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‘Bloomberg Game Changers’ Profiles Rupert Murdoch

“Bloomberg Game Changers”¬†looks back this week at the rise of a familiar figure in the world of business news: News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.

The one-hour documentary, which features interviews with former News Corp. president and COO Peter Chernin and Fox Sports chairman David Hill, looks at how Murdoch turned a small family-owned Australian newspaper into the media empire it is today.

“Game Changers” airs tomorrow night at 9pmET. Here’s a preview:

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Brian Roberts: NBC News ‘The Single Most Awesome Asset’ Of Comcast Deal

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts had some very kind words for NBC News at the 2010 Cable Show in Los Angeles Tuesday. Roberts was interviewed by former News Corp. COO Peter Chernin on stage at the show, and said NBC’s news division will remain independent once Comcast completes its acquisition of NBC Universal.

According to a report from the Los Angeles TimesJoe Flint:

“The single most awesome asset that comes from this deal is NBC News,” he said, adding, “NBC News will help define Comcast.”

Mediaweek‘s Anthony Crupi was also at the keynote, and reports that Roberts dodged a question from Chernin (who once counted Fox News among the divisions he oversaw) about what he would do regarding MSNBC firebrand Keith Olbermann.

“Let’s have that conversation in 12 months when we’re playing with live ammo,” Roberts said, before adding that he would ensure that NBC News continued to “keep [its coverage] down the middle, whatever that means.”

Fox’s “Family Guy” Takes Shots at Fox News Channel

FamilyGuyFNC_3.26.bmpOn Sunday’s “Family Guy,” Lois Griffin becomes a reporter for Fox News Channel. And the show’s producers didn’t hold back in their stereotypical portrayal of FNC. Brian, the family dog, says Fox News is “evil and they distort the truth and they do the bidding of the Republican party.” On the other hand, while taking a tour of an animated Fox News, Stewie, finds, “This whole place feels like a warm blanket.”

There were also shots at Ann Coulter, Al Gore, and a twist involving Michael Moore, Rush Limbaugh and Fred Savage.

Also on Sunday’s show, a cameo from News Corp.’s departing president Peter Chernin. The LATimes’ reports today Chernin recorded his part last year which means this script has been in the works for some time.

The episode was the 15th most popular show in the A18-49 demo last week.

The entire show, after the jump, via Hulu…

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Hulu, Redlasso, and “Buckets of Sand”

hulu_10-20.jpgWe attended the “Media and Money” conference last week, and were interested in finding out more from one of the panelists, George Kliavkoff, Chief Digital Officer of NBC Universal.

Kliavkoff was the interim CEO of, and now sits of the Board. “I’m incredibly pleased by the growth and reception by consumers and how quickly they’ve become a top 10 video site,” Kliavkoff tells TVNewser.

Hulu is unique in its partnership between News Corp. and NBC Universal — two companies actively competing in the news divisions. News clips from both MSNBC and Fox News can be found in the Hulu News channel, and the networks have taken turns streaming their debate feed onto the site during the general election. “There are places where our companies compete,” Kliavkoff says, but notes the site was a “combined vision” of Jeff Zucker and Peter Chernin, and there has been “complete agreement” thus far.

redlasso_10-20.jpgWe also asked Kliavkoff about Redlasso, a site (used frequently here) that has been shut down since July after NBC and FOX filed suit against the company. During the panel, Kliavkoff said, “There are people trying to set us on fire and then sell us buckets of sand.”

Although he wouldn’t comment directly on Redlasso, he said, “We love working with people who respect copyright, who value the investment we make in our content and don’t steal it. And those are the companies that we want to work with.”

We asked Redlasso for an update as well. The company’s president and founder, Kevin O’Kane, tells us: “Redlasso continues to provide a solid content management solution to our ‘Radio2Web’ and ‘TV2Web’ clients. At the same time, we are advancing our conversations with content providers, with the goal of establishing formal partnerships that will quickly help us restore access to the Beta site.”

In the meantime, Kliavkoff thinks NBCU’s video offerings are ahead of the pack. “I don’t think there’s been any company more aggressive about distributing video directly and through partnership and allowing customers to parse it and embed it,” he said. “I think we’ve been the leader in allowing people to do it. Not just with Hulu, but with our news content.”