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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 »

Fox Drops Bid to Grab Time Warner

Rupert Murdoch is moving on

(Newser) - A deal that would have combined two of the world's biggest media companies is no more—21st Century Fox is abandoning its attempt to take over Time Warner . The about-face announced today comes three weeks after Time Warner revealed that it had rejected 21st Century Fox's unsolicited $76... More »

Jon Stewart Launches 'Kickstarter' to Buy CNN

Parody site promises perks for contributors who pony up

(Newser) - Time Warner kicked Rupert Murdoch’s $80 billion takeover bid to the curb last week, but the media giant is still trying to woo the cable telecommunications company by raising more money, reports Bloomberg . One wrench in that plan? Jon Stewart ... kinda. The host of The Daily Show last night... More »

Now on Fox's Shopping List: Time Warner

$80B offer rebuffed, but Murdoch unlikely to give up

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox made an $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner last month, sources tell the New York Times , and while Time Warner replied with what's described as a "terse letter" of rejection, the sources say Murdoch is locked in and unlikely to give... More »

Murdoch Honcho Gets 18 Months

Andy Coulson could be out in 9 months

(Newser) - "No one is above the law," said British Prime Minister David Cameron today in reaction to the sentence handed to former News of the World editor Andy Coulson—who went on to work for Cameron. Coulson was sentenced to 18 months in prison for participating in a phone-hacking... More »

Lone NOTW Honcho Convicted of Phone Hacking

Andy Coulson convicted, Rebecca Brooks acquitted

(Newser) - Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking today, but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire. A jury unanimously found Coulson, an ex-adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron,... 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 »

Murdoch Divorce Takes Turn for the Messy

Lawyer switch may signal battle ahead

(Newser) - Looks like Rupert and Wendi Murdoch's road to Splitsville might be a bumpy one. The media tycoon's third wife has switched lawyers, ditching the one who handled the couple's 1999 prenup for William D. Zabel, who has helped other women win big settlements in their divorces from... More »

Murdoch Tape: Bribe Scandal 'Next to Nothing'

Recording reveals meeting with journalists

(Newser) - A newly released tape reportedly reveals a conversation between Rupert Murdoch and Sun journalists—and its contents are looking damaging for the News Corp. boss. Apparently speaking to staff arrested on bribery claims , Murdoch calls the investigation into his media empire "the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing,... More »

'Scandal Details' Coming in Murdoch Divorce?

BBC business editor tweets of 'jaw-dropping' reasons

(Newser) - The gossip mill is churning in the wake of the Rupert Murdoch-Wendi Deng divorce filing . As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Deng's friendships with prominent males from Tony Blair to Eric Schmidt are being poked at (Blair's rep firmly denies the former British PM and Deng "are having... 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 »

Rupert Murdoch Quotes Koran in Weird Twitter Rant

May have something to do with murder of UK soldier

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch and Twitter continue to make for an ... interesting combination. Yesterday the News Corp mogul randomly started quoting the Koran on his account , and Twitchy thinks it was in relation to a couple tweets he sent out the day before about the slaying of a UK soldier . Here... More »

Murdoch Tried to Buy US Presidency—Media Yawn

Carl Bernstein rips into coverage at Washington Post, elsewhere

(Newser) - Carl Bernstein can't quite believe how the US media mostly ignored what he sees as a bombshell story: As his Watergate partner Bob Woodward revealed earlier this month , Rupert Murdoch tried to get David Petreaus to run for president last year, promising to bankroll his campaign and give him... 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 »

Rupert Murdoch's Mother Dead at 103

Elisabeth Murdoch was a patron of the arts

(Newser) - Dame Elisabeth Murdoch, mother of media mogul Rupert, has died at her Australia home at age 103, the Australian reports. Murdoch was an 18-year-old debutante when a photo of her in a magazine was spotted by editor Keith Murdoch, 42. The newspaperman and his wife were married 24 years and... More »

Fox's Ailes Offered to Back Petraeus Presidential Bid

He urged general to reject CIA directorship, reports Bob Woodward

(Newser) - Fox News chief Roger Ailes made a serious effort last year to enlist Gen. David Petraeus to seek the GOP nomination for president, reports Bob Woodward for the Washington Post . Fox News national security analyst Kathleen McFarland was asked to speak to the general on Ailes' behalf on a trip... 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 »

UK Report Blasts Murdoch, Press for Wreaking 'Havoc'

Leveson report being watched with keen interest domestically

(Newser) - Lord Justice Brian Leveson's long-awaited report on the various scandals surrounding News of the World and other British tabloids finally hit today, and it absolutely savages Rupert Murdoch's newspapers and the British press in general. The press, Leveson writes, has "wreaked havoc in the lives of innocent... 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 »

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