News Corp shogun and avid tweeter Rupert Murdoch will be in the hot seat again this week, testifying under oath in the United Kingdom’s “Leveson Inquiry” into press practices. The 81-year-old billionaire will face new questions regarding phone-hacking and his and his company’s relationship with U.K. political figures.
Mr. Murdoch’s son James, age 39, will answer questions in the same hearing Tuesday and the elder Mr. Murdoch is expected to appear Wednesday and Thursday.
As If You Care
News Corp. Asia and Europe boss James Murdoch testified again today before Parliament, in light of evidence that he had misled MPs during the first hearing. Mr. Murdoch denied the accusations, implying that former News International executives Tom Crone and Colin Myler lied about making him aware of the widespread practice of phone hacking within the company.
Rupert and James Murdoch will be called to the Royal Courts of Justice in October for an official inquiry under oath reports The Telegraph.
Since the Murdochs’ appearance before Parliament in July, letters from former News of the World employees Tom Crone and Glenn Mulcaire suggest that, contrary to their testimony, the Murdochs were informed that phone Read More
Did Nicholas Schmidle’s New Yorker story “Getting Bin Laden: What happened that night in Abbottabad” give the impression that he spoke directly with Navy SEALS? Many critics think so, according to WWD.
Guardian journalist Nick Davies thinks James Murdoch will have a hard time recovering, politically, from misleading Parliament, as he believes reports Read More
Prometheus Media, which owns The Hollywood Reporter and Adweek, is launching an entertainment division that will take CEO Richard Beckman out of the country “for a considerable about of time,” reports WWD.
Amazon has brokered a deal with NBCUniversal’s Universal Pictures for their streaming service, which will come free with Amazon Prime membership, according Read More
Big Real Estate
This past spring, our Matt Chaban cracked the sale of the 40-foot-wide townhouse at 117-119 East 69th Street that the late Jim Henson used as a studio to craft his Muppets. (We’re quickly reminded of News Corp. employee Homer Simpson’s description of what a Muppet is for son Bart: “Well, it’s not quite a mop, it’s not quite a puppet, but man… [brief laughter] … So to answer your question, I don’t know.”)
And we don’t quite know what might become of the Muppet Mansion now that its purported owner, James Murdoch, confronts a full schedule in London. Here’s the thing:
If you have any investment in the News Corp hacking scandal hearings, you’re likely watching them (or reading a liveblog of them) at this very moment! And if you’re a cognizant human being, they very well might be driving you to drink before noon. In which case, we have a decent way to pass both the time and the sauce.
No sooner did The Observer report that Jesse Angelo had signed the deed for an East 69th Street mansion that once belonged to Jim Henson than News Corp. announced that Rupert Murdoch’s son James would be taking over the No. 3 spot at his dad’s company, as happened this morning. News Corp.’s Read More
Speaking at the DLD conference in Munich yesterday, James Murdoch, son of Rupert and head of News Corp.’s operations in Asia and Europe, said the currently-delayed tablet newspaper The Daily would appear in “a few weeks.”
He didn’t have much to report beyond that. The newspaper will still cost 99 cents a week Read More
Public figures of all kinds are aflutter after Oprah Winfrey’s dramatic announcement that she’s switching to cable. CNN did the thing where someone hands an urgent piece of paper to the anchor, the Daily Beast seems to have created a special “Life After Oprah” section, and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley is Read More