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In ‘Murdoch’s World,’ a ‘Highly Cultivated Resentment Toward Other News Organizations’

fox news logoNPR media correspondent David Folkenflik is out this week with “Murdoch’s World: The Last of the Old Media Empires,” a look at Rupert Murdoch‘s News Corp. as it grew from one small newspaper in Australia to the huge multimedia company it is today. In Salon’s excerpts of the book, Folkenflik describes how Murdoch and Roger Ailes worked to set Fox News apart from its competition from the early stages of the network’s development:

Perhaps most important, Ailes instinctively recognized good television and understood how to create it—defining “good” as something viewers would want to watch and keep watching. It was close to Murdoch’s definition of the public interest. In this case, Ailes knew that Fox’s defining feature would require a highly cultivated resentment toward other news organizations. The “fair and balanced” slogan alone was an increasingly explicit assertion that mainstream press organizations were not fair or balanced. “We report. You decide,” provoked the same reaction in viewers and the competition. On Fox, the news programs served to get out the mission statement: the other news organizations look down on you and your beliefs. Here, you’re home.

Another tidbit from the book is making the rounds online today after it was first noted by Media Matters:

Fox PR staffers were expected to counter not just negative and even neutral blog postings but the anti-Fox comments beneath them. One former staffer recalled using twenty different aliases to post pro-Fox rants. Another had one hundred. Several employees had to acquire a cell phone thumb drive to provide a wireless broadband connection that could not be traced back to a Fox News or News Corp account.

We’ve reached out to Fox News for comment.

This Week In Lists: Eligible Bachelors, Biggest News Stories

MuirGotham Magazine counts down New York’s 100 most eligible bachelors. Among the TV news personalities recognized: ABC’s David Muir, Fox’s Rupert Murdoch, CBS and PBS anchor Charlie Rose, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith and ESPN’s Nate Silver. See all of the eligible bachelors, here.

Meanwhile, TV Guide‘s Stephen Battaglio counts down the 60 biggest news moments of all time. The assassination of JFK, the Moon landing and the 9/11 attacks all made the list, but there are some other surprises. Read the full list here.

‘Why can’t you put Marilyn Monroe in the same broadcast as an interview with the president’

PelleyKerryOn Tuesday “60 Minutes” celebrated its 45th birthday. The show debuted on CBS Tuesday, Sept. 24, 1968. Its success over the years brought on many imitators and even led Rupert Murdoch to once inquire about buying the show and bringing it to FOX.

This Sunday, the dean of the TV newsmagazines begins season number 46 on CBS. “60 Minutes” EP Jeff Fager who is also the chairman of CBS News, explains show creator Don Hewitt‘s vision for the show like this: “Why can’t you put Marilyn Monroe in the same broadcast as an interview with the president.” (Watch after the jump)

This Sunday, the mix of stories includes Scott Pelley‘s interview with Secretary of State John Kerry; Steve Kroft’s report on schizophrenia, the sometimes violent illness that the Washington Navy Yard shooter showed symptoms of; and Norah O’Donnell‘s profile of Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, including details of his new book “Killing Jesus.”

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Roger Ailes on FBN: ‘Our Ratings Are Going Up and CNBC’s Are Going Down’

Presenting to 21st Century Fox investors in Los Angeles this afternoon, Roger Ailes said he knew launching a business network would be a challenge.

“Rupert [Murdoch] and I talked about this in the beginning. We always thought it was somewhat difficult,” Ailes told Neil Cavuto, who is Fox Business Network’s senior vice president and managing editor. “We’re actually at about the same place Fox News was five years in. It’s tougher because, of course, there’s not a lot of extra income around for a lot of people … you’ve got to adjust programming.”

Ailes said he was “very careful” about the timing of the FBN launch, noting the network is profitable.

“The bottom line is that Fox Business Channel made money two years ago, it made money last year, and it will make more money next year,” he said. “And our ratings, while they are slow — we have 20 million fewer subscribers [than CNBC] — our ratings are going up and CNBC’s are going down. So I think we’re in pretty good shape.”

