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Thomas S. Murphy

Capital Cities/ABC

1966 - 1990

Entertainment & Broadcast Media

Military ServiceNavy
1960 b. 1925
male
EducationTwoDegree
UndergraduateCornell University
GraduateMBA, Harvard University
Personal
Born-Died1925
BirthplaceNew York (NY)
RaceWhite
FatherPolitician
Era - 1960

At the age of 29, Murphy took control of a nearly bankrupt television station in Albany, NY, that would become a launching point for a media empire worth over $5 billion. Through successfully acquiring and integrating over 30 media companies (newspapers, TV and radio stations, and publishing houses) including the 1986 pivotal acquisition of American Broadcasting Company, Murphy built a communications giant known for tight financial control and strong, lean management.