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Rupert Murdoch’s daughter calls on media to put morality over profits

LONDON — Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of Australian-born tycoon Rupert, urged the media to concentrate on morals as well as profit during a speech to television executives in Scotland on Thursday. Giving the MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, Murdoch said News Corp — her father’s company — had…

News Corporation digital chief to step aside ahead of split

WASHINGTON — News Corp said Thursday that Jonathan Miller, head of digital operations for Rupert Murdoch’s media-entertainment conglomerate, would step aside as the group prepares for its split. Miller, who became chief digital officer in 2009, will leave his post at the end of September “as the company moves towards…

Greta Garbo’s belongings to hit the auction block

Hundreds of items belonging to Greta Garbo, including designer clothing, will be auctioned off in December, Julien’s Auctions announced Wednesday. The legendary actress’s “personal collection… has never been previously available and (is) rarely seen by others,” the Beverly Hills-based auctioneers said in a statement. The sale, set for December 14…

Singer Sarah Brightman could be next International Space Station tourist

British soprano Sarah Brightman could become the next space tourist to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS), a senior official at the Russian space agency hinted Wednesday. The singer, 52, known for her roles in West End musicals such as The Phantom of the Opera is being considered…

Royal family told British press not to print nude Prince Harry photos

The royal family warned the country’s newspapers not to publish nude photographs of Prince Harry cavorting with friends on holiday in Las Vegas. The photographs, published in the United States by celebrity news website TMZ.com, showed the third-in-line to the throne naked in a hotel suite. In one of the…

Foreign journalists ‘intimidated’ in China: press groups

Foreign press associations in China expressed alarm Tuesday over recent incidents of intimidation directed against foreign media workers, including the alleged beating of a Japanese journalist. The Foreign Correspondents’ Clubs of Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong said they were “extremely concerned” by four recent cases of journalists who had been…

Comedian Phyllis Diller dies at age 95

US actress and comedian Phyllis Diller — who in the 1960s helped pave the way for female comics in Hollywood — died Monday at her Los Angeles home at age 95, her manager told AFP. The trailblazing star — known for her distinctive laugh, disheveled hair and outlandish wardrobe —…

Elton John fears son will face homophobia

LONDON — Elton John believes his son Zachary’s childhood is going to be “very difficult”, battling homophobia and the impact of his father’s fame, the pop icon said in an interview published Tuesday. The 65-year-old British star and his Canadian civil partner David Furnish, 49, became parents on December 25,…

Myanmar says it ends decades of media censorship

Myanmar said it had abolished media censorship on Monday in the latest in a series of rapid democratic reforms, delighting journalists who lived for decades under the shadow of the censors’ marker pen. Draconian pre-publication checks – applied in the past to everything from newspapers to song lyrics and even…

‘Top Gun’ director Tony Scott commits suicide: report

Prominent Hollywood film director Tony Scott, whose works included “Top Gun,” has committed suicide by jumping off a bridge in San Pedro, California, The Los Angeles Times reported late Sunday. Citing unnamed Los Angeles police sources, the newspaper said Scott’s body was pulled out of the water near the Vincent…

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