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Posts Tagged ‘Rupert Murdoch’

David Cameron Apologizes for Former Comms Chief/Convicted Conspirator

Contrary to what Twitter may have told you this morning, the biggest news out of Britain does NOT involve a Queen and a throne.

The long-running News of the World phone hacking trial is nearing its end–and while Rupert Murdoch confidante Rebekah Brooks got off scot-free, top hack-turned-flack Andy Coulson has been found guilty of conspiring to “break into” the phone of a murdered teenager.

Coulson is now best known as Prime Minister David Cameron’s former head of communications. Cameron’s response to the verdict? Apologize. Immediately.

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Bloomberg Will Never, Ever Report on Mike Bloomberg

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“So a priest, a minister and a rabbi walked into a bar…”

We get the whole “avoiding a conflict of interest” thing, but it’s a little tough to report on business without mentioning one of the world’s biggest businessmen, no?

Since its founding in 1990, the Bloomberg media company has held itself to a policy strictly forbidding any coverage of its owner, soon-to-be-ex New York head honcho Michael Bloomberg, beyond “a limited exception for covering Mike’s official actions as New York’s mayor”. This is the equivalent of Fox News refusing to report anything related to Rupert Murdoch, and it’s quite unique among media entities.

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Someone Hid a ‘Murdoch Is Evil’ Message in the Kids’ Crossword at Murdoch’s Own Paper

Someone is sooooo fired today.

Seems that a wiseass at the Sunday Telegraph decided to convey his or her feelings about publisher/employer/supervillain Rupert Murdoch by hiding a “Murdoch is evil” message in the kids’ crossword puzzle at the back of the paper and spelling it backwards to avoid getting caught.

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We’re a little surprised that a detail-oriented snoop with a fondness for kids’ wordplay found the message, but then some 70′s genius was brilliant enough to play “Stairway to Heaven” backwards, too. We have a feeling this newer discovery was not preceded by three massive bong rips, but what do we know?

Many journalists are very amused by the fact that Murdoch’s own employees dislike him so very much, but there might just be a few safer ways of stating one’s displeasure. Maybe the guilty party should just vent on Facebook next time.

(H/T to the Sydney Morning Herald, which also provided the photo)

News Corp Names Former Clinton White House Rep to Top Comms Role

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The streams have crossed, people. News Corp, the “multinational media company” formed as a spinoff of boss Rupert Murdoch‘s larger, identically named venture in 2013, has appointed a veteran White House PR man to the CCO (chief communications officer) position.

That’s the Clinton White House, by the way, where Jim Kennedy worked as Deputy Assistant and Deputy Press Secretary to the President. Other past clients include Al Gore and Hillary Clinton, aka The Wall Street Journal‘s favorite people in the world.

Kennedy joins the Corp after a stint as SVP for strategic comms at Sony; his new boss Robert Thomson, who doubles as the EIC for Dow Jones & Company, writes that “His global experience and Washington expertise mean that he has a contact network that extends from Tokyo to Tucson.”

We just hope he won’t have to respond to all the defamation lawsuits filed against the New York Post or answer any NC-17 phone calls from Alec Baldwin.

More Bad News for Prince Harry

Prince Harry has a bit of a PR problem—and it doesn’t look like it will get any better any time soon. In addition to the now-famous nude photos, “British PR guru” Max Clifford reported last week that a couple of women had approached him with “more material” on the man who happens to be third in line for the crown.

Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun already chose to ignore the royal family’s request to avoid publishing any photos that depict the prince in a…compromising position–and this move seems to pave the way for other tabloids to go ahead and spread the dirt around.

