Media Titan Dead at 84

Jun 26, 2012  •  Post A Comment

A major figure in the media industry, who was also a member of an iconic U.S. family dynasty, has died, the Associated Press reports. George Randolph Hearst, the grandson of William Randolph Hearst, was 84.

Hearst, the chairman of Hearst Corp., died Monday at Stanford University Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., of complications from a stroke, the company confirmed.

The story reports: “Hearst was the chairman of a privately held media conglomerate that traces its roots back more than 125 years, when his grandfather took over the San Francisco Examiner. Hearst was a director of the company for more than 50 years, the company said. He succeeded his uncle, Randolph A. Hearst, as board chairman in 1996.”

In the statement, Frank A. Bennack Jr., executive vice chairman and chief executive officer of Hearst Corp., said: “As chairman of the board, he brought his vast experience and wisdom to bear during a time of incredible growth and helped guide us through periods of enormous change.”

Hearst Corp. owns 29 TV stations and has shares in a number of cable networks. The company owns 15 daily newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and San Francisco Chronicle. Hearst also owns a substantial lineup of magazines, including Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar and Cosmopolitan.

George Randolph Hearst was also president of The Hearst Foundation and a director of the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the report notes.

He had roots in the newspaper business in Los Angeles in particular. The story reports: “Hearst joined the staff of the Los Angeles Examiner in 1948 and rose to vice president of Hearst Publishing Co. a decade later. He would become the publisher of several Los Angeles newspapers.”

Hearst was publisher of the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner, which had a long run as the city’s “second newspaper” after the Los Angeles Times.

The report notes: “One of his sons, George R. Hearst III, is publisher of the Albany Times Union in New York. He is also survived by his wife, Susan Hearst; two other children, Stephen T. Hearst and Erin Hearst Knudsen; his twin sister, Phoebe Hearst Cooke; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.”

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