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Sun heavily criticised for mocking Roy Hodgson’s speech impediment on its front page

On the day after Rupert Murdoch was declared “not fit” to have “stewardship of a major international company”, and he sent an email to staff, in which he said the report by the parliamentary committee affords us a unique opportunity to reflect upon the mistakes we have made” , the Sun is under fire for attacking new England manager Roy Hodgson on its front page. Hodgson was named England manager yesterday.

The paper pokes fun at Hodgson’s speech impediment and seems to be a particularly shoddy way for the paper, and the company at large, to reflect on its past misfortunes and will endear it to few. Read more on Sun heavily criticised for mocking Roy Hodgson’s speech impediment on its front page…

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 on Sunday to launch on Sunday, big sales expected

Last week Rupert Murdoch told us that the Sun on Sunday will launch very soon.

He wasn’t kidding. Last night the news broke that The Sun on Sunday will launch this coming Sunday, February 26. The announcement comes seven months after News Corporation shut down the troubled News of the World.

The launch of the paper is announced boldly on the front page of the Sun this morning.

“Next weekend will see the birth of the first ever Sunday edition of your favourite paper. Rupert Murdoch announced last week that The Sun on Sunday would be coming “very soon”. Now that momentous new dawn is here.” Read more on Sun on Sunday to launch on Sunday, big sales expected…

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…

Should Rupert Murdoch sell the Sun?

Another weekend another clutch of Sun journalists have been arrested. This time five were arrested and bailed “over allegations of inappropriate payments to police”.

The infection that quickly killed the News of the World appears to be sapping the Sun. The arrests were the second round at the Sun and over the weekend and led to some calling for Rupert Murdoch to sell the paper and be done with his rotten British tabloid business, which has tarnished his global media empire. Read more on Should Rupert Murdoch sell the Sun?…

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…

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…

BSkyB accused of playing politics as it prepares axe for Current TV UK

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 on BSkyB accused of playing politics as it prepares axe for Current TV UK…

Welcome to the face of the new smaller BBC #dqf

Doubly sad news today as the BBC has announced that it will cut 2000 jobs by 2017 and still isn’t closing BBC Three. That channel has friends in high places.

But more seriously, these are very large cuts championed by Rupert Murdoch, his executives and his newspapers, and implemented by David Cameron who has managed to put even more people out of work. With the economy going so well that really does cap an excellent year in office. Read more on Welcome to the face of the new smaller BBC #dqf…

News Corp downgraded on threat from ‘Powerful Enemies’

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 on News Corp downgraded on threat from ‘Powerful Enemies’…

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