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Time Warner looks to slim down by selling off some magazines

Media giant Time Warner is in talks on the sale of some of its magazines to a large US publisher, the conglomerate’s Fortune magazine reported Wednesday. The report said some of the titles such as People, InStyle and Real Simple, would be carved out and rolled into a company to…

Thompson Reuters plans to cut 2,500 jobs

Global media group Thomson Reuters said on Wednesday that it would cut 2,500 jobs in its financial products division by the end of the year as part of a cost-cutting drive. Chief executive James Smith announced the cuts as he released the company’s quarterly and annual financial results, saying the…

Pope’s resignation ‘linked to sex abuse crisis’, says ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’ director

Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney suggests Pope Benedict XVI’s departure stems from recent sex scandals Oscar-winning film-maker Alex Gibney, whose documentary Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God details a small part of the current wave of accusations surrounding the Catholic church, has suggested that the Pope’s resignation…

Six arrested in new ‘News of the World’ hacking probe

Police arrested six current or former journalists on Wednesday in a new probe into alleged phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s now-closed News of the World tabloid, Scotland Yard said. Investigators had identified a “further suspected conspiracy” by staff at the paper in 2005 and 2006 which was separate to the…

After Pope’s surprise retirement, a shocked media speculates on successor

The world’s media speculated on whether the next pontiff may come from the developing world, while paying mixed tributes to Pope Benedict XVI following his shock resignation announcement. The 85-year-old Benedict said on Monday that he would step down at the end of this month because of health reasons, becoming…

Doctor Who goes 3D for 50th birthday

Time Lord’s half-centenary will be celebrated with special screenings in 3D in cinemas and on BBC HD channel The Time Lord is accustomed to travelling through space and time, but BBC1′s Doctor Who will have an added dimension for its 50th-anniversary special, which will be filmed in 3D and shown…

DC Comics hires anti-LGBT writer for Superman series

Superman fans are up in arms at the decision of the publisher to appoint a noted anti-gay writer to pen the Man of Steel’s latest adventures. Comic giant DC has commissioned Orson Scott Card, author of the award-winning and best-selling Ender’s Game sci-fi series, to write for DC’s Adventures of…

Sarah Silverman’s sister among 10 arrested for wearing men’s prayer shawls, praying at Western Wall in Jerusalem

Israeli police on Monday took 10 women for questioning after they wrapped themselves in men’s prayer shawls and prayed at the Western Wall, one of Judaism’s holiest sites, in the Old City of Jerusalem. “Around a hundred women gathered at the Kotel (Western Wall) this morning, they wrapped themselves in…

Esquire reporter: Man who killed bin Laden faced life ‘like a mafia snitch’ after leaving Navy

While an Esquire magazine contributor said on Monday that the U.S. Navy SEAL who shot and killed Osama bin Laden doesn’t have access to health care after leaving the service, military guidelines indicate that the operative would still be eligible for government benefits. “What they offered when he came out,…

Radio DJ behind fatal royal hoax back on the air

One of the Australian radio hosts at the centre of a royal hoax call controversy in which a nurse was found hanged returned to the airwaves Monday. Michael Christian, with Mel Greig, made the phone call to London’s King Edward VII Hospital in December pretending to be Queen Elizabeth and…

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