Tag Archives: News International

Miliband pressure sees Labour peer pull out of Sun on Sunday column

Maurice Glasman, the Labour peer and one time strategic advisor to Ed Miliband has pulled out of plans to write a weekly political column for the Sun on Sunday after words with the Labour leader.

That will be the same Mr Miliband who Glasman laid into in an article for New Statesman in January where he wrote that the Labour appeared to have “no strategy, no narrative and little energy”. Clearly the Sun was hoping for more of the same. Read more on Miliband pressure sees Labour peer pull out of Sun on Sunday column…

Sun insider claims Sun On Sunday is “desperately seeking advertisers” for first issue

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.

Read more on Sun insider claims Sun On Sunday is “desperately seeking advertisers” for first issue…

Murdoch tells staff Sun on Sunday will launch soon

Rupert Murdoch is understood to have told staff in an email, circulated before he addressed them (see below), that News Corporation is planning to launch the Sun on Sunday very soon.

He told staff: “We will build on The Sun’s proud heritage by launching The Sun on Sunday very soon”.

That puts paid to any talk fo Murdoch selling the Sun and it confirms what Murdoch said recently when  he denied the Sun on Sunday launch is on hold. Read more on Murdoch tells staff Sun on Sunday will launch soon…

Murdoch denies Sun on Sunday launch is on hold

Yesterday it was being reported that the launch of the Sun on Sunday, slated for April, was on hold following the arrest of four Sun journalists at the weekend.

That was the claim made by a report in the FT, which I wrote about. Rupert Murdoch, however, has taken to Twitter and said the report is 100% wrong. What are we to take from this? Read more on Murdoch denies Sun on Sunday launch is on hold…

Plans for Sun on Sunday on hold after arrests; News Corp loses second senior PR exec

Plans for the launch of the Sun on Sunday, which had been planned for April, have been put on hold following the arrests at the weekend of four current and former senior Sun journalist in connection with phone hacking, according to insiders quoted by the FT.

The plans to put the paper on hold come as News Corporation last night announced the loss of its second senior public relations executive in as many days as news broke that chief spokeswoman Teri Everett is leaving. She had most recently worked on shepherding the company’s PR efforts through a phone hacking scandal in London Read more on Plans for Sun on Sunday on hold after arrests; News Corp loses second senior PR exec…

News International parts company with top PR man

The senior departures at News International are coming thick and fast. This week alone has seen the troubled company has parted ways with its strategy director Terence Cassaon as well as with two commercial executives.

Now it is the turn of close associate of James Murdoch, Matthew Anderson, to leave. He is News Corporation’s group director, strategy and corporate affairs for Europe and Asia, and often described as Murdoch’s right hand man. Read more on News International parts company with top PR man…

How News International hid the phone-hacking scandal

After News International yesterday paid out what is expected to be a healthy seven figure sum to 37 phone hacking victims, who had been targeted by the News of the World, high court judge, Mr Justice Vos, said that the Rupert Murdoch-owned company had made “an admission of sorts” that it deliberately engaged in a cover-up of evidence relating to phone hacking.

The judge said he had seen evidence which raised “compelling questions about whether you [News Group Newspapers] concealed, told lies, actively tried to get off scot free”. Read more on How News International hid the phone-hacking scandal…

News International to payout to 37 hacking victims

News International has agreed to pay settlements to 37 victims of News of the World phone-hacking scandal in civil settlements. Among those receiving payouts are actor Jude Law, Labour MPs Denis MacShane and Chris Bryant, Ashley Cole and ex-Deputy Prime Minister Lord Prescott.

Most people pursuing damages from New International have now settled, according to lawyers. Law alone has been paid £130,000 in damages. Read more on News International to payout to 37 hacking victims…

Phone hacking: number of possible victims is almost 5,800

The Guardian is reporting this morning that the total number of possible phone hacking victims could stand at almost 5,800 — and that number could yet rise as the police investigation into News International and the News of the World continues.

That is incredible figure. That is the equivalent of hacking the entire population of a small town. More than that it is, as the Guardian notes, industrial in scale. Not a one man band, but a small business venture. Read more on Phone hacking: number of possible victims is almost 5,800…

Tom Watson buys News Corp shares and will attend the AGM

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 on Tom Watson buys News Corp shares and will attend the AGM…

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