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News Corp execs expect James Murdoch ouster

NEW YORK (Reuters) – News Corp’s senior management is starting to think about what the company might do if James Murdoch stepped aside, sources inside and close to the global media empire said. With Rupert Murdoch’s younger son under increasing pressure from the phone-hacking scandal enveloping the company, News Corp…

Ridley Scott to direct new ‘Blade Runner’ film

Nearly 30 years after making the sci-fi cult classic “Blade Runner,” British director Ridley Scott has agreed to direct a new installment, the producers have said. The new “Blade Runner,” produced by Alcon Entertainment, will not be a remake but rather a follow-up or a prequel to the original. Scott…

James Murdoch admits News Corp. paid off convicted criminal

The son of Rupert Murdoch has admitted in a letter to British lawmakers that he authorized large payments to a convicted criminal, seemingly in exchange for his silence about his company’s activities. Under questioning by members of Parliament last month, James Murdoch, CEO of News International, said he was not…

Reporter claimed News Corp. phone hacking was ‘widely discussed’ at meetings

A letter sent to top News Corporation officials in 2007 (PDF), published Tuesday by the British Parliament, accuses high ranking executives and other journalists at the now-defunct News of the World of actively discussing phone hacking efforts during editorial meetings, and calls into question the testimony of Rupert and James…

Missouri teacher/student ‘Facebook’ law draws ire

KANSAS CITY (Reuters) – As the school year resumes next week, Missouri teachers will have to think twice about making private contact with students on Internet sites such as Facebook. The state’s school districts are under orders to draft policies to comply with a new law restricting such communications in…

Rep. Barney Frank: NPR cut me off because they didn’t like my argument

After three decades in Congress, it’s understandable that Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) has a lot to say — too much to say, according to NPR. Frank gave an interview to Morning Edition Tuesday morning, and host Steve Inskeep had to interrupt Frank, he said, to cut back to local stations.…

Bachmann starred in movie warning public education would spark new Holocaust

In a strange revelation Thursday, Mother Jones magazine unearthed a mostly forgotten 2002 movie that stars none other than Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann during her days as an education activist, warning Americans about a coming second Holocaust brought on by the U.S. public education system. As if that weren’t…

Ex-Murdoch executive arrested over hacking

Police have arrested a former news editor of the defunct News of the World on suspicion of phone hacking, the latest executive from the paper to face questioning over the scandal. Greg Miskiw, 61, was arrested at a London police station yesterday, a police source said, the 12th person detained…

News Corp. board backs Murdoch after hacking scandal

Rupert Murdoch claimed boardroom backing to remain at the helm of News Corp. as he worked to shift attention from the phone-hacking scandal to his media behemoth’s healthy bottom line. “The job won’t be open in the near future,” the 80-year-old media mogul quipped when asked during an earnings conference…

News Corp. profit up thanks to television business

SAN FRANCISCO — Scandal-battered media behemoth News Corp. on Wednesday reported a bumper end to the fiscal year with profits and revenue buoyed by its cable television business. News Corp. said net income for the recently-ended fourth fiscal quarter tallied $683 million and that it finished the year with profit…

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