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HISTORIC MOVIE STUDIO SAVED FROM WRECKING BALL

July 18, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Britain’s famed Twickenham Studios has been saved. Twickenham — where such films as the Beatles’ Help and A Hard Day’s Night were filmed (as well as such classics as The Private Life of Henry VIII, Alfie, The Italian Job (1969), Blade Runner, A Fish Called Wanda, An American Werewolf in London, Interview with the Vampire […]

CRITICS LESS THAN JUBILANT ABOUT JUBILEE COVERAGE

June 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Television broadcasters in the U.K. came under withering criticism from several commentators today (Monday) for Sunday’s coverage of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee pageantry that included an estimated 1,000 boats accompanying the Royal Barge along the Thames River. In the Daily Mail, columnist Jan Moir remarked that “something died” during the BBC’s coverage. “It was the […]

HACKING SCANDAL CONTINUES TO SPREAD AT NEWS CORP

April 6, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

When Rupert Murdoch tweeted — seemingly from out of the blue — “I have nothing to do with Sky News” in February, one of his “followers” asked him to explain, given the fact that Sky News’s parent is News Corp-controlled BSkyB. Murdoch never did. But he may be compelled to do some explaining if, as […]

WILL MURDOCH COMPLETE $14-BILLION ACQUISITION OF BSKYB?

July 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said over the weekend that he will allow opponents of Rupert Murdoch’s effort to buy complete ownership of satellite operator BSkyB until the end of this week to raise final objections. Hunt has already telegraphed that he is disposed to giving Murdoch’s News Corp the clearance to complete the acquisition. […]

U.K. CULTURE SECRETARY SAYS HE’LL APPROVE BKYB DEAL

June 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

As was widely predicted, British culture secretary Jeremy Hunt announced today (Thursday) that he has agreed in principle to permit Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to acquire the 61 percent of satellite broadcaster BSkyB that it does not already own, contingent on the company’s separating itself from Sky News, its 24-hour equivalent of CNN. (The satellite […]

REPORT: MURDOCH TO TEAM WITH SLIM TO TAKE OVER FORMULA ONE

April 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp may team up with Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim to make a joint bid for Formula One Auto Racing, Britain’s Sky News, a News Corp unit, reported today (Wednesday). If successful, Britain’s Guardian newspaper observed, the acquisition would represent the first time that a single media group has taken over an entire […]

TSUNAMI SWEEPS OVER TV

March 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Japan’s NHK network has provided gripping coverage of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country early on (Friday). Throughout the day, NHK tracked the devastating progress of the deluge, showing the massive tidal wave carrying boats onto farmlands, sweeping up homes and cars — and people — and carrying them away. The television network […]

MURDOCH MAY SPIN OFF SKY NEWS CHANNEL

March 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In its latest bid to gain complete control of the British satellite service BSkyB, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp on Wednesday offered to sell or spin off its Sky News channel. Such a maneuver, analysts indicated, is intended to relieve concerns about media control that have been expressed by Murdoch’s rivals and by consumer groups. But […]

TWO AND A HALF MEN TO RESUME SHOOTING ON TUESDAY

February 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite remarks on several gossip websites that Charlie Sheen has taken off on a “tropical vacation,” Sheen’s manager and publicist maintained on Wednesday that the actor will be back on the set of CBS’s Two and a Half Men when the show resumes production next Tuesday. The actor, who said last week that he is […]

POLICE ALERT THOUSANDS IN U.K. HACKERGATE SCANDAL

February 10, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The mounting Hackergate scandal in Britain took a new turn today (Thursday) when Scotland Yard, which has reopened the case, signaled that it is alerting thousands of celebrities and politicians that their voicemails were hacked by a private investigator working under the aegis of Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid News of the World. The Met, as […]

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