According to Bloomberg’s Andy Fixmer:
News Corp. sank $1.08, or 11 percent, to $8.71 at 9:34 a.m. on the New York Stock Exchange after earlier dropping to $8.25. The Class A shares had lost 52 percent this year before today.
Miriam Steffens of Australia’s The Age quotes Mr. Murdoch saying the numbers are a “clear reflection of the current economic downturn, which we believe will persist throughout fiscal 2009 and prove extremely challenging for the media sector.”
Expect Mr. Murdoch’s biographer, Michael Wolff (The Man Who Owns The News, in stores December 2nd, just in time for that media-obsessed kid of any age on your Christmas list), to weigh in on his Newser blog any minute now.