News Corp. Meltdown
Tony Blair’s tanned and confident appearance before the UK government’s media ethics probe today was briefly interrupted when a heckler entered the proceedings and accused the former prime minister of profiting off the Iraq war through a contract with JP Morgan.
Want to see how Rupert Murdoch-owned newspapers re-write Rupert Murdoch stories in real time? First, three quick thing to keep in mind:
- The Times of London is a Times Newspapers-owned newspaper.
- Times Newspapers is a subsidiary of News International.
- Which is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.
A report published by the House of Commons’ select committee today concluded that Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person” to run a major international corporation, according to The Guardian. The Observer reached a similar conclusion while reading Mr. Murdoch’s batty Twitter feed.
News Corp. Meltdown
We may still be drinking coffee and fantasizing about running into Pat Kiernan on our walk to the L, but our media colleagues across the pond are hours into Day 2 of the second round of the Leveson Inquiry, Britain’s press ethics probe, where Rupert Murdoch has fingered Daily News editor Colin Myler in the phone hacking cover-up blame game.
A “polite” crew from the District Attorney’s office served Fox Mole Joe Muto with a search warrant at 6:30 this morning, Mr. Muto said on Twitter.
Officers took his iPhone, laptop and old notebooks, he wrote, adding that, according to the warrant, he is being investigated for charges including grand larceny.
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.
U.K. production company What’s It All About? has acquired film and TV rights to Good Times, Bad Times, Harold Evans’s memoir of editing The Times of London under Rupert Murdoch, Variety reports. Mr. Evans (Tina Brown’s husband) resigned from The Times shortly after Mr. Murdoch took over in 1981, over a lack of editorial independence.
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:
The Best Defense
The Sun on Sunday launches next week, making Rupert Murdoch’s first UK newspaper available seven days a week, even as its masthead is plagued by arrests and allegations of bribery. Here is a vintage pic of Mr. Murdoch released by The Sun for the occasion.
In a memo obtained by the Guardian, the News Corp. boss pledged his “unwavering support” to the new publication, which is staffed at least in part by employees of the shuttered News of the World.
Memo below, emphasis ours.
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