from Newsmaker:

Thomson Reuters Newsmaker with Sebastian Coe and Hugh Robertson

July 22, 2011

To mark the one year countdown to the London Olympics, Thomson Reuters held a Newsmaker event on July 21 with four-time Olympic medalist and chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, Sebastian Coe and Minister for Sport and the Olympics, Hugh Robertson MP. Below are highlights from the evening.

from Newsmaker:

Tick, tick, tickets – defusing an Olympic PR bomb

July 21, 2011

-Adrian Warner is BBC London's Olympics Correspondent. The opinions expressed are his own.-

from Felix Salmon:

A few Murdoch questions

July 20, 2011

After taking phone calls about Rupert Murdoch on Brian Lehrer's show this morning and then immediately doing an hour-long diavlog with Alex Massie on the subject, I'm beginning to get a little Murdoch-ed out. But there are three newish points that are worth raising.

from Felix Salmon:

The Murdochs pass their parliamentary trial

July 19, 2011

The biggest surprise for me, at the Murdoch hearings today, was the lack of political theater and crocodile tears of remorse. I was expecting a ceremonial piling-on -- a group of politicians all jumping at a very rare opportunity to tell Rupert exactly what they thought of him, with the billionaire mogul just sitting there and taking the insults, reiterating over and over again just how very sorry he was about everything that has happened.

Constitution in crisis as tyrannical journalists devour cowed politicians

July 19, 2011

A sordid tale of excess and brutality, of a world dominated by journalists with their ears to the keyhole, of tyrannical newspapers wielding remarkable power and of a political class not only cowed, but consumed, by that power.

from Felix Salmon:

Could News Corp end up in play?

July 18, 2011

The increasingly-fragile nature of Rupert Murdoch's hold on News Corp has refocused attention on its dual-class share structure. As John Gapper noted last week, such structures aren't particularly good for minority shareholders like you or me. And if you plug today's share price into the Breakingviews Murdoch discount calculator, you'll see that the company is trading at roughly 30% below its fair value. Or, to put it another way, if Murdoch and his voting control were to disappear tomorrow, the shares could jump a good 45%.

from Left field:

ICC name best test team of all time. Right or wrong?

July 18, 2011

The ICC has unveiled the best test team of all time as voted for by fans on the governing body's website. The ICC offered a shortlist to choose from.

from Felix Salmon:

News Corp’s future

July 15, 2011

The abrupt departure from News Corp today of Rebekah Brooks (early) and Les Hinton (late) is yet more proof that News Corp is flailing around and incapable of getting out in front of the phone-hacking story. It's a bit like the way in which the cost of bailing out Lehman Brothers would rise by a few billion dollars an hour at the height of the financial crisis in 2008: every day of bluster and delay just makes this crisis worse for News Corp and for Rupert Murdoch.

from Breakingviews:

Tip for the Murdochs: don’t be yourselves

July 15, 2011

By Chris Hughes

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from FaithWorld:

Ireland attacks confessional secrecy after Catholic sex abuse scandal

July 15, 2011

(A Roman Catholic Croat confesses to a priest during a pilgrimage in Krasno, some 150km (93 miles) south of Zagreb August 15, 2009/Nikola Solic )