Today, Murdoch’s favorite American publication, the always-classy New York Post, gives us some more damning details: Read more

Revolving Door: Rupert Murdoch, NBC Universal News Group, Jeff Daniels on ‘CBS This Morning’, and More

Rupert Murdoch (pictured at left) has resigned from a number of News Corp. boards, including his post as director of News International, the holding company for the newspapers at the center of the U.K. hacking scandal. The company is reportedly preparing to divest its publishing and entertainment properties, a split that was approved by the board of News Corp. on June 27. After the split, Murdoch will remain chairman of both companies as well as CEO of the new entertainment company. (Adweek)

Pat Fili-Krushel has been named chairman, news group, at NBCUniversal. Fili-Krushel, who joined NBC when Comcast took over, will now oversee a new unit called the NBCUniversal News group comprised of NBC News, CNBC, MSNBC, The Weather Channel and all their digital properties. (TVNewser)

Sam Grobart is leaving The New York Times for Bloomberg Businessweek. According to a memo obtained by Jim Romenesko, Grobart will “develop multimedia projects” as well as write tech features for Businessweek. Grobart had been with the Times since 2008, most recently as personal technology editor, since 2010. (FishbowlNY)

In case you missed it, actor Jeff Daniels was on CBS This Morning and on MSNBC’s Hardball last Thursday. Daniels, who plays Will McAvoy on HBO’s The Newsroom told Chris Matthews, “It’s not like we’re out trying to whitewash all of cable news. We’re trying to shine a light on the people really trying to tell the truth and get out the truth every day.” (TVNewser)

On a related topic, Aaron Sorkin has gotten rid of his entire Newsroom writing staff, with the exception of his ex-girlfriend Corinne Kinsbury. The Newsroom had 10 credited writers in its premiere season. HBO renewed the show for a second season after its second episode aired. (FishbowlLA)

Viacom has reached a new programming fee agreement with DirecTV, ending a 10-day blackout for the satellite-TV service’s 20 million U.S. viewers. (Ad Age)

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Murdoch, BSkyB Deny ‘Unfit’ Report Findings

Following what The New York Times calls a “damning report” from a parliamentary committee that concludes Rupert Murdoch “is not a fit person” to lead an international company, News Corp. has issued a statement acknowledging “wrongdoing” at the now-shuttered News of the World, but highlighting the partisan nature of the findings.

In a statement, News Corp. didn’t specify the nature of the “wrongdoing,” but admitted that its response was too slow. However, the statement says the report had comments that were “unjustified and highly partisan.” And the company has taken steps to correct the problems and done an investigation. So, you know. We’re done here, right?

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Former NYC Education Comms Director Joins News Corp

Just one day after it was announced that News Corp‘s SVP of public affairs and communications, Teri Everett, would be stepping down, the company has announced that another comms director is stepping in.

Natalie Ravitz, the communications director for the New York City Department of Education, is joining News Corp as Rupert Murdoch’s chief of staff. The change takes effect in two weeks. A focus of her job will be to “prioritize my commitments to align with key News Corp. initiatives,” according to an internal email from Murdoch.

Ravitz has a history with another News Corp exec, Joel Klein, the former NYC Department of Education who left in 2010 to serve as EVP at News Corp. According to the L.A. Times, Klein’s influence at the company is growing.

Julie Henderson has been promoted to Everett’s previous position.

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Zoinks! Everyone Fooled by Fake @Wendy_Deng

Looks like some people are still in a holiday-induced daze. An account that had been given the Twitter verified seal of approval as Wendy Deng, wife to News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch, has been declared a fake. But not before news outlets around the world reported on “her” wacky tweets over the past few days.

@Wendy_Deng began tweeting on New Year’s Day and since then commented on how hot Ricky Gervais is, cautioned her hubby to delete a tweet, and blamed her nails for all the misspellings in her postings. News of the new Twitter account has appeared in AllThingsDigital, The Guardian, and other outlets.

But despite the verification and after some confusion even on the part of the folks at News Corp., the handle was declared a fake and the spoofer came clean.

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James Murdoch Gets ‘No Confidence’ Vote

The Murdochs kept their seats after the votes from News Corp.‘s Friday shareholders meeting were tallied. But James Murdoch got the most votes against his election, 35 percent. Some analysts say anything more than 25 percent is a no confidence vote.

Rupert Murdoch received only 14 percent negative votes. Rupert’s other son Lachlan didn’t fare very well either. So the Murdochs survive, but it doesn’t look good. An analysis in The Guardian says that it’s now unlikely that James will take over when his dad steps down.

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