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Morning Media Newsfeed: Fox’s 49th Quarter Win | 60 Minutes Owns Up | RIP, @ColbertReport

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2014 Ratings: Fox News No. 1 for 49th Consecutive Quarter (TVNewser)
Fox News finishes its 49th consecutive quarter and 147th consecutive month as the top-rated cable news network, besting the competition in both total day and primetime during the first quarter of 2014. In addition to delivering cable news’ top 14 programs in total viewers and top seven programs in the adults 25-54 demographic, Fox News was the only cable news network to grow compared to the year-ago quarter. Despite a strong March for CNN, MSNBC held on to the second-place spot among the cable news networks in both total day and primetime. HuffPost The disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight 370 was one of the biggest stories of the month, and CNN — whose obsessive coverage of the plane has brought it both ratings victories and repeated criticism — reaped the rewards in March. The network beat MSNBC in weekday primetime in the demo at the end of the quarter, averaging 240,000 viewers in the 25-54 category to MSNBC’s 201,000. Those numbers represent a 71 percent increase in the demo compared to March 2013. Variety The numbers come as MSNBC pushed hard during the period to cover the “Bridgegate” scandal surrounding New Jersey governor Chris Christie, and they raise the question of whether CNN will be able to sustain its March momentum when and if the MH 370 story loses the interest of news audiences.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Amazon Prime Price Hike | McCarthy to Wonkblog | Drone Covers Harlem

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Amazon Prime Gets Price Bump to $99 A Year (VentureBeat)
Nine years after it launched, Amazon Prime is getting an inevitable price increase. Amazon announced Thursday that Prime will now cost $99 per year in the U.S., a slight bump from the previous $79 a year price. WSJ The Seattle retailer said the 25 percent increase was needed to offset rising delivery and content-acquisition costs. The $99 price takes effect for new members on March 20. Existing Prime members will pay the higher rate when they renew. CNNMoney In February, Amazon said it was considering raising the price to $119 a year. Prime members get two-day shipping on a large number of Amazon items at no extra cost, plus the ability to borrow Kindle books and stream movies and television shows. The company also said that it has increased the benefits of the program, now offering free shipping on 19 million items, up from only 1 million nine years ago. It also introduced its video streaming service in 2011 and recently launched Amazon-produced shows. THR The $99 price point may open the door for a tiered pricing system that would allow people to subscribe to Amazon Instant Video or Kindle’s lending library separately. Amazon does not disclose the number of Prime members, but research from Cowen and Co. estimates that there are about 23 million members in the United States, representing a 37 percent increase year-over-year in January. The research also indicates that 95 percent of Prime members visit Amazon monthly and 85 percent make a purchase.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Murdoch Caught on Tape | Al Jazeera Targeted | Trouble at Patch?


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Rupert Murdoch Caught on Tape: ‘We Will Hit Back’ (Gawker)
ExaroNews, a British investigative website, has just published the full transcript of a secretly recorded meeting between media mogul Rupert Murdoch and the staff of The Sun, a U.K. tabloid owned by News Corp., in which Murdoch admitted that he was aware for decades that journalists from his newspapers had been bribing both police and public officials. CJR / The Audit At long last we now have indisputable evidence that Murdoch knew about the culture of criminality at his newspapers. It’s fair to say Murdoch is going to have some major headaches from this one: “We’re talking about payments for news tips from cops: that’s been going on a hundred years, absolutely. You didn’t instigate it… I remember when I first bought the News of the World, the first day I went to the office… and there was a big wall-safe… And I said, ‘What’s that for?’ And they said, ‘We keep some cash in there.’ And I said, ‘What for?’ They said, ‘Well, sometimes the editor needs some on a Saturday night for powerful friends. And sometimes the chairman is doing badly at the tables, and he helps himself.’” The Guardian / Greenslade Blog The real significance of the tape is that it reveals the true, unexpurgated Murdoch. As I have said often since the hacking scandal first broke, as the man at the top I believe he has been responsible for the journalistic culture at Wapping. This tape appears to prove my point. The Guardian A prominent Labour MP has said US authorities should press corporate corruption charges against Murdoch’s global empire after he admitted in a secretly recorded meeting with staff on The Sun that payments to police were part of “the culture of Fleet Street.”

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Rebekah Brooks Charged with Conspiring to Hack Phones

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of News of The World and the flashpoint for the News Corp. phone hacking scandal, has been officially charged with conspiring to hack into phones.

