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British Cops Arrest 5 In Tabloid Bribery Probe

The criminal investigation into British tabloid skullduggery turned full force on a second Rupert Murdoch publication Saturday, with the arrest of four current and former journalists from The Sun on suspicion of bribing police. A serving police officer was also held.

News Corp.’s Miller: ‘It’s All About Video Now’

Jon Miller, the chief digital officer for News Corp., described his company’s digital strategy today as very “focused on video,” with a view that even properties that come from a print tradition should be producing more video content than they are today.

Carey Takes A Larger Role At News Corp.

Amid the scandal at the company’s British newspaper unit, Chase Carey, News Corp.’s president, has increased his influence, presenting a steady and less polarizing figure. Some regard him as the emerging face of the company.

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News Corp. To Pay Hacking Damages

Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper company on Thursday agreed to pay damages to 36 high-profile victims of tabloid phone-hacking.

News Corp.’s Shine Americas CEO Calemzuk Out

Fox Joins Battle to Buy L.A. Dodgers

News Corp.’s Fox unit on Tuesday signed a nondisclosure agreement with bankers handling the sale of the storied baseball franchise, the Wall Street Journal reports today, citing people with knowledge of the process. The move formally makes News Corp. a potential bidder for the Los Angeles team, and it is the latest indication that the company, which owned the Dodgers from 1998 to 2004, plans to do whatever it can to hang onto the team’s valuable media rights. Journal subscribers can read the full story here.

CES 2012

Microsoft, Fox Set TV, News, Web Video Apps

Fox Broadcasting Co., Fox News Channel, IGN Entertainment and the Wall Street Journal will launch apps for Xbox this year.

News Corp. Names Zweifach General Counsel

News Corp’s Shine Buying Web’s ChannelFlip

News Corp. In Talks For New General Counsel

News Corp. is expected to name veteran Washington attorney Gerson Zweifach as its next general counsel, filling what is likely to be a sensitive role as the media conglomerate deals with the fallout of the phone-hacking scandal that erupted this summer.

Morgan Refuses To Name Voicemail Source

In an eagerly awaited appearance before the U.K.’s media ethics committee, Piers Morgan, who replaced Larry King on CNN, was visibly tense, sometimes hostile and often rejected characterizations of his actions made by inquiry lawyers as “nonsense.”

Piers Morgan Faces UK Media Inquiry

LONDON (AP) — CNN star interviewer Piers Morgan will talk about his former job as editor of one of Britain’s troubled tabloids at a judge-led inquiry into the practices of Britain’s scandal-tarred press. Morgan will give evidence via videolink Tuesday to the Leveson inquiry in London. The inquiry was set up following the disclosure that […]

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British Police Arrest Man In Hacking Scandal

British police on Wednesday made their 18th arrest in connection with the phone hacking scandal that has rocked Rupert Murdoch’s media business.

UBS GLOBAL MEDIA AND COMMUNICATIONS CONFERENCE

Carey: Will Do What’s Necessary To Grow Hulu

You wouldn’t know that the Hulu auction was a failure based on the way News Corp COO Chase Carey describes the owners’ plans. They decided to hang on to the digital video service because its value to them “dwarfed some of the values that were being put on it” by bidders including Dish Network and Google.

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James Murdoch Quits Boards Of Two Papers

James Murdoch has resigned as director of News Group Newspapers Ltd. — publisher of The Sun — and Times Newspapers Ltd. — publisher of The Times and Sunday Times.

Rupert Murdoch Sells Nonvoting News Corp. Shares

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Police, News Corp. Dispute Statement

Lawyers for Scotland Yard and News Corp. disputed the suggestion that at least 28 employees of News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper unit as people who may have requested illegal voice-mail intercepts.

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James Murdoch Puts Blames On Underlings

Called back to Britain’s Parliament after former News Corp. employees challenged his credibility, senior executive James Murdoch insisted he’d been kept in the dark about widespread phone hacking at his now-defunct News of the World tabloid, blaming two of his senior lieutenants for failing to warn him of the paper’s culture of criminality.

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James Murdoch To Face More Questioning

Evidence has mounted that top News International executives knew phone hacking was pervasive, casting doubts on James Murdoch’s previous testimony.

