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Posts Tagged ‘News of the World’

Revolving Door: Changes at OWN, ‘HGTV Magazine,’ and More

Oprah Winfrey‘s OWN has announced a number of big changes. First we had news that The Rosie Show, the talk show hosted by Rosie O’Donnell that was introduced with great fanfare back in October, has been cancelled. (Rumor has it the two aren’t speaking.) Among the problems with the show cited by The Daily Beast is its location; Rosie moved to Chicago to film in Oprah’s old studio. “‘People don’t go to Chicago on media tours anymore,’ says one publicist who turned down his clients from appearing on the show.” Yikes.

And now news today that OWN has laid off 20 percent of its staff, 30 people. Their duties will be assumed by remaining staffers and Discovery Communications employees. Deadline Hollywood has the whole run down.

HGTV Magazine is launching with a June/July issue, and three more for 2012. The rate base will be 450,000 readers.

The New York Times has lowered the number of free articles that non-paying readers will have access to, from 20 to 10. The new rule goes into effect in April.

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Revolving Door: AOL, HuffPo, NY ‘Daily News,’ and More

The lead story this afternoon on HuffPo Science.

AOL is partnering with Bonnier’s Parenting Group to bring Parenting.com content to AOL Family, HuffPo Parents, and AOL.com. [via Fishbowl NY]

Speaking of Huffington Post, they’ve launched a new channel, HuffPost Science.

Colin Mylar, former editor of News of the World has been chosen as the new editor of the New York Daily News. Mylar has been unemployed since NOTW shut down amid the phone hacking scandal that erupted this summer. Capital New York has the internal memo.

There are reports that the Kardashian family has spoken with American Media about the possibility of launching a new magazine. However, Kim’s publicist at PMK-BNC has no comment.

Eric Carven has been named the AP’s social media editor. He was previously a news producer at the AP Nerve Center.

Keith Olbermann has already stirred up the pot at Current TV. Where it will lead seems up in the air. But people do agree on one thing: production value needs to improve a bit.

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Murdoch to Speak on News Corp. Earnings Call

News this morning is that Rupert Murdoch will be making an appearance on the News Corp. earnings call today tomorrow, the first in about a year.

The big issue will be succession, particularly following last month’s appearance before a parliamentary committee, which left some questioning the heir-apparent James Murdoch.

“Rupert Murdoch is expected to acknowledge some of the recent troubles in his prepared remarks, but he will not issue a new ‘mea culpa’ like the one he gave to the British parliament, according to the person familiar with the planning. The source was not permitted to talk publicly on the matter,” writes Reuters. We wonder who gave that statement.

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News Corp. Hires Two More Firms, Gets PR Help from Wendi

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News Corp. has hired two more firms to help with the fallout of the scandal — Sard Verbinnen & Co. and Glover Park Group. Glover Park will help with government relations and Sard Verbinnen specializes in IR and crisis situations. Bloomberg notes that News Corp. stock has taken a hit since the beginning of the month.

The assessments of the Murdochs’ appearance before a Parliamentary group yesterday keep rolling in, and the unexpected interruption from a protester wielding a shaving cream pie is adding an angle to how the News Corp. leaders fared. (He explains why he did it in The Guardian.)

MarketingWeek says that Rupert Murdoch has not been nearly humble enough in the lead up to yesterday’s testimony. And while Rupert did begin his comments by calling yesterday “the most humble day of my career,” he ultimately denied responsibility for anything that has happened. He added that he wouldn’t resign and called himself “the best person to see it through” even though he says court settlements and other payments were happening without his knowledge and he seemed clueless when asked about actions taken by News of the World journalists, many who have been arrested.
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Former ‘NotW’ Employees Turning to PR

PRWeek UK reports that former News of the World reporters have been seeking new jobs in PR. The newspaper’s closure left 200 staffers out of work.

Edelman‘s European CEO Robert Phillips is among those saying that former NotW reporters have been in touch for a job. But some say that a market rife with candidates, particularly ex-journalists, will make it difficult for these reporters to find public relations employment.

“It’s a saturated market already. It’s unlikely that PR agencies will be falling over themselves for a News of the World journalist,” said one unnamed recruitment specialist.

Also out of a job: Les Hinton, Dow Jones CEO who resigned late yesterday afternoon. Hinton was head of News International, the group that publishes the British newspapers, from 1995 to 2007. His resignation letter as well as Rupert Murdoch’s response, are here.

News Corp. Ends BSkyB Bid, Faces More Intense Pressure

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News Corp. has ended its bid to acquire 61 percent of British Sky Broadcasting, one more by-product of the phone-hacking scandal that has besieged the media company, with a statement from COO Chase Carey admitting that “it is too difficult to progress.” But even with this news, the company is facing increased pressures from all sides.

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Revolving Door: ‘In the Arena,’ ‘News of the World,’ ‘WaPo,’ and More

Two big media names have gotten the ax.

Eliot Spitzer‘s comeback vehicle In The Arena was cancelled. CNN’s evening schedule has already been reworked and Spitzer said his final good-byes last night.

And today we have bombshell news that Sunday’s issue of News of the World will be the paper’s last. The British outlet, which has been publishing for 168 years and is currently owned by News Corp., has succumbed to the pressures of an ongoing investigation into allegations that the paper is tied a phone hacking scandal involving a 13-year-old murdered girl and families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Guardian has the complete statement, which was delivered by James Murdoch, News Corp.’s deputy chief operating officer, Rupert’s son, and the person next in line for News Corp. leadership.

Also news today that kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart is joining ABC News, working on stories involving missing persons.

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