Keep an eye on: Murdoch (again)
Here’s one story the Wall Street Journal didn’t break on Friday. Vacationing in the Mediterranean aboard his yacht — the Rosehearty — didn’t stop Rupert Murdoch from picking up the phone to persuade three WSJ reporters from defecting, the LA Times reports, citing unnamed sources.
As you may recall, the first major sticking point in News Corp’s $5.6 billion deal for Dow Jones involved protecting its editorial integrity from meddling hands, including those of the lifelong newspaperman Murdoch.
One reporter is leaving for the New York Times, another is staying and the third is undecided.
It’s not immediately clear if Murdoch’s actions are signs of things to come, his attempt at maintaining high qualities at the flagship paper, or spin control. Paidcontent.org followed up with another nugget:
“The reception area at WSJs World Financial Center offices received a mahogany reception desk because Murdoch thought what was there needed sprucing up. So we heard. Take it for what it is.”
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