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AMERICAN IDOL DOWN, BUT WAY UP OVER RIVALS

April 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Its ratings may still be way off from what they were a year ago, but Fox’s American Idol was up slightly from last week and still strong enough to land far out in front of every other television show Thursday night. The one-hour results show attracted 15.34 million viewers, according to overnight Nielsen ratings. Nevertheless […]

RUPERT MURDOCH TAKES OFF THE GLOVES

March 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Amid new allegations of potentially criminal wrongdoing by units of his News Corporation, Rupert Murdoch took to Twitter today (Thursday), vowing to fight back. “Seems every competitor and enemy piling on with lies and libels,” he said in his first tweet, adding, “So bad, easy to hit back hard, which preparing.” His comments came following […]

MURDOCH AND CO. FACE NEW SCANDALS

March 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While it is unlikely that any coordinated planning was involved, several news outlets yesterday and today (Tuesday) rolled out investigative projects targeting Rupert Murdoch and News Corp, — among them Britain’s BBC, the London Independent, and America’s PBS. The BBC report claimed that the News Corp software company NDS cracked the access codes used by […]

WITH SCANDAL EXPANDING, MURDOCH TAKES CHARGE

February 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Six days after the arrests of five senior journalists at Rupert Murdoch’s largest newspaper, the London Sun, on charges that they bribed police and other public officials for information, Murdoch today (Friday), flew into London and made a series of startling announcements. “We are doing everything we can to assist those who were arrested,” he […]

THE BBC FALLS VICTIM TO SCANDAL

February 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Not even the staid old BBC — “Auntie,” as it’s affectionately known to millions of Britons — is immune from scandal. That fact became conspicuously apparent Sunday when the public broadcaster apologized for breaking its own rules that, it said, were “aimed at protecting our editorial integrity.” The BBC confirmed reports that originally appeared in […]

HACKING SCANDAL SPREADS TO LONDON TIMES

February 3, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

On his Twitter posts, Rupert Murdoch has remained oddly silent about the latest developments involving News Corp’s hacking scandal(s) in the U.K. While mentioning the latest market moves by Facebook and Google and remarking, “Things are buzzing,” Murdoch today (Friday) said nothing at all about the buzz over reports on Thursday that a crucial email exchange […]

KUTCHER REPLACING SHEEN IN TABLOIDS, TOO

November 18, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Not only has Ashton Kutcher replaced Charlie Sheen on CBS’s Two and a Half Men, he now appears to be getting Sheen-like coverage in the tabloids and Internet gossip sites. On Thursday, about three weeks after a woman claimed that she had sex with Kutcher, Demi Moore announced that she was divorcing him. “There are […]

MURDOCH FACES SHAREHOLDER STORM OVER HACKING (Updated)

October 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Rupert Murdoch responded to shareholder anger today over the recent scandals that have plagued his vast media conglomerate News Corp. Referring to the telephone hacking of celebrities and politicians practiced by his now-shuttered News of the World tabloid, Murdoch said, ”I promise you we will stop at nothing to get to the bottom of this […]

MURDOCH SHUTTERS U.K. TABLOID AS SCANDAL MUSHROOMS

July 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

News of the World, the 168-year-old Sunday tabloid with the largest circulation of any newspaper in the U.K., will permanently cease publication following next weekend’s edition. News International Chairman James Murdoch made the announcement this morning (Thursday) as new allegations of illegal activities by the newspaper’s staff and hired agents emerged and as major advertisers […]

WEINER CAPTURES 33 PERCENT OF CABLE NEWS’S TIME

June 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cable news networks devoted 33 percent of their time last week to the sexting scandal involving Congressman Anthony Weiner. According to the Project for Excellence in Journalism, the broadcast network television newscasts devoted 14 percent of their time to the scandal, slightly above online news websites, which nevertheless amounted to 14 percent of their news […]

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