Moguls, Journalists Descend On Sun Valley For Media/Technology Confab

This week, the world’s media, entertainment and technology moguls are converging on Sun Valley, Idaho for the annual Allen & Company shindig. What happens in Sun Valley usually stays in Sun Valley, but according to a number of reporters in attendance, we can glean a few things.

For starters, CBS News anchor Charlie Rose, NBC News’ Tom Brokaw and CNN’s Erin Burnett are all attending, with Rose and Brokaw scheduled to moderate (secret) panels. CNBC’s Julia Boorstin, FBN’s Dennis Kneale and Bloomberg TV’s Jon Erlichman are getting as close as they can to cover the action for their networks.

In terms of moguls, all the usual suspects are there: 21st Century Fox CEO Rupert Murdoch, along with sons Lachlan Murdoch and James Murdoch (above), Disney’s Bob Iger, ESPN’s John Skipper, Comcast’s Brian Roberts, CBS’ Les Moonves, Time Warner’s Jeff Bewkes, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and IAC’s Barry Diller among many, many others.

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In Murdoch Divorce Documents, the Pre-Nup, Post-Nups and Health Care Coverage

The National Enquirer got its hands on what it says are Rupert Murdoch‘s divorce papers. The ACTION FOR A DIVORCE document was filed yesterday in New York State Supreme Court. The three-page document reveals that not only was there a pre-nup before the 1999 wedding of Rupert Murdoch and Wendi Deng, but that there were two post-nuptial agreements several years into their marriage, following the births of their daughters.

The document also states “the defendant (Wendi) is advised that she may no longer be covered by the plaintiff’s health insurance plan upon entry of a judgment of divorce and that the defendant may be responsible for her own health care coverage.”

Two weeks from today, Murdoch’s media empire will also be split, with TV assests like Fox News, FOX-TV and the Film studios making up a new company called 21st Century Fox, while newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post remaining News Corp. entities.

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.

Anne Sweeney, Dick Clark Honored at Mirror Awards

Disney/ABC Television Group president Anne Sweeney was honored with the Fred Dressler Leadership Award at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Communications’ annual Mirror Awards today.

“ABC World News” weekend anchor David Muir emceed the event, which honors the year’s best media reporting. He told TVNewser being on hand for Sweeney’s award was “an honor for me.”

“Sweeney is one of those rare corporate titans — the most powerful woman in Hollywood — who cares so much about journalism,” Muir told TVNewser. “It’s really had an impact on me watching someone who is at the top of the industry carry the mantle of journalism.”

In his remarks, Muir said it was rare to have someone so busy “give as much to the news division as Anne does,” recalling her reaction to a dangerous situation he and his crew were in while covering the 2011 Arab Spring protests in Egypt. Read more

News Corp. Board Approves Company Split

The board of News Corp. has formally approved the motion to split the company in two. News Corp.’s newspaper and publishing businesses, along with its Australian businesses, will become the new News Corp., while the company’s TV, film and studio businesses (including Fox News Channel) will now be part of 21st Century Fox.

“Today’s announcement is a significant step in creating two independent companies with the world’s leading portfolios of publishing and media and entertainment assets,” said Rupert Murdoch, who will serve as Chairman and CEO of the proposed 21st Century Fox, and Executive Chairman of the new News Corporation. “We continue to believe that the separation will unlock the true value of both companies and their distinct assets, enabling investors to benefit from the separate strategic opportunities resulting from more focused management of each division.”

The company also announced the board members for the new companies. More information here.

21st Century Fox Debuts New Logo

21st Century Fox, which will become the parent company of Fox News once News Corp. completes its split into two companies, has unveiled a new logo. The logo, left, plays off of the iconic spotlights that were a focal point in the old “20th Century Fox” logo, and adds a more modern font.

“Like our name, the logo reflects the rich creative heritage of Twentieth Century Fox and signals the promise of the 21st century and our restless drive toward the future,” wrote News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch in a note to staff. “Ultimately, our new logo celebrates the powerful commitment of you and your colleagues to the excellence and innovation that will propel 21st Century Fox forward.”

They also produced a video for the logo:

21st Century Fox from 21st Century Fox on Vimeo.

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