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Rupert Murdoch Files For Divorce

News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, Deadline Hollywood reports. The filing was made this morning in New York State Supreme Court.

The couple married in 1999, 17 days after Murdoch’s divorce from his second wife was finalized. They have two daughters together Grace, 11, and Chloe, 9. Deng, who is the chief of strategy for MySpace in China, famously slapped a man who attempted to attack Murdoch during his testimony in front of British Parliament committee about phone-hacking at his London newspapers.

Murdoch is overseeing another divorce of sorts: News Corp. is in the process of splitting its publishing and television assets into two publicly traded companies. Shareholders approved the split earlier this week and it will take effect June 28.

The New York Times has more on the marriage split:

A spokeswoman for Mr. Murdoch’s media company, News Corporation, confirmed that Mr. Murdoch had made the filing, which said that the “relationship between husband and wife has broken down irretrievably.” Mrs. Murdoch was informed in advance of Mr. Murdoch’s decision, according to a person close to the family.

As of 3pmET, CNBC, MSNBC, Bloomberg and CNNI have all reported on the split as have two of Murdoch’s British competitors: BBC News and ITV News. Murdoch’s Sky News also reported the story during its 6pm newscast.

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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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Brett Favre's Return to Green Bay Becomes Highest Rated 'Sunday Night Football' Telecast Ever

Sunday night, former Green Bay Packer great Brett Favre returned to Lambeau Field as a Minnesota Viking. Today, NBC Sports says that the game was the most watched Sunday Night Football broadcast of all time, watched by 25.7 million total viewers, and drawing a 15.4 rating/25 share.

The previous record holder was week one of this season, when the Dallas Cowboys played the Washington Redskins.

The Vikings-Packers game is also the highest rated primetime NFL game played in October since 1996, and was up a whopping 71% from last week’s game.

More information in the press release after the jump.

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NFL Broadcast Teams For Week 6

It’s about time CBS showed some love to Gus Johnson.

After several weeks of getting stuck with games that were blacked out locally, Johnson and Steve Tasker will call Kansas City-Houston on Sunday.

We might finally get our first Gus Johnson moment of the season:

“JACOBY JONES DOWN THE SIDELINE. CAN THEY CATCH HIM? JONES! WOW! TOUCHDOWN, HOUSTON!”

Below are the broadcast teams for Week 6 of, “Where In The World is Gus Johnson?”

Kansas City @ Houston: Gus Johnson & Steve Tasker (CBS) Read more