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Ted Turner on Rupert Murdoch: ‘He’s Going to Have to Step Down’

Ted Turner doesn’t think Rupert Murdoch is going to make it out of this phone hacking scandal cleanly. In an interview with Bloomberg Television, Turner said, “I think he’s going to have to step down. He hasn’t survived anything like this. This is serious.”

We shouldn’t expect anything less from Turner. Murdoch and Turner battled back and forth for many years as titans of the media industry. But it does makes you wonder if  pressure from big time media players will have any impact on News Corporation.

We’re guessing that Murdoch will die before leaving his position at the company, but James Murdoch will be gone sooner rather than later.

Nice try by Turner though.

THR Features Editor Catches Up to Cronenberg

From where FishbowlLA sits, the Hollywood Reporter‘s Stephen Galloway patrols one of this town’s most enviable entertainment beats.

Tasked primarily with putting together long-lead, high word count profiles of show business luminaries for the trade’s weekly print edition, this executive editor, features seems about as far removed from the SEO trenches as possible. Although recent Galloway focus Avi Lerner didn’t too well with a Conan the Barbarian remake, chances are this week’s interview subject David Cronenberg will fare much better in the coming months with the Freud-Jung pic A Dangerous Method. In Toronto, the filmmaker told Galloway that on every one of his projects, there has always been at least one actor who gummed up the financing works. On Method, that madness came primarily from the camp of Christoph Waltz:

“Christoph [had] pursued the project,” Cronenberg explains. “He came to me to convince me to take him as Freud; his grandfather had been a pupil of Freud. [After] Inglourious Basterds, all the German money was built around him, and when he bailed, a lot of that money went as well.”

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Roger Ailes To Be Honored For His Contributions To Press Freedom, First Amendment

ailes_fox_clinton_wallace.jpgWell, here’s some news the left-wing media will have a field day with.

The Radio and Television News Directors Foundation is set to honor Fox News chief Roger Ailes along with Philip Balboni of New England Cable News and a pair of journalists — Kimberly Dozier of CBS News and Bob Woodruff of ABC News — wounded in Iraq for “their work on behalf of press freedom” at the 17th Annual First Amendment Awards Dinner on March 8 in Washington.

Ailes will receive the 2006 First Amendment Leadership Award. Past recipients include Katharine Graham, Don Hewitt and Ted Turner of Fox rival CNN.

Does Ailes belong with this group?

Now that we’ve reported, you can decide.

  • RTNDF to Honor Roger Ailes, Bob Woodruff, Kimberly Dozier
    And Philip Balboni with First Amendment Awards [RTNDA.org]

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