News Corp. Scandal Transforms British Power List, Topped by Americans

Murdochs fall, government officials gain and American new media entrepreneurs dominate the top

What could bring together the Murdochs and all of their rivals in the British publishing world?

MediaGuardian 100, The Guardian’s annual list of the 100 most powerful individuals in the media world.

For those of us Stateside, a couple of things should stand out: For one, the News Corp. phone hacking scandal has transformed this year’s list. Those at News Corp., like Rupert, James and Elizabeth Murdoch, all fell a bit.

Everyone else involved seemed to gain.

The judge in charge of investigating phone hacking, Lord Justice Leveson, made his debut on the list all the way up at No. 10. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who belongs to the one party without discernable Murdoch ties, debuted at No. 20. Even Tom Watson, the MP who went after the Murdochs in the Parlimentary hearing, made the list this year, coming in at No. 45.

Also worth noting is that American digital and social media pioneers dominate the top. Four of the top five spots go to Mark Zuckerburg (founder and CEO of Facebook, above), Jack Dorsey (executive chairman of Twitter), Larry Page (CEO of Google), and Steve Jobs (CEO of Apple).

Also cracking this year’s list are the co-founders of Rockstar Games, Sam and Don House, and Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group.

No American print or broadcast media executives made the cut.