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Clooney Flick Takes on UK Phone Hacking

Actor will direct adaptation of Nick Davies' 'Hack Attack'

(Newser) - George Clooney will put his stamp on the British phone-hacking scandal, directing an adaptation of Nick Davies' book Hack Attack for Sony. The book is the result of six years of investigation into Rupert Murdoch's News Corp and News of the World, and the flick "has all the... More »

Rupert Keeps Fox; Wendi Gets Apartment

Murdoch divorce said to be almost finalized

(Newser) - As the Murdoch divorce approaches finalization, settlement details are emerging: Don't expect any changes to 21st Century Fox or News Corp, the Los Angeles Times reports. Rupert will keep both properties, as well as his Beverly Hills home and newly-acquired Moraga Vineyards, though New York will remain his primary... More »

Murdoch Honchos' Trial Begins in Britain

Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson face phone hacking charges

(Newser) - Today marks the beginning of a phone-hacking trial centered on two former bosses at Rupert Murdoch's News Corp: Rebekah Brooks, once head of News International, and Andy Coulson, former editor of the now-shuttered News of the World. Brooks is accused of hacking mobile phone messages, paying off public officials,... More »

Rupert Murdoch Divorcing Wife

News Corp chief splits with Wendi Deng

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch might be in the market for a bodyguard. The 82-year-old News Corp chairman has filed for divorce from his wife of 14 years, Wendi Deng, reports Deadline.com . (Deng, 38 years his junior, once famously came to her husband's rescue against a pie-thrower.) The "relationship... More »

Fox: Lawsuit Could Force Us to Go Subscription-Only

Suing Aereo for stealing its signal

(Newser) - Fox is in the midst of a lawsuit over rights to its over-the-air programming—and if it loses, its broadcast network could turn to a subscription model, News Corp's president says. At issue is a lawsuit against Aereo, which offers broadcast TV on digital devices, Mashable reports. "Aereo... More »

Face It, Cable: You're on the Way Out

Michael Wolff: Execs haven't wised up to industry's demise

(Newser) - Cable TV is "on the fast train to oblivion," but you won't hear that from its executives. The latest financial results from Time Warner and News Corp are upbeat, and Comcast has decided to snap up the rest of NBCUniversal ahead of schedule. But the disastrous future... More »

Tribune Co. Explores Sale of LA Times, Chicago Tribune

Rupert Murdoch rumored to be interested

(Newser) - What happens when you take the Tribune out of the Tribune Co.? We might be about to find out. The company is actively seeking bankers to help sell off its newspapers—potentially including the Chicago Tribune and LA Times—when it emerges from bankruptcy at the end of the... More »

RIP The Daily: Murdoch's iPad Paper Folds

It was too slow to gain an audience: Murdoch

(Newser) - Less than two years ago, News Corp launched The Daily , a newspaper for iPad users; as of Dec. 15, iPad readers will have to turn somewhere else for news. "Technology and other assets" from the electronic rag, as well as some of its employees, will be transferred to the... More »

Top Murdoch Honcho Quits as News Corp Split Looms

Rebekah Brooks' replacement to 'pursue outside opportunities'

(Newser) - One of Rupert Murdoch's main media henchmen has stepped down after just 16 months at the helm of News International, the Telegraph reports. Tom Mockridge, who took over News Corp's scandal-hit British newspaper business from Rebekah Brooks last summer, is leaving to "pursue outside opportunities," the... More »

Ex-Murdoch Execs to Face Bribery Charges

Just the latest accusations for Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson

(Newser) - British prosecutors are adding new charges to the litany of accusations against former Rupert Murdoch executives. Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both at the center of the phone-hacking scandal, will be charged with bribing public officials in exchange for stories and information, the New York Times reports. Two other News... More »

'Red-Blooded' Murdoch Eyes LA Times, Tribune

News Corp's CEO 'has an irrational love of newspapers'

(Newser) - The head of the world's biggest news company is eying two crown jewels in American journalism: the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. In fact, Rupert Murdoch has been in preliminary talks about buying both papers in a purchase of the Tribune Co., according to executives at Murdoch'... More »

Report: News of the World Burglarized Lawmakers

And maybe celebrities, report hints

(Newser) - Forget phone hacking; police now have evidence suggesting that News of the World's private detectives just plain burglarized the homes of its subjects, the Independent reports. Documents from the investigation show that police believe Southern Investigations, a PR firm the paper often employed, had "gained unauthorized access to... More »

News Corp Posts $1.6B Loss

UK scandal hits Murdoch firm's bottom line

(Newser) - Divorce doesn't come cheap: Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has posted a hefty quarterly loss of $1.6 billion, mainly because of its plans to split its profitable entertainment businesses from its ailing publishing arm . The company cut $2.8 billion from the value of its publishing businesses, with... More »

UK Charges Brooks, Coulson in Hacking Scandal

British prosecutors announce 19 charges

(Newser) - British authorities have announced 19 charges over the tabloid phone hacking scandal, and they're targeting some of the biggest names in the case. Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron's former communications chief Andy Coulson will both be charged with conspiring to "intercept communications."... More »

Why Rupert Murdoch Quit Several Top Positions

News Corp chief's job may be 'fragile': Howard Kurtz

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch has resigned from the boards of several companies that control his newspapers, as the Telegraph reported—but why? News Corp called it “nothing more than a corporate housecleaning exercise," but Howard Kurtz writes this at The Daily Beast : "Don't buy it." Besieged by... More »

Why Murdoch, Ailes Are No Romney Fans

Romney 'too soft' for News Corp honcho, NYT reveals

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch has never been a big fan of Mitt Romney, and the lukewarm feeling is mutual, the New York Times finds. On Romney's two visits to the editorial board of the Wall Street Journal—which printed a scathing attack on the "confused" Romney campaign yesterday—there was... More »

News Corp Confirms It Will Split

Rupert Murdoch will chair both companies; investors celebrate

(Newser) - News Corp is confirming that the media behemoth will split in two, allowing its more profitable entertainment properties to break free of its less profitable publishing ones, reports the Wall Street Journal —which itself is on the publishing half of that divide. "We will wow the world as... More »

This Is Humbling Day for Murdoch

Michael Wolff: News Corp's move to spin off print must sting

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch has had some lousy days of late, but it's a safe bet that today is the worst of all. In fact, reports that his News Corp might spin off print operations from its more lucrative entertainment side could make this "the most humble day" of his... More »

Murdoch Contemplates Splitting Up News Corp

Separating publishing would make other media more profitable

(Newser) - After resisting investors' pressure for years, Rupert Murdoch is finally considering splitting his News Corp. media empire in two, dividing publishing and the company's other, more lucrative media units, reports the Wall Street Journal . The Murdoch family would likely maintain its control of both companies, similar to Sumner Redstone'... More »

Rupert Murdoch Lobbied UK for Republicans: 'Invade Iraq'

Tony Blair took "over-crude" call from News Corp owner

(Newser) - The owner of Fox News personally lobbied then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair to invade Iraq sooner rather than later, according to a journalist's diary. Rupert Murdoch reportedly made the 2003 call to Blair's cell phone, "pressing on timings" and promising News International would support the war, writes... More »

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