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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, DC 20549

 

FORM 10-K

 

ANNUAL REPORT

PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d)

OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

(Mark One)

x

Annual report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2007

or

 

¨

Transition report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934

For the transition period from             to             

Commission file number 001-32352

 

NEWS CORPORATION

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

 

 

 

 

Delaware

 

26-0075658

(State or Other Jurisdiction of

Incorporation or Organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)

 

 

 

 

1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York

 

10036

(Address of Principal Executive Offices)

 

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (212) 852-7000

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

 

 

 

 

Title of Each Class

 

Name of Each Exchange On Which Registered

Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

 

New York Stock Exchange

Class B Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share

 

New York Stock Exchange

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:

None

(Title of class)

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act of 1933.    Yes  x    No  ¨

Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.    Yes   ¨     No   x

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes   x     No   ¨

Indicate by a check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant’s knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer or a non-accelerated filer. See definition of “accelerated filer and large accelerated filer” in Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.

Large Accelerated Filer  x                            Accelerated Filer  ¨                            Non-accelerated Filer  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.    Yes   ¨     No   x

As of December 29, 2006, which was the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, the aggregate market value of News Corporation’s Class A Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, held by non-affiliates was approximately $45,435,573,995, based upon the closing price of $21.48 per share as quoted on the New York Stock Exchange on that date, and the aggregate market value of News Corporation’s Class B Common Stock, par value $0.01 per share, held by non-affiliates was approximately $15,100,155,432, based upon the closing price of $22.26 per share as quoted on the New York Stock Exchange on that date.

As of August 17, 2007, 2,141,871,251 shares of Class A Common Stock and 986,520,953 Class B Common Stock were outstanding.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

Certain information required for Part III of this Annual Report on Form 10-K is incorporated by reference to the News Corporation definitive Proxy Statement for its 2007 Annual Meeting of Stockholders, which shall be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to Regulation 14A of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, within 120 days of News Corporation’s fiscal year end.

 

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

  

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PART I

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

Item 1.

  

Business

  

1

Item 1A.

  

Risk Factors

  

29

Item 1B.

  

Unresolved Staff Comments

  

31

Item 2.

  

Properties

  

31

Item 3.

  

Legal Proceedings

  

33

Item 4.

  

Submission of Matters to a Vote of Stockholders

  

38

 

 

 

PART II

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

Item 5.

  

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

  

39

Item 6.

  

Selected Financial Data

  

41

Item 7.

  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

  

43

Item 7A.

  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

  

78

Item 8.

  

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

  

79

Item 9.

  

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

  

160

Item 9A.

  

Controls and Procedures

  

160

Item 9B.

  

Other Information

  

160

 

 

 

PART III

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

Item 10.

  

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

  

160

Item 11.

  

Executive Compensation

  

161

Item 12.

  

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholders Matters

  

161

Item 13.

  

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

  

161

Item 14.

  

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

  

162

 

 

 

PART IV

  

 

  

 

 

 

 

Item 15.

  

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

  

162

 

  

Signatures

  

163
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