May 7, 2015 |
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.
May 6, 2014 |
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.
February 13, 2014 |
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.
June 14, 2013 |
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.
April 30, 2013 |
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.
April 22, 2013 |
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.
April 1, 2013 |
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.
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.
June 29, 2012 |
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.
April 27, 2012 |
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.