It’s said that the sun never sets on Rupert Murdoch’s media empire. From Donald Trump to Brexit to events in Australia, his news entities continue to play an influential – and hotly debated – role in shaping public opinion and government policy. In one of the Festival’s most anticipated panels, Daily Telegraph columnist Miranda Devine, author of Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power, David McKnight, and Vanity Fair correspondent and author of The Loudest Voice in the Room (a book on Fox’s Roger Ailes), Gabriel Sherman, join Saturday Paper editor Erik Jensen to discuss the agenda and reach of the world’s most enduring political kingmaker.

Supported by the University of Sydney.

Gabriel Sherman (International)

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Gabriel Sherman is a special correspondent for Vanity Fair and a regular contributor to NBC News and MSNBC. Until last year, Gabriel served as national-affairs editor at New York Magazine. He is the author of the 2014 New York Times bestseller The Loudest Voice in the Room, about the late Fox News C.E.O., Roger Ailes.

David McKnight (Australian)

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David McKnight is an associate professor at the University of New South Wales where he researches media, politics and history. His current book is Populism Now! The case for progressive populism. He is the co-author of Big Coal: Australia’s Dirtiest Habit, and was the author of Rupert Murdoch: An Investigation of Political Power, as well as Beyond Right and Left: New Politics and the Culture War, which won the Henry Mayer Book Prize. He co-edited Goodbye to All That? with Robert Manne. His book on the cold war, Australia's Spies and Their Secrets, won the Premier's Prize for non-fiction in 1994.

Miranda Devine (Australian)

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Miranda Devine is a columnist with The Daily Telegraph.

Erik Jensen (Australian)

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Erik Jensen is the founding editor of The Saturday Paper. He has written for film, television and the stage. His first book, Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen, won the Nib Award for Literature and was shortlisted for the Walkley Book Award and the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards. His most recent book is On Kate Jennings.