Rupert Murdoch excused himself from his British newspaper interests, Chris Hayes attempts to distinguish MSNBC from Fox News, and the world loses one of its first and most fierce media critics to ever swing at the inside baseball. These are your Monday Morning Media Briefs:
A trio of civil lawsuits will be filed in American courts against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Reports in the Daily Mail and Daily Beast indicate attorney Mark Lewis is prepared to file suit on behalf of three unnamed clients in America, claiming the phone hacking, believed to be a U.K. phenomenon until now, took place here as well:
2011 was a hell of a year to be the person charged with spinning the public image of News Corp, with that whole phone hacking scandal and all.
Police in the United Kingdom made new arrests Saturday as part of “Operation Elveden.” The dead-serious probe with the Tolkienesque name is digging into allegations Rupert Murdoch’s Sun paid cops for inside information. News Corp’s Management and Standards Committee reported the arrests and took credit in the process:
Fox News was the first broadcasting network to rollout the breaking news ticker on 9/11, so it’s not exactly surprising that News Corporation is ahead of the game again. Following The Wall Street Journal’s launch of WSJ Social on Sept. 20, more news organizations will unveil similar ‘Facebook editions’ at Read More
The Wall Street Journal announced Sept. 20 the beta launch of WSJ Social, a Facebook news application that allows users to read, share and comment on content within Facebook.
“It’s an app that will live on Facebook,” said Daniel Bernard, digital product chief of the Journal’s digital network, at a launch party Sept. 19. Read More
Wendi Deng Murdoch, who made Tuesday morning by slapping her husband’s assailant at the News Corporation hearings in London, hasn’t let her family legal drama affect her unduly. Last Wednesday, she attended a Cinema Society screening of the film she produced, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, with guests including Nicole Kidman (the Australian pal Read More
Speaking earlier today on BBC Radio 4, Andrew Wylie, the literary agent, expressed his thoughts on HarperCollins, the publishing house owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.
According to The Bookseller, a British industry publication, Wylie said he had personally told Mr. Murdoch that HarperCollins should be “looked after a little more closely,” and Read More
News is trickling out about Rupert Murdoch’s big iPad play, tentatively named The Daily, which is expected to launch in December under editor Jesse Angelo. The project has already lured some big name talent, and James Murdoch talked up the company’s plans at a conference in Barcelona on Wednesday:
“We Read More
Rupert Murdoch was in Washington last night to speak at a Media Institute awards banquet (he talked about Waiting for ‘Superman’ and his affinity for Michelle Rhee) and he explained his recent political donations to Keach Hagey. Twice in this election cycle, Mr. Murdoch’s News Corporation has donated $1 million Read More