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News Corp. Considering an All ‘Simpsons’ Channel

Even though “The Simpsons” stopped being funny about 37 seasons ago, it’s still a huge money maker for News Corporation. Naturally, the company is looking into ways to exploit that. One such idea is an all Simpsons channel, said News Corp.’s Chief Operating Officer, Chase Carey.

According to The Los Angeles Times, while addressing industry bigwigs at a conference in California, Carey brought up the idea:

Carey said there have been a ‘number of meetings’ to determine how to capitalize on its library of episodes of ‘The Simpsons’ and he mentioned a digital channel featuring nothing but Homer and the gang as being a possibility.

Yesterday Carey spoke about it again, reports Forbes. “The point I was making, which I will reemphasize, is that this is a unique franchise… and it provides us a unique opportunity to do some interesting things with it,” said Carey.

Unless they can somehow make it funny again, we’re not sold. But hey, maybe this is just a smoke screen. Maybe talking about a channel filled with nothing but the zany antics of a yellow family with a lazy dad is enough to make people forget about the more pressing matters at hand.

Are The Simpsons Getting Their Own TV Channel?

News Corp. chief operating officer Chase Carey tossed out an idea Tuesday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media Communications & Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills — a television channel devoted to just The Simpsons.

With the show entering its 23rd season starting on Sept. 25, Carey and Fox are brainstorming ideas on how to generate additional revenue for the Matt Groening cartoon.

One of those ideas is a channel that features nothing but The Simpsons, which airs their 500th episode later this season.

Even if this longshot idea comes to fruition, fans of Homer, Marge, Lisa, Bart and Maggie will have to wait until the show ends on Fox as current syndication rerun deals would prevent the launch of the channel.


Huge Bonuses Show It’s Still Good to Be Part of News Corp.

Even though News Corp. is fighting off the pesky phone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch and friends (that sounds like a bad Saturday morning cartoon) are still making bank. According to The Guardian, Murdoch got a $12.5 million bonus for this past fiscal year, boosting his total pay up 47 percent to $33 million. The rest of the company’s leadership did well too.

James Murdoch might be skating on thin ice, but that ice is made out of $100 bills. Yeah, that doesn’t really make any sense, but c’mon, it’s the Friday before a holiday. James received a $6 million cash bonus taking his total to about $18 million — a 74 percent increase.

Chase Carey had a good year as well, taking in a $10 million bonus for a total of $30 million. Then there’s Roger Ailes, the mastermind of Fox News. He only got a $1.5m bonus, bringing his pay up to $15.5 million.

Not bad for a company that’s supposedly facing some tough times, right?

James has reportedly just turned down his bonus because of the phone hacking scandal.

Rupert Murdoch Endorses Chase Carey as Successor

When we learned that Rupert Murdoch would be participating in News Corp.’s earnings call yesterday, we figured the question of who would take the reins of the company would come up. It did, and here is what Murdoch replied, according to Reuters: “Chase is my partner and if anything happened to me I’m sure he’ll get it immediately.”

This is obviously a big change from what had been planned before the phone hacking scandal. James Murdoch was widely believed to be next in line for News Corp., but his name has taken a hit since the scandal broke, and he’s also been accused of lying to Parliament during his testimony. Of course Murdoch said that he had “full confidence” in his son, but Chase Carey is officially now the man.

Murdoch has to deal with a pissed off son, but at least he has some reason to smile – News Corp. posted a profit of $982 million, which is $80 million more than last year.

And we thought this scandal was going to be a big deal.

Rupert Murdoch to Participate in News Corp. Quarterly Call

Well, this should be fun. Reuters is reporting that Rupert Murdoch is going to be participating in News Corporation’s quarterly earnings call. Murdoch is going to field questions from both analysts and members of the press during the call, and you can expect that most of the inquiries will be about the phone hacking scandal.

There will also probably be some questions about who is going to take over for Murdoch and when that will be.

Here are some things that Murdoch is likely to hear:

  • Did you hack my conversation with my friend Dave this morning?
  • Are you sure you didn’t hack my conversation with my friend Dave this morning?
  • Is Chase Carey going to succeed you?
  • When will Carey succeed you – like tomorrow?
  • I didn’t mean what I said about Dave.

