Murdoch says no to U.S. government newspaper bailout

May 28, 2009

News Corp Chief Executive and newspaper empire builder Rupert Murdoch showed up on the Fox Business Network (which he owns) on Thursday to talk about the future, or lack thereof, of newspapers.

Murdoch toys with idea of Kindle-like reader

May 6, 2009

Where will the mogul strike next? Doesn’t seem like he’s yearning right now for The New York Times, which is doing battle with a guild that doesn’t want to give up lifetime job guarantees of 190-odd Boston Globe staffers.

MySpace friends ex-Facebooker

April 24, 2009

It looks like MySpace is getting closer to raiding the competition — at least, one step removed. Facebook veteran Owen Van Natta is expected to be named as the new head of News Corp’s MySpace social network on Friday.

Comcast CEO Roberts makes the Top 15 on pay

April 6, 2009

While we were at The Cable Show last week, Comcast filed a documents with securities regulators detailing its 2008 executive compensation. The filing showed that Chief Executive Brian Roberts received $23.7 million in 2008 up from $20.8 million in 2007 but below his 2006 payout of $26 million.

Could Google buy Twitter? Ask Arrington, then ask Swisher

April 3, 2009

******We sprinkled updates into this blog. We’re highlighting them like this.******Thanks to TechCrunch, U.S. tech reporters are about to spend another weekend working instead of playing. UPDATE: Or maybe Kara Swisher at All Things D will save them!******Two sources told proprietor Michael Arrington that Google “is in late stage negotiations to acquire Twitter.” He wrote:***

We don’t know the price but can assume its well, well north of the $250 million valuation that they saw in their recent funding.

More work, same pay at New York Post

March 10, 2009

New York Post newsroom staff are grumbling about a new work rule that essentially pays them the same amount of money, but for more work.

Murdoch’s paper love: LA Times next?

February 25, 2009

Rumors of Rupert Murdoch’s interest in buying The New York Times have been swirling for ages, and maybe the media mogul would have snapped up the venerable paper by now were it not for the Sulzbergers.

Murdoch daughter disses dad

February 25, 2009

Courtesy of Richard Siklos, Fortune’s media writer extraordinaire, who just posted this on the website on Tuesday:

Chernin parachutes, Murdoch keeps flying

February 25, 2009

News Corp President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin’s perks after he leaves News Corp at the end of June are basic compared with some legendary golden parachutes, though they’re still worth more money than I make in a year. Or 10 years for that matter.

Rough day for Murdoch. Or is it?

February 24, 2009

One has to wonder what today is like for a media chief as mogul-y as Rupert Murdoch, whose