Lots of talk speculation flying around about what we will find in The Sun this Sunday. A few more tidbits have been released by the paper itself including that it has signed none other than Nancy Dell’Olio, former girl friend of Sven-Goran Eriksson, who will apparently “reveal what chic designs to wear”. There was speculation in the office that this will not involve her writing about best use of mirrors as she apparently doesn’t own any.
Also joining is Telegraph blogger and the author of ‘How to Lose Friends and Alienate People’, Toby Young, whose signing was tipped yesterday by Guido Fawkes and confirmed today in the Spectator today. Read more »
A Twitter account belonging to someone who purporting to be an ex-News of the World journalist claims there is little enthusiasm for The Sun on Sunday internally and that dummies of the paper have not been well received.
The account also claims the paper is struggling to find advertisers for the launch issue other than sister company Sky and that Tesco has pulled out of advertising in the first issue.
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I wrote a few things last year about News International possibly launching The Sun on Sunday, in the wake of the demise of the News of the World, and how it could be a success.
It all went quiet on The Sun on Sunday front after that as the hacking saga rumbled on. We’ve heard nothing since October, but apparently a launch could again be back on the agenda with the new paper on our newsstands as early as the Spring. Read more »
There is something of a row brewing between BSkyB and the liberal current affairs station CurrentTV, which was founded by former vice president Al Gore, after Sky said it was to pull the station from its pay TV line-up.
BSkyB says it is pulling the station due to persistently low ratings, but Current has hit back and said the move is politically motivated. Read more »
Robert Thomson, the Wall Street Journal’s managing editor and long time friend of his boss Rupert Murdoch, has had a pop at his rivals and their coverage of the phone hacking scandal.
He doesn’t name any names, but when it comes to the WSJ and Thomson you can put good money on the fact that his target is probably the New York Times, which he has publicly taken potshots at previously while also defending News Corporation in a piece entitled news and its critics in July. Read more »
Elisabeth Murdoch tried to persuade her father to remove her brother, James Murdoch, as chairman of News International, because he had allowed the phone hacking scandal to “spiral out of control”, according to an 11-page Vanity Fair article.
The article is published on the same day as it is reported that it cost News Corporation as much as £100m to close the News of the World with the loss of hundreds of jobs. Read more »
Labour MP Tom Watson, who has done so much to bring the News of the World phone hacking case into the light and led the charge against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, has taken it a step further.
He has bought shares in in the media giant and plans to head to Los Angeles in an effort to speak at what promises to be a very closely watched AGM on Friday. Read more »
Apparently they really are out to get Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation. Who would have guessed. Analysts from Needham & Co have downgraded News Corp from a buy to a hold on the basis that grounds that there are powerful enemies of the Murdochs out there who want to use the phone hacking scandal in London to bring him down. Read more »
An interesting perspective on Rupert Murdoch’s impact on the Wall Street Journal from Warren Philips. He is the man who spent 50-years at the paper rising from a foreign correspondent in the early 1950s to CEO of Dow Jones.
His verdict is the paper is better off under Murdoch than it would have been under its former owners the Bancroft family who sold to News Corporation in 2007 for $5.6bn (£2.8bn). Read more »
Journalists at News Corporation’s New York Post have been told they must preserve any documents and information related to the unauthorised gathering of personal information or unlawful payments to government officials. Read more »