Great Britain’s three political parties just made a deal to provide a degree of regulation for the British press. The deal produces a Royal Charter that establishes a press regulator at arms-length from the government plus a regulation regime that the major media companies can join.
The charter is an outgrowth of [...]
Bob Woodward has a tape of a Fox intermediary telling General David Petraeus that he should refuse Obama’s nomination as CIA head and instead run for president on the GOP ticket. The go-between told Petraeus that Ailes would be his effective campaign manager with the full weight of Fox News behind him, and that the [...]
News Corp.’s Rupert Murdoch is said to be in early talks to buy the L.A. Times and the Chicago Tribune from Tribune Co.
Los Angeles Times, By Meg James, October 19
With Tribune Co. expected to emerge from bankruptcy soon, News Corp. Chairman and Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is looking to acquire two of its [...]
The NY Times reports that UK prosecutors are gearing up for serious criminal charges in the long-running Murdoch newspaper scandal.
In a dramatic new turn in the scandals swirling around Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper outpost, prosecutors said on Tuesday that two former top executives will be charged with paying bribes of up to $160,000 to [...]
The UK’s ITV News:
Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks was formally charged with phone hacking today and will appear in court next month, Scotland Yard said.
Brooks, who is 44, answered bail at Lewisham police station tonight and will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 3.
Six others journalists from the [...]
Britain’s Daily Mail newspaper is a reliably conservative tabloid politically, despite it’s ever-popular paparazzi photo articles of female celebrities scantily clad in public places. More hawkish, more Colonel Blimp-ish, more conservative than the current Prime Minister, certainly. That’s the only reason I can imagine why the Mail has been trashing Cameron’s public-private partnership with Goldman [...]
Two of Rupert Murdoch’s former editors, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, are being charged with conspiring to hack the phone of the missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
In all seven senior News of the World journalists are being charged with conspiring to intercept the voicemails of a total of 600 victims, the Crown Prosecution announced [...]
Tweeted by Nico Hines, US reporter for the Times of London: “Rupert Murdoch has resigned as director of News International and The Times”. According to Neal Mann of the WSJ, a news International internal email to staff says the resignation is “part of the preparation of the business for the upcoming restructure into two companies”. [...]
By Michael Collins News Corporation is facing an investor rebellion in Great Britain that parallels a similar rebellion occurring in the United States. (Image)
“A consortium of 18 heavyweight investors is calling for Mr Murdoch to stand down as chairman in the interests of good corporate governance and be replaced by an independent figure who [...]
Eighteen shareholders sign letter calling for the media mogul to step down ahead of annual meeting later in the year
Major shareholders have renewed their push for media mogul Rupert Murdoch to resign as News Corp chairman at the company’s annual meeting later this year.
Eighteen major shareholders including Connecticut’s state pension fund and the [...]
Rupert Murdoch snubs Britain and says he will invest his billions in the US
The thing about Rupert Murdoch is that he loves power more than money – which is why he’s always been more interested in his loss-making newspaper empire and the political leverage it provides than the rest of his vast, money-making entertainment conglomerate. In the Guardian, Michael Wolff comments on the announcement that News International may [...]
The bad news just keeps getting worse for the Murdoch news empire and British PM David Cameron, now inextricably linked together in the ongoing phone hacking scandal by Cameron’s employement of one arrested Murdoch executive, Andy Coulson, and close friendship with another, Rebekah Brooks.
Coulson, formerly News of the World editor and Cameron’s communications director, [...]
By Michael Collins
(Washington, 2/30/2012) At the end of Monday’s Leveson Inquiry with Tony Blair on the stand, Lord Justice Leveson sent the credibility of the effort’s summary findings straight to Hell. After Blair’s pressured presentation and an interruption by a protester who called Blair a war criminal, Leveson began an odd exchange with [...]
By Michael Collins
(Washington, 5/28/2012) Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair testified before the Leveson Inquiry today. He retains that familiar fatuous exuberance for failed policies and continues to deny the deadly lies he told in over a decade as Prime Minister. He was, as always, quite literally unbearable.(Image: Niecieden)
President George W. Bush [...]