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Time Inc. to slash hundreds of jobs

Time Inc. said Wednesday it was cutting several hundred jobs as the US publishing giant streamlines to adapt to a “multi-platform” media landscape. Laura Lang, chief executive at the media unit of Time Warner, said the group was “beginning the painful process” of cutting “approximately six percent” of its 8,000…

‘Gomer Pyle’ actor marries male partner of 38 years

Jim Nabors, the 84-year-old actor who played the character Gomer Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show” and on his own “Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.” show, married his male partner, Stan Cadwallader, 64, in a ceremony in Seattle, Washington. According to the Associated Press, the two men traveled from their home in…

January Fox News ratings lowest since 2001

The Fox News Channel, the largest conservative media outlet, suffered its worst month since 2001 in January among the most coveted viewer demographic, according to the latest ratings figures. A press release from the NBC Media Center reported that Nielsen ratings for the month of January showed Fox News viewership…

U.S. ranked 32nd in press freedom index

Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday launched a new indicator measuring global press freedom by aggregating the scores of its annual index, from perennial table-topping Finland to worst offenders Eritrea. “In view of the emergence of new technologies and the interdependence of governments and peoples, the freedom to produce and circulate…

Volkswagen sticks by ‘racist’ Super Bowl ad

Volkswagen of America said Tuesday it’s going ahead with a Super Bowl ad that some critics are calling racist because it depicts a cheerful white office worker speaking in a Jamaican accent. Titled “Get In, Get Happy,” the 60-second spot has been seen more than 614,000 times since it went…

Fox News contributor frets Obama planning to ban Fox News

Reacting to President Barack Obama’s criticism of the role the conservative Fox News Channel plays in U.S. politics, network contributor Peter Johnson, Jr. said Monday night that the president might just find a way to ban watching Fox News. Johnson appeared on the network’s nightly opinion show “Hannity” on Monday,…

‘Finnegans Wake’ is Chinese publishing hit

A new Chinese translation of “Finnegans Wake”, renowned for its linguistic difficulty in the original, is proving a hit in China — although one academic called the author James Joyce “mentally ill”. The first-ever mainland Chinese edition of the novel sold out its initial print run of 8,000 copies just…

Murdoch apologizes for ‘grotesque’ Israel cartoon

Rupert Murdoch apologised on Monday for a “grotesque” cartoon carried in one of his British newspapers showing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu building a wall with Palestinian bodies. The acting editor of the Sunday Times newspaper, Martin Ivens, is due to meet with members of the Jewish community in Britain…

Fox News paid Palin over $15 per word, including 111 ‘amens’

An analysis by the University of Minnesota’s non-partisan Smart Politics website determined that Fox News paid former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin over $15 for each word she uttered on the air during her three-year contract, and 111 of those words were “amen.” Following last week’s news that Palin and Fox…

Ashton Kutcher landed in hospital after following Steve Jobs’s fruitarian diet

Actor speaks of ‘terrifying’ health ordeal at the Sundance premiere of the Apple founder’s biopic Christian Bale is rumoured to have lived on coffee and one apple a day to achieve his emaciated physique in The Machinist. But not everyone is suited to unorthodox diets, as Ashton Kutcher discovered after…

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