A note from VF’s editor in chief on the May issue.
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EDITOR IN CHIEF
The sword of Dominion may no longer be hanging over Rupert Murdoch’s empire, thanks to an eleventh-hour, $787.5 million settlement. But like his fictional counterpart Logan Roy, the 92-year-old titan still has to figure out which, if any, of his children deserve to assume control of his media empire when he’s gone.
In our annual Dynasty Issue, Gabriel Sherman, who has reported on Fox and the Murdochs for more than a decade, digs deep into the ties that bind and the lines that divide King Rupert, his six children, and his four ex-wives to game out the future of their media empire. The drama may get deliciously petty, but the arc is Shakespearean and the stakes are sky-high, for us arguably as much as for them.
On Inside the Hive, our news and media podcast, special contributor Brian Stelter takes a turn in the anchor chair, going inside the News Corp drama as the Dominion dust settles (you can find his columns on VF.com). If you prefer your tyrannical patriarchs and squabbling siblings fictional, tune in to the new season of Still Watching, our TV podcast, in which VF chief critic Richard Lawson and staff writer Chris Murphy dissect each episode of the new season of Succession, with special guests from the cast and crew. Meanwhile, this spring, Vanity Fair Studios and Scout Productions present The Secrets of Hillsong, a four-part documentary series premiering on FX May 19 based on the magazine’s original reporting on the rise and fall of Pastor Carl Lentz of the famed Hillsong Church, its history of harboring abuse, and the dark family saga behind the church’s founding.
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TYRANNICAL PATRIARCHS, SQUABBLING SIBLINGS, AND MORE
Rupert Murdoch’s Succession Drama
By GABRIEL SHERMAN
It’s been a chaotic 12 months for the 92-year-old conservative media baron. As Fox and family insiders tell it, this could just be the beginning.
Fox News, Unapologetic and Unwavering, Steams Ahead
By BRIAN STELTER
Fox kept touting its ratings as the trial loomed, and now that it’s over, the cable giant is sure to remain focused on the bottom line.
Carl Lentz and the Trouble at Hillsong
By ALEX FRENCH AND DAN ADLER
When a cheating scandal blew up the Hillsong pastor’s life, some congregants were left to question their relationship with a church that cultivated its own kind of fame.
Who Will Take the Roy Family Throne?
By RICHARD LAWSON AND CHRIS MURPHY
Richard Lawson and Chris Murphy dissect each episode of Succession on VF’s Still Watching podcast.
Inside the Hive: Fox on Trial
By BRIAN STELTER
A capsule season of our beloved podcast, featuring Brian Stelter and guests on all things Murdoch, as the family and its company brace for more storms after Dominion.
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