Rupert Murdoch may just have celebrated his 91st birthday, but advanced old age has not made him any less ruthless. Having been given the green light to merge the Times and Sunday Times, he has sacked virtually all of their well remunerated directors. This includes his own daughter Prudence, his child from his first marriage in the 1950s.
Also out is Andrew Knight, the former Economist editor, who has been on the board of Times Newspapers for 30 years, and was for a time regarded as Murdoch’s consigliere, and a force to be feared, but has since been replaced by Lord “Danny” Finkelstein.
Other casualties include Peter Stothard, who used to edit the Times, and Martin Ivens, who was pushed out of his post as editor of the Sunday Times two years ago.