News Corp.'s quarterly earnings calls with Wall Street analysts and the press weren't always such dull affairs. But when Rupert Murdoch stopped participating in them a little more than a year ago, the chance of anything really provocative or surprising or blunt being said vanished with him.
First thing: Hire the publicists.
William McGurn, WSJ columnist and former speechwriter for Murdoch, Bush, is named 'Post' editorial-page editor
The new editorial page editor of the New York Post will be William McGurn, a vice president at News Corp., the company that owns the newspaper.
Another member of The Daily's editorial team has landed on his feet as News Corp. prepares to shut down the short-lived tablet publication.
To assist the Daily staffers in that effort, there will be an internal job fair on Dec. 19. Several of them have already landed on their feet, including editor Jesse Angelo, who has been promoted to publisher of sister title the New York Post, and veteran gossip Richard Johnson, who had left the Post to become the Daily's Hollywood bureau chief but who is also headed back to the tabloid, according to an announcement this afternoon on his Facebook page.
Starting Dec. 15, News Corp's iPad newspaper, The Daily, will cease publication, bringing an end to an ambitious and expensive two-year experiment in tablet publishing that ultimately failed to be a considerable driver of readers and revenue in the nascent tablet-publishing market.
"Obviously we should look at some things," said president and C.O.O. ChaseCarey, speaking on a conference call with Wall Street analysts. "But I'm not going to get into commenting transaction by transaction, rumor by rumor,"
Veteran Albany reporter Jacob Gershman of the Wