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Daily Mirror faces high-profile hacking claims

LONDON — Ex-England football boss Sven-Goran Eriksson and a former nanny to the Beckham family are taking legal action against Britain’s Mirror Group Newspapers over alleged phone hacking, according to Sky News. Media lawyer Mark Lewis said he had also issued High Court claims against newspapers in the Mirror group…

National Geographic to sell archive photos to nurture emerging photographers

NEW YORK — Photos and art depicting some of the most inaccessible and eye-catching places around the world will go on auction in a sale of National Geographic archive works. The collection is expected to raise more than $3 million when it goes on the block December 6 at Christie’s…

Canada’s Globe and Mail begins charging for online content

Canada’s national daily, The Globe and Mail, on Monday began charging readers a Can$20 monthly subscription to access news on its website. The Toronto-based newspaper’s print edition on Monday was wrapped in an advertisement for the new online service, which can be accessed from a laptop or tablet computer, or…

Colbert and Back Again? Comedy Central host to appear in ‘The Hobbit’

Fans of Comedy Central’s faux rightwinger Stephen Colbert will be pleased to learn that he’s set for a cameo in the second movie in Peter Jackson’s forthcoming trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.” An unnamed but “knowledgeable” source told The Hollywood Reporter (THR) that the role was firmed up…

Sex abuse scandal ‘worst BBC crisis in 50 years’

Unfolding claims of sexual abuse against late BBC star Jimmy Savile have plunged Britain’s national broadcaster into its biggest crisis for 50 years, a senior reporter has warned. Veteran BBC foreign editor John Simpson explained in an interview to be aired Monday that the scandal had left the broadcaster in…

Murdoch aims to buy the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune

Two US newspapers, the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, are reporting that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation is gearing up to acquire them. The titles are currently owned by the debt-laden Tribune Company, which is likely to end up in the hands of two investment firms and a bank…

Middle school turns out chess champions in ‘Brooklyn Castle’

Chess team members from I.S. 318 in Brooklyn play on the train. Chess teams from this school are consistently the most-winning ones in the nation.(Courtesy of Producers Distribution Agency) Is chess cool? In my day, being in the school chess club was about as hip as being on the audiovisual…

How America’s funny women fought hard for their place in the spotlight

America now has many famous female comics. But it has been a 60-year struggle, a book reveals When American magazine journalist Yael Kohen went looking for a book on the history of female comedians, she was stunned to discover that almost nothing had been written on the subject. “There were…

Roger Ailes to stay as head of Fox News for four more years

Creator of the infamously ‘fair and balanced’ network signs a new contract that will keep him at the helm until 2016 Roger Ailes has signed a new contract with Fox News which will keep him in charge of the channel for the next four years, News Corp announced on Friday.…

Alleged Alec Baldwin stalker says Facebook could clear her

Canadian actress Genevieve Sabourin said she has been unable to obtain records of her Facebook conversations with American actor Alec Baldwin that would help clear her of stalking charges. “I will appear before a New York jury (on November 27) without my evidence. I wonder what my chances are of…

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