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July 15, 2011 | Tribune Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The phone-hacking scandal that has ignited a political firestorm in Britain jumped the Atlantic yesterday as the FBI opened an investigation into whether British reporters tried to access cellphone messages and records of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in violation of U.S. law. The preliminary probe further rattled the New York-based global media empire of Rupert Murdoch, who was forced this week to withdraw his $12 billion bid to take over Britain's largest satellite broadcaster, and raises questions about the future of News Corp.
BUSINESS
July 21, 2011 | By Rachel Beck, Associated Press
NEW YORK - A corporate board is supposed to answer to shareholders. At News Corp., it answers only to the Murdoch family. The 16-member board that governs one of the world's most powerful media companies is dominated by Rupert Murdoch's relatives, confidants, and handpicked executives - a group that has sometimes let him make questionable business moves. The phone-hacking scandal at a British newspaper owned by Murdoch has focused new attention on the News Corp. board, which is so cozy with the Murdoch family that one corporate watchdog group gives it an F for governance.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife since 1999, citing a breakdown in the relationship. The matter doesn't alter the succession plan for the media company, which the 82-year-old founder controls through a family trust. Murdoch filed a one-page document Thursday indicating that he was opening a divorce case in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. A News Corp. representatve confirmed the filing. A sealed document with the filing says, "the relationship between the husband and wife has broken down irretrievably," according to a person familiar with the matter.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2011 | By JULIE CARR SMYTH, Associated Press
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The directors of media conglomerate News Corp., the owner of Fox News Channel, have quietly put in place a policy to disclose corporate political donations on the company's website. The decision was made April 12, according to a notice posted without fanfare by the company. A News Corp. spokeswoman declined telephone and email requests by the Associated Press to discuss the new policy. The policy calls for the company - which also owns 20th Century Fox movie studio and The Wall Street Journal - to disclose political contributions made between January and June on July 15. Annual postings would follow each January.
NEWS
February 9, 2012 | By Raphael Satter, Associated Press
LONDON - Rupert Murdoch's News International has settled nearly all the cases against the company in the first wave of lawsuits for phone hacking by its journalists, with a new round of apologies and payouts announced Wednesday in a London court. But a potentially damaging claim lodged by British singer Charlotte Church is still headed to trial later this month and a wave of new lawsuits - as many as 56 in all - is looming, lawyers told London's High Court. News International, a division of News Corp., has tried hard to keep the phone-hacking cases from going to trial, launching its own compensation program and paying out millions of pounds in out-of-court settlements.
NEWS
December 4, 2012
LOS ANGELES - It was too expensive. It lacked editorial focus. And for a digital publication, it was strangely cut off from the Internet. That's the obituary being written in real time through posts, tweets and online chats about The Daily, the first-of-its-kind iPad newspaper, which is being shut down this month. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Monday that The Daily will publish its final issue on Dec. 15, less than two years after its January 2011 launch. The app has already been removed from Apple's iTunes, where it once received lukewarm ratings.
NEWS
July 12, 2011
By Jonathan Schell Over the past decade, the News of the World, a British tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp., targeted the voice mail of 4,000 people, including not only royals and other VIPs, but also the families of those killed in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the 2005 terrorist attack in London. It all unraveled when the Guardian reported that the tabloid had hacked into the voice mail of a missing 13-year-old, Milly Dowler, apparently in the hope of obtaining private expressions of family members' grief or desperation to splash on its front page.
BUSINESS
May 11, 1995 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
MCI Communications Corp. said yesterday that it would invest as much as $2 billion in Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. so that together the companies could deliver entertainment, information, home shopping and other services to households and businesses worldwide. News Corp., which is one of the world's largest media companies and owns Fox Broadcasting, plans to put books, movies and television shows on-line through a new joint venture using MCI's software and global communications network.
NEWS
May 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A new organization backed by President Obama has turned to Mayor Nutter and Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) for support as it aims to help young minority men thrive, and perhaps shape the president's legacy after he leaves office. Booker and Nutter are among a star-studded list of board members or advisers to My Brother's Keeper Alliance, which has spun off from an Obama initiative and figures to play a major role in the president's plans after he leaves office. The group, Obama said, will work to close "opportunity gaps" that confront minority men born into poor communities, leaving them feeling that "no matter how hard they try, they may never achieve their dreams.
SPORTS
October 17, 2010 | By the Inquirer Staff
More than three million television viewers in New York and New Jersey missed out on Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Phillies and the San Francisco Giants after negotiations broke down between Cablevision Systems Corp. and Fox's parent, News Corp. Cablevision has approximately 25,000 viewers in the New Jersey suburbs that receive Fox29, all in Monmouth County. Negotiations will resume Sunday, the companies said. On Saturday night, Cablevision accused News Corp.