News Corp. Pays Brooks $2.7M In Severance

Hacking Scandal Grows With New Arrest

Jamie Pyatt, an award-winning editor at Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun, has been arrested on suspicion of police corruption. An ethics scandal at the Sun could mean further legal and financial problems for Murdoch’s global media empire, which has already had to write off $91 million in restructuring costs linked to the closure of its now-defunct News of the World tabloid.

News Corp. HR Chief Beryl Cook Resigns

QUARTERLY REPORT

News Corp. TV Revenue Climbs 8%

The increase is attributed to stronger ad sales and a “greater than two-fold increase in retransmission consent revenues.”

NEWS ANALYSIS

James Murdoch Needs A Miracle

New documents show Rupert’s former heir apparent had been told of the gravity of the phone-hacking scandal. Staying alive at News Corp. will require a Houdini trick.

CARRIAGE WARS

DirecTV Takes News Corp. Fight To FCC

The two sides are at odds over a new distribution agreement that would keep News Corp.-owned cable channels including FX on DirecTV. If an agreement is not reached by Nov. 1, DirecTV has said it will stop carrying the channels. In a letter to the FCC, DirecTV took issue with some of the advertisements News Corp.’s Fox has run to alert people to the dispute. Specifically, DirecTV accused the company of misleading consumers.

Third Of Stockholders Oppose Murdoch Sons

The results released Monday from the News Corp. annual meeting last week suggest that most shareholders not affiliated with the family are opposed to one of Murdoch’s children taking control of the media conglomerate when its 80-year-old leader steps down.

Turmoil Engulfs News Corp. Meeting

Investor outrage led Rupert Murdoch to shut down Friday’s annual meeting after less than an hour and a half. The company later announced that the coup attempt against Murdoch and his directors had failed.

British Lawmaker Grills Murdoch At Meeting

More than 100 people demonstrated Friday outside the annual meeting on the lot of News Corp.’s Fox Studios in Los Angeles. British lawmaker Tom Watson asked CEO Rupert Murdoch whether he was aware that a person who had left prison was hired by News Corp. and hacked the computer of a former army intelligence officer.

Murdoch Beset By Doubts, Angry Investors

In Los Angeles for a shareholders meeting today, Rupert Murdoch will face pressure to remove himself and his sons from the News Corp. board. Critics say his handpicked board provides little oversight of a company with questionable ethics.

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News Intl. Knew Of Broad Phone Hacking In 2008

News Corp. Braces For Shareholder Flak

If shareholder votes of past years are any guide, the protest vote against some members of News Corp.‘s board at Friday’s annual meeting could be sizable—but it is unlikely to precipitate any changes. Meanwhile, some analysts and investors say they are more focused on shareholder-friendly actions being taken, like a share buyback that is under way.

Second Calif. Pension Fund Votes Against Murdoch

Investor Group To Vote Against Murdochs

Rupert Murdoch’s campaign to keep control of News Corp. suffered a fresh blow on Friday after another key shareholder group called for his eviction from the board of the embattled media company.

News Corp. Filing Rebuts Criticism Of Board

News Corp. went on the defensive Tuesday morning after an investor advisory firm urged shareholders to vote against reinstating several key members of the media giant’s board of directors, including the chairman and chief executive, Rupert Murdoch, and his son James Murdoch.

News Corp. Stung By Shareholder Advisory

Things could be interesting in Los Angeles on Oct. 21 when News Corp holds its annual shareholders meeting. Advisory firm Institutional Shareholder Services recommended today that stock owners reject 13 of News Corp’s 15 board members, including the three Murdochs: Rupert and his sons James and Lachlan.

News Board Urged To Drop James Murdoch

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U.K. Lawyer Wants To Sue News Corp. In U.S.

Mark Lewis, a U.K. lawyer who represents the family of hacking victim Milly Dowler, has consulted with U.S. lawyers about bringing a case against the News Corp. board within the next couple weeks.

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News Corp. Gets Letter From U.S. In Probe

News Corp. was sent a letter by U.S. prosecutors investigating foreign bribery, requesting information on alleged payments employees made to U.K. police for tips, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Ted Turner: Murdoch Will ‘Have to Step Down’

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Source: News Corp. To Pay £3M To Settle Case

News International, Murdoch’s British newspaper division, said it hopes to reach agreement soon with the family of Milly Dowler whose phone was hacked by Britain’s now defunct News of the World newspaper.