer Elisabeth Murdoch one of the most powerful media personalities on the planet - hints that that other purpose, whatever it may be, must be very, very, very important to certain powerful people:



More than seven years ago, Rupert Murdoch gave an interview to The New York Times in which he dwelt on the multiple talents of his second daughter Elisabeth, whom he named after his beloved mother. "She will probably sell Shine for a bloody fortune to someone," he said of her television production company, which was then less than three years old. "And then she will come knocking on the door, and she will be very welcome."

The scenario that the old media mogul has clearly been kicking around for a very long time became a reality yesterday, with Mr Murdoch adding Shine to his News Corp empire.

In her own interview with The New York Times, almost three years ago, Elisabeth Murdoch was asked if she could foresee a day when she returned to work for her father. "Yes I could," she responded. "Do I know how, or when, or what shape that would take? No. I don't really ever want to leave Shine. So I don't know how it would happen one day, but it's certainly not out of the cards."

Early last year she told The Guardian of the maternal bonds she felt towards her production company. "It is my vehicle, it's representative of me. I never want to not be part of it," she said, stating boldly: "I'm not leaving in 12 months' time." A year on, Ms Murdoch has played her hand, with the result that she seems to have joined up with the family business without letting go of her baby.

Elisabeth Murdoch, 42, is a remarkable woman, irrespective of her surname. So influential has she become in London circles that the society magazine Tatler declared her "the world's most powerful blonde" in 2007. She has managed to charm the British television industry, where a metropolitan and invariably liberal consensus prevails, while never losing the admiration of her father.

Although Shine has maintained a relationship with Sky, where Ms Murdoch worked previously, she has proved herself as a media entrepreneur. "She's quite clearly able to build a great company from scratch," said an industry observer. "It's quite possible that she could run [News Corp] in the UK. She could do that, though whether she would wish to is the big question."

As the wife of the public relations man Matthew Freud, Ms Murdoch is half of one of the power couples of London society. The Freuds hosted the London fundraiser for Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Guests at Ms Murdoch's 40th birthday party at an Oxfordshire priory included David Cameron, George Osborne, David Miliband, Tony Blair and Peter Mandelson. After the party, the Freuds flew to the Greek Islands and hosted a controversial dinner for Mr Blair and Rupert Murdoch on board their yacht, the Elisabeth F.

Educated at an elite college in New York state, Ms Murdoch worked first for her father's cable television company FX Networks. When he predicted Shine's sale in 2003, he was delighted with the performances of his sons Lachlan (then deputy chief operating officer of News Corp) and James (then chief executive of BSkyB). Asked if he wanted his children to succeed him, he commented: "I think it is a very, very human motive to see your work carried forward by one of your own."

Since then Lachlan has left News Corp, while James struggles to contain the ongoing scandal of phone hacking. Now he has another family option.
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