Newscorp is one of the five large media conglomerates that control almost all of American media, and is the second largest after The Walt Disney Company. Currently owned and operated by founder Rupert Murdoch, Newscorp alone, not including its subsidary companies, brought in a net income of $2.7 billion in third quarter 2009.(1) Newscorp has operations in Film, Television, Integrated Marketing Services, Newspapers, Magazines, Books and the internet, along with other investments such as The National Rugby League in Australia. (2)

In television Newscorp properties include Fox Broadcasting in various languages and countries, MyNetwork TV, Fox Cable networks such as Fox News and Fox Sports, FX, the National Geographic Channel, Speed, STAR, Stats, inc; Fuel TV, Channel United States, Channel Worldwide, BSkyB, Foxtel, Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia.

In film their properties are 20th Century Fox, 20th Century Fox Espanol, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, 20th Century Fox International, 20th Century Fox Television, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox Studios Australia, Fox Studios LA, Fox Television Studios and Blue Sky Studios.

In integrated marketing services their properties are News America Marketing and Smart Source.

Their newspaper and magazine holdings are quite extensive, including 25 papers in Australia, six in the UK, and 3 major papers in the US: New York Post, The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones.

In publishing Newscorp owns HarperCollins, which has bought and integrated several other publishing companies to become an international giant of the industry.

Newscorp also owns,,, 45% of,,, IGN Entertainment and many other properties.

Originally founded by Rupert Murdoch in Australia, Newscorp grew quickly through the 80s and 90s into one of the most power companies in the world. While normally an Australian such as Rupert Murdoch could not own such a vast property of American television, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1985. (3)