Thomson rose from a journalism cadetship on the Melbourne Herald to become the most powerful newspaper executive in the world. A gifted reporter, he was posted to Beijing in the mid-1980s by Fairfax newspapers, then joined The Financial Times as China and later Japan correspondent. Recalled to London, he served in various editing roles before heading the paper’s US edition in New York, where he caught the eye of Rupert Murdoch. In March 2002, Murdoch appointed Thomson editor of the London Times. He was the first Australian-born journalist to hold the job. By 2013 Thomson was chief executive of News Corp and in control of all the Murdoch publishing assets in the US, Europe and Australia.
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Receiving award at 2014 Hall of Fame dinner (3:19)