Father-and-son media dynasties

By Laurie Bennett

March 31, 2014 at 10:10am

The recently announced succession of Murdoch boys at News Corp. prompts New York Times writer David Carr to note the dominance of father-son relationships at the top of many media companies.

Arthur Ochs Sulzberger
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

Carr writes: “More so than any other sector in American business, media companies are a kind of father-son banquet writ large.”

What goes unsaid, although it’s understood by most, is that Carr is on the payroll of such a company. The Times, like many other publicly traded media companies, is still a family business.

The interactive Muckety map above shows some of the most prominent father-son dynasties in media.

The list includes not only the Times and News Corp., but Cablevision, Forbes, Advance Publications and Crain Communications.

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