The venue for the celebration was St Bride’s Church on Fleet Street in London. The church is known as the Journalists’ Church, considered the ‘spiritual home’ of those who work in the media.
The church, which has space for 150 to 200 guests, was closed from the public for the day.
Mr Murdoch famously killed off the historic link between Fleet Street and the newspaper industry in the 1980s when he moved the printing presses to Wapping in east London.
St Bride’s history reads: “On January 24 1986, some 6,000 newspaper workers went on strike after the breakdown of negotiations with Rupert Murdoch’s News International, parent of Times Newspapers and News Group Newspapers.
“They were unaware that Murdoch had built and clandestinely equipped a new-technology printing plant in Wapping. When they struck, he moved his operation overnight.
“Within months the printing dinosaur that was Fleet Street was dead. By 1989 all the national newspapers had decamped as other proprietors followed Murdoch’s lead.”