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The Entire D6 Interview With News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch (Part 1 of 6)

Sorry for the delay, but we’ll finally start posting all the interviews from the sixth D: All Things Digital conference that took place in late May.

Unfortunately, due to issues too complicated to go into, we have to post all the D6 interviews in several 15-minute parts (I know, I know).

But–as many readers have requested–they will all be available in their entirety over the next two weeks in this column.

Kicking off the proceedings will be what most of the attendees at the conference told us they considered their favorite interview, which Walt Mossberg and I did with News Corp. Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch.

Full disclosure: News Corp. (NWS) owns Dow Jones, which owns this site and the conference.

Nonetheless, Walt and I treated Murdoch in the same way as we did all the others we interviewed and think we succeeded in being–someone has to say it–actually both fair and balanced.

The interview with one of media’s most powerful moguls was wide-ranging, including: talking about the takeover tussle between Yahoo (YHOO) and Microsoft (MSFT) (Murdoch was mystified as to why it got botched); the future of newspapers (not so pretty for most); what he will do with The Wall Street Journal (cut the number of editors, for sure); News Corp.’s MySpace (Murdoch does not use it or Facebook either); and, perhaps most interesting of all, his take on this season of presidential politics (Barack Obama?).

There was more, of course, but judge for yourself how Murdoch did.

Here’s Part 1 of 6, which covers the future of print media, including the News Corp.-owned Journal:

Here are the rest of the videos of the interview:

Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6


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