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Posts Tagged ‘James Murdoch’

The Murdoch Children’s ‘Distaste’ For Fox News

In a wide-ranging article in New York magazine, Gabriel Sherman writes about Elisabeth Murdoch, the daughter of News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch. While focusing on Elisabeth, the article explores the complicated relationships within the Murdoch family, as well as how they were frayed when the phone-hacking scandal erupted in the UK earlier this year.

Among the topics covered was Fox News, which Sherman says is not of particular appeal to either Elisabeth or James, though he notes that James Murdoch is a businessman first and foremost, and loves the cable channel’s big profits:

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MP Apologizes to Piers Morgan For Hacking Claim

U.K. MP Louise Mensch has apologized to CNN anchor Piers Morgan over claims she made in parliament saying that Morgan admitted to getting a scoop by phone hacking. Mensch made the comments during the Parliamentary hearings with James Murdoch and Rupert Murdoch. As she acknowledged in her formal apology, she confused what was written in a news item for what Morgan claimed.

In my questions to Rupert and James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks, I wrongly stated that Piers Morgan, formerly editor of the Daily Mirror, had been open about personally hacking phones in a book he wrote. This was based on my misreading of an article in the Daily Telegraph published on the 13th July, which covered Mr. Morgan’s description in his book of how to hack a phone and how he won the Scoop of the Year on the story of Sven-Goran Eriksson and Ulrika Johnson. The Telegraph report covers the claim of a blogger that this story was acquired by phone hacking, and I misread that as Mr. Morgan himself claiming this to be true.Therefore, I must apologise to Mr. Morgan and the Committee for this error about his book.

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Cablers Cover Murdoch Testimony Before Parliament: ‘This is the Most Humble Day of My Life’

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and his son, James Murdoch, are testifying before Parliament this morning. As you can see above, the appearance is getting extensive coverage from the cable news channels.

“This is the most humble day of my life,” the elder Murdoch said.

Update: More from the testimony are after the jump.

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Which Cable Networks Will Be Carrying Murdoch Testimony Before Parliament?

Tomorrow morning Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks will appear before Parliament in London and testify on the hacking scandal there. Nearly all of the cable news channels will be carrying at least parts of the testimony, which start after 9 AM ET.

Fox News Channel will be carrying the hearings live, while CNN will be simulcasting CNN International’s coverage. MSNBC will be carrying portions of the testimony, while C-SPAN will be televising it live on C-SPAN3. As we reported over the weekend, even Current TV is getting into the game, with Keith Olbermann anchoring special coverage.

Among the business channels, Fox Business Network  and CNBC will be carrying it live, as will Bloomberg TV

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Rupert Murdoch Speaks Out: Says Hacking Scandal Handled ‘Extremely Well’

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch gave his first public statements to one of his flagship properties, the Wall Street Journal. Murdoch told the Journal that the company handled the hacking crisis “‘extremely well in every way possible,’ making just ‘minor mistakes.’”

He also praised the handling of the crisis by his son, James Murdoch:

“I think he acted as fast as he could, the moment he could,” Mr. Murdoch said. The elder Mr. Murdoch said that he, too, had acted appropriately and quickly, saying, “when I hear something going wrong, I insist on it being put right.” He said, however, that he attends to a lot of details in a multi-billion company with thousands of employees.

In the interview he also talks about appearing before Parliament, BskyB and Gordon Brown’s critique.

Breaking: Rupert, James Murdoch to Appear Before Parliament In Hacking Scandal

News Corp. says that CEO Rupert Murdoch and his son, News International chief James Murdoch will appear before a Parliamentary committee investigating the hacking scandal, according to Sky News. Previously, only former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks was confirmed to appear.

BBC ‘Aggresively Pursuing’ Hacking at the ‘Mirror’ Under Editor Piers Morgan, Democratic and Republican Lawmakers Call For U.S. News Corp. Probe

CNN host and former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan may be asked to appear before the inquiry investigating the hacking scandal currently engulfing U.K. media. The Guy Fawkes blog, which wrote about Morgan’s possible involvement yesterday, today posted statements from MPs suggesting that Morgan should appear to explain what he knew about hacking, either at the Mirror or elsewhere. The blog also excerpts from Morgan’s 2005 autobiography, which seems to indicate that he was at least aware of the technique used to hack into voicemails as far back as 2001.

The BBC is also investigating hacking at the Mirror, the blog writes. TVNewser has confirmed with a source at the BBC that the organization is “aggressively pursuing” the story.

Sky News reports that former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks will appear before the inquiry, James Murdoch “may appear” and Rupert Murdoch will not appear.

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Gabriel Sherman: Roger Ailes May Benefit as a Result of Hacking Scandal

New York‘s Gabriel Sherman writes about the hacking scandal and how it may affect Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Sherman recalls the statement criticizing Ailes made by Rupert Murdoch‘s son-in-law, Matthew Freud:

“I am by no means alone within the family or the company in being ashamed and sickened by Roger Ailes’s horrendous and sustained disregard of the journalistic standards that News Corporation, its founder and every other global media business aspires to.”

Sherman notes that if one switched “Roger Ailes” for “News of the World,” it would seem to be a perfect fit. He also notes that with James Murdoch‘s succession to CEO put in jeopardy by the scandal, he becomes an even more integral part of the company:

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News Corp. Shutters UK Tabloid News of the World; Once Edited by Piers Morgan

How would American TV networks report the news that the New York Post had suddenly shut its doors, announcing that Sunday’s paper would be the last? (Actually, more like the content of the Post but the readership of The Wall Street Journal)

That’s what’s happening in the UK today as News Corp. announced it was shuttering the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid in the wake of the latest in a string of phone hacking scandals.

The News is big news in the UK and is being reported on 24-hour channels, BBC News 24, Al Jazeera English and of course News Corp.’s own SkyNews.

In the U.S., MSNBC, CNN, CNBC (reporting from the Sun Valley media summit being attended by Rupert Murdoch) BloombergTV as well as the News Corp.-owned Fox News and Fox Business Network have reported the news today. Amy Kellogg, the Fox News correspondent in London reported the sudden closure announced by News International CEO James Murdoch, as a way to “stave off the negative publicity” from the scandals. Kellogg reports that until recently News of the World was the top-selling Sunday newspaper in the UK.

The paper counts among its previous editors CNN host Piers Morgan who was the top editor at the paper for a year in 1994. Morgan Tweeted today:

The newspaper was first published on October 1, 1843. Its last edition will be July 10, 2011.

News Corp. To Sell Sky News Channel In Effort to Acquire BskyB

Big TV news news out of the U.K. this afternoon, as News Corp. (which of course owns Fox News Channel) has agreed to sell its Sky News channel, in an effort to win regulatory approval of its proposed purchase of BskyB.

The BBC broke the news of the sale earlier today.

In a nutshell, Sky News is News Corp.’s 24-hour U.K.-centric news channel, while BskyB is a mini media conglomerate, with the popular entertainment network Sky1, as well as the Sky Sports channels, which have as strong a presence on TV sets there as ESPN does here.

Fox News actually became a point of contention in the matter, as the NY Times reports:

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