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May 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - A new organization backed by President Obama has turned to Mayor Nutter and Sen. Cory A. Booker (D., N.J.) for support as it aims to help young minority men thrive, and perhaps shape the president's legacy after he leaves office. Booker and Nutter are among a star-studded list of board members or advisers to My Brother's Keeper Alliance, which has spun off from an Obama initiative and figures to play a major role in the president's plans after he leaves office. The group, Obama said, will work to close "opportunity gaps" that confront minority men born into poor communities, leaving them feeling that "no matter how hard they try, they may never achieve their dreams.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 6, 2014 | By Howard Gensler
ALL THOSE reports that Naya Rivera was booted from "Glee" because of an ongoing feud with Lea Michele ? Tone deaf. "There is no truth to the rumor Naya has been fired from the show," Fox TV noted in a statement released to the Associated Press on Saturday night. "She remains under contract to 'Glee.' " Rivera plays Santana Lopez, a lesbian glee-club member. The show's fifth-season finale is set to air May 20. Show co-creator Ryan Murphy has said that the series' sixth season will be its last.
NEWS
February 13, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Chris Cerf, Gov. Christie's education commissioner for the last three years, who helped usher in big changes like a new tenure law, a new teacher-evaluation system, and increased school choice, announced Tuesday that he would step down at the end of the month. Cerf, 59, is leaving his $141,000-a-year post to work for an educational-technology company headed by his old boss, former New York City schools Chancellor Joel Klein. The former deputy chancellor will become chief executive of Amplify Insight, a division of Amplify, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp.
NEWS
June 14, 2013 | By Ryan Nakashima, Associated Press
LOS ANGELES - News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife since 1999, citing a breakdown in the relationship. The matter doesn't alter the succession plan for the media company, which the 82-year-old founder controls through a family trust. Murdoch filed a one-page document Thursday indicating that he was opening a divorce case in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan. A News Corp. representatve confirmed the filing. A sealed document with the filing says, "the relationship between the husband and wife has broken down irretrievably," according to a person familiar with the matter.
SPORTS
April 30, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THERE HAS BEEN talk of the Phillies starting their own network a la the New York Yankees. That almost certainly won't happen for a variety of reasons. Now comes talk of another possibility: That Fox Sports will bid for the broadcast rights for Phillies games when the team's current contract with Comcast runs out in 2015. According to a report on Yahoo, Fox Sports, which is launching Fox Sports 1 in August, will pursue the Phillies. "They want Philadelphia," a source with knowledge of Fox's plans told Jeff Passan of Yahoo.
BUSINESS
April 22, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast Corp. CEO Brian Roberts was compensated $29.1 million in salary, stock options, bonus, pension contributions, and perks such as use of a corporate jet in 2012. That's more than 700 times what the typical U.S. worker earned in 2012, and Roberts, who was third on the list of top-paid Philadelphia-area CEOs last year, could top the list this year. It's a lot of moola. In an era of runaway Hollywood-mogul compensation, though, Roberts' pay package won't even make it to the top five in the entertainment industry, where Comcast has become a powerful economic force.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2013 | By Bob Fernandez, Inquirer Staff Writer
Media companies have committed to pay more than $110 billion for the TV rights to show live sports well into the next decade. These giant financial obligations are higher than a cost estimate reported in The Inquirer in 2012 and follow two years of frenzied bidding for TV sports content, such as Comcast Corp.'s $4.4 billion cost to televise the Olympics through 2020. Recent corporate regulatory filings detail the huge bet the nation's largest media companies - the Walt Disney Co., CBS Corp., Time Warner, and News Corp.
NEWS
December 4, 2012
LOS ANGELES - It was too expensive. It lacked editorial focus. And for a digital publication, it was strangely cut off from the Internet. That's the obituary being written in real time through posts, tweets and online chats about The Daily, the first-of-its-kind iPad newspaper, which is being shut down this month. Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. said Monday that The Daily will publish its final issue on Dec. 15, less than two years after its January 2011 launch. The app has already been removed from Apple's iTunes, where it once received lukewarm ratings.
BUSINESS
June 29, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
IN THE REGION N.J. Senate passes devices bill The New Jersey Senate on Thursday approved, 37-1, a bill allowing gamblers to use handheld devices to make bets while on the grounds of Atlantic City casinos. The bill authorizes use of the devices in areas like a casino's outdoor pool or recreation areas, or in lounges or hotel rooms. The state Division of Gaming Enforcement would have to verify that the devices would not work beyond the physical boundaries of the casino property.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
LONDON - Rupert Murdoch apologized Thursday for the phone-hacking scandal that has tarnished his global media empire, declaring: "The buck stops with me. " But he also blamed underlings at News Corp. for keeping him in the dark and trying to keep a lid on evidence of widespread hacking at the News of the World tabloid, which he shut down in July when the scandal broke wide open. On his second day testifying before a British judicial inquiry on media ethics, the Australian-born tycoon said he had spent "hundreds of millions of dollars" on the legal fallout of the hacking allegations and on cleaning up his newspapers.
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