News Corp. Dropping BSkyB Bid

That sound you  just heard was Rupert Murdoch reluctantly and angrily slamming the door on the BSkyB bid. We guessed yesterday that News Corp.’s plan to take complete control over British Sky Broadcasting was toast, and now it’s official. BSkyB reports, “News Corporation announces that it no longer intends to make an offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of British Sky Broadcasting Group PLC (“BSkyB”) not already owned by it.”

Chase Carey, News Corp.’s Deputy Chairman, said of the big news, “We believed that the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corporation would benefit both companies, but it has become clear that it is too difficult to progress in this climate.”

Yeah, things tend to get a little sticky when vast corruption is rumored to be present in virtually every media unit owned by your company. Makes deals and such a little difficult. FishbowlNY suggests using sticky notes with the following written on them: “Corruption = Bad for business. No corruption = Good for business.”

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The Daily Lost $10 Million in the First Quarter

According to WWDChase Carey, Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation, said that The Daily lost $10 million in the first quarter. Because that’s such a huge number, we thought we’d put it into perspective for you, with a tiny list of items you could purchase for $10 million. Enjoy.

Things You Could Buy With The Money The Daily Lost In One Quarter
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  1. 166,165 pairs of J. Crew Broken-in Chino Pants
  2. 133,333 back waxings from Frederic Fekkai’s Salon on Fifth Avenue
  3. 588,235 regular pies from Not Ray’s Pizza in Brooklyn
  4. Four Park Slope brownstones
  5. 6,666,665 hotdogs from Gray’s Papaya


Murdoch’s Successor May Be Determined by Timing

As everyone knows, Rupert Murdoch isn’t a spring chicken anymore. In fact, at 80 years old, he’s more like a winter rooster. So eventually the time will come when he has to name a successor to his News Corporation empire.

Most expect that person to be Murdoch’s son, James, who got everyone talking when he was promoted in late March. CNBC, however, has a different theory: If Murdoch steps down soon, Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey might takeover:

He [Carey] knows the company well, has worked with Murdoch closely, and he has the corporate experience, both at DirecTV, where he was CEO, and at News Corp, to run this kind of public company.

The great respect for Carey as an executive and operator provides even more reassurance to Wall Street that there will be consistency atop News Corp after Murdoch’s departure.

It’s an interesting idea, and one that makes plenty of sense, aside from one thing: Murdoch isn’t bothering with bringing all the family closer together than ever for nothing. If Murdoch needs to prolong his retirement to make sure James knows the ropes, he will. Much like the rooster, Rupert looks out for his flock.


James Murdoch Named Deputy Chief Operating Officer at News Corp.

James Murdoch, the son of News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, has been appointed News Corp.’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chairman and CEO, International. He will be relocating from the company’s U.K. offices to New York, and reporting to News Corp.’s deputy chairman, president, and COO Chase Carey.

In a press release, Carey said about the appointment: “We are confident that James’ deep knowledge of international markets, his proven leadership, and his passionate focus on building consumer relationships make him the ideal person to help us realize these opportunities across all our companies.”

James Murdoch in turn said about Carey: “Most of all, I am delighted to work even more closely with Chase Carey, whose extraordinary leadership is felt in every part of the business.”

Murdoch has been with his dad’s company for 15 years in a variety of senior positions, starting in 1996 as an Executive Vice President in New York. And now he’s back! His creeping ever higher up the corporate ladder puts him even closer to the position of succeeding his father, who is 80, as CEO of News Corp. Jealous siblings better watch out.

Rupert Murdoch Unveils iPad Newspaper ‘The Daily’ At the Guggenheim

Jon Miller, Eddie Cue, Rupert Murdoch, Jesse Angelo

This morning FishbowlNY ventured to the Guggenheim Museum on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, where News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch unveiled “The Daily,” the company’s long-awaited iPad newspaper.

Joining  Murdoch on stage at the event were “Daily” editor Jesse Angelo, publisher Greg Clayman, News Corp. digital chief Jon Miller and Apple’s Eddie Cue.

We also spotted News Corp. COO Chase Carey and one of Murdoch’s sons, James Murdoch, in the crowd.

Playing around with “The Daily” you get a sense of just how much time, effort and money went into producing it. It looks slick, and the content is strong.

Murdoch says the company spent $30 million to develop it, and operational costs will run around $500,000 a week, as a result, he said the bar for “success” will be quite low.

As rumored, it will cost $0.99 a week, or $39.99 a year, with Apple’s new subscription billing system. You can try it out for free for two weeks starting today, with Verizon on board as the launch sponsor.

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