It was just last week that Brooks, Andy Coulson (former media head for Britain’s Prime Minister) and five others were accused of “conspiracy unlawfully to intercept communications.”

The Huffington Post reports that all six are being charged with hacking phones over a six year period.

Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson to Be Charged for Phone Hacking

In the most significant charges in the long saga that is the News International phone hacking scandal, Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and six others are being accused of “conspiracy unlawfully to intercept communications.” The New York Times reports that, if convicted, they face two years in prison and/or a fine.

Brooks is the former head of British newspapers for Rupert Murdoch and ex-editor of News of The World. Coulson is the former head of media for Britain’s Prime Minister, David Cameron. Brooks released a statement declaring her innocence, while Coulson has not commented on the charges.

Others being charged include Stuart Kuttner, the managing editor of NOTW, Ian Edmondson and Greg Miskiw, two senior editors, reporters Neville Thurlbeck and James Weatherup and private detective Glenn Mulcaire.

Celebuzz EIC Dylan Howard Stands Up for Rupert Murdoch

Among celebrity news, Celebuzz strives to be the first to break a story, which is a lesson editor-in-chief Dylan Howard learned early in his career from Rubert Murdoch. In his So What Do You Do? interview, Howard discusses the influence Murdoch had on his career as a young journalist in Australia, and how he brought that style of news breaking to America.

“Regardless of what went wrong in the practice of journalism at the News of the World, Rupert Murdoch’s footprints are still all over journalism in Britain and Australia. He shaped a lot of journalists’ careers, including this one,” Howard said. “From the outset, it was drilled into this young journalist that, to sell newspapers, you need to break stories. Therefore, it became part of my DNA. With the exception of a handful of rogue Brits, the Murdoch empire has produced a prodigious number of news breakers, who incidentally, do it the right way.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Dylan Howard, Editor-in-Chief of Celebuzz?.

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First Criminal Charges Issued for Phone Hacking Scandal

Rebekah Brooks — the former editor of News of The World — and five others are the first to be criminally charged in the now year-old phone hacking scandal that has left many questioning the direction of News Corp. and its leadership. According to The Guardian, Brooks, along with her husband and others, have been charged with “perverting the court of justice.”

Investigators allege that all six removed evidence — including computers, documents and more — from those probing the phone hacking. The maximum sentence for the charge is life in prison, but the average sentence for those found guilty of “perverting the court” is 10 months.

While Brooks and her husband said the charges were “weak,” Alison Levitt, a legal adviser for the investigative team, said, “There is sufficient evidence for there to be a realistic prospect of conviction.” Stay tuned, because the trial probably won’t happen anytime soon.

Rupert Murdoch Apologizes for Scandal, Blames Daily News EIC Colin Myler

Rupert Murdoch, during another round of testimony before Parliament, apologized for the phone hacking scandal in one of the best ways to apologize that we’ve ever come across. Murdoch, according to The New York Times, said that he “was very sorry about it” and that he wished he could apologize “to a lot of people, including all the innocent people” at News of the World.

He also referred to the scandal as “a serious blot on my reputation.” Then he turned around and blamed Colin Myler, current Editor-in-Chief of The New York Daily News, and former editor of News of the World.

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Daily News EIC Under Fire for Allegedly Intimidating UK Investigators

Colin Myler, the New York Daily News’ Editor-in-Chief and former News of The World editor, is coming under fire for allegedly intimidating British investigators. The Guardian reports that while Myler was editor of News of The World, he attempted to bully officials who were investigating the paper for phone hacking.

Myler allegedly asked a group of six reporters to find whatever “dirt” they could on those probing the paper, such as if they were doing anything illegal themselves, or if they were gay. Myler testified to Parliament that the phone hacking at News of The World was the result of one rogue person, so these new allegations will certainly cast further doubt on his statements.

As a New York profile of Myler points out, this isn’t the first time he has been challenged for his methods:

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Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks Arrested Again

Former News of The World Editor and CEO of News International Rebekah Brooks has been arrested once again. The New York Times reports that her she and five other individuals were rounded-up early this morning on suspicion of “conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.” In American terms that’s obstruction of justice.

Brooks was arrested — then bailed out — last summer in connection with the phone hacking scandal. She has maintained that she wasn’t aware of anything illegal going on at the paper or News International. Her husband, Charlie Brooks, was also arrested.

The identities of the others arrested was not disclosed.

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