Media mogul Rupert Murdoch takes to Twitter
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch has begun the new year by setting up in a new field of communications — he's started tweeting.
Spokeswoman Daisy Dunlop at News International confirmed Monday that Murdoch — recovering from perhaps his most difficult year in the business — is posting on Twitter under the handle rupertmurdoch.
The account was opened over the New Year's holiday, but many doubted its authenticity because Murdoch, 80, has generally tried to stay out of the spotlight as his media empire comes under increased scrutiny because of widespread phone hacking at his UK newspapers.
Murdoch faced harsh questioning in Parliament last summer and may face additional questions from the wide-ranging Leveson Inquiry into media practices later this year, but he makes no mention of these troubles in his tweets, which include the News Corp. chief's New Year's resolutions.
"My resolutions, try to maintain humility and always curiosity," he tweets. "And of course diet!"
Murdoch had attracted more than 46,000 followers by Monday morning, just two days after he started tweeting. His wife Wendi Deng has also started tweeting — she's wendi_deng.
She refers to the setbacks of the last year in her tweets: "A lot of bad things happened in 2011 but I hope in 2012 we can put them all behind us and sail on to a bright future for everyone Wxx."