Rupert Murdoch sent out his Holiday Greetings to his minions today. Fox News and Fox Business Network are mentioned by name, but the Wall Street Journal is not. Take that to heart, WSJ! The full dose of corporate cheer, below.
From: Corporate Affairs
Date: December 15, 2009
To: Corporate Affairs
Subject: A note to all staff: Mr. Murdoch's Holiday Greetings 2009
This has been one of the most challenging periods in our history, but,
as I wrote to you in February, the steps we are taking today will
define the character of our company for many years to come.
As I have travelled around the world, I have been struck by your
resilience and creativity, even in the face of the sharpest
advertising downturn ever. In tough times, our company is leading the
industry in expanding and adjusting our business models to reflect the
huge changes that are underway across the media landscape.
You've made difficult decisions and instituted unique solutions to
ensure our businesses continue to perform at the highest levels.
Thanks to your hard work, I am confident that we enter the new decade
strongly positioned, renewed in spirit and determination, and prepared
for more progress and success.
Together we informed and entertained, but more importantly, enriched
the lives of hundreds of millions of people across the globe. We
continued to pursue our goal of being the world's best producer of
media content, spreading the message of freedom we all believe in.
Across all our businesses we advanced our digital initiatives, while
holding true to our values and commitment to change for the better,
including our support for clean energy and the environment.
In news, we asserted the value of quality journalism in society. Many
of our newspapers are among the world's best performing. In
publishing, we produced stories that captured readers' interests and
aspirations and made impressive strides towards books' digital future.
In movies, we are providing the most compelling and advanced filmed
entertainment in the industry. Blockbusters like Ice Age 3 and Avatar
may well change forever the way movies are made. Our international TV
assets expanded in many countries and languages, including the number
one network group in the world's largest democracy, India. We extended
pay-TV in Western Europe. FOX News in the U.S. remains the undisputed
cable news leader. FOX Business Network is growing its viewership and
Fox Broadcasting Company had its best fall season ever.
Alone, each of these accomplishments is impressive. Together, they are
a record of achievement few, if any, companies can match. Above all,
they reflect the immense talent and leadership that you and your
colleagues around the world bring to News Corporation every day. We
are stronger because of your dedication. I am very grateful for your
efforts and very proud of your performance.
My sincere best wishes to you and your families for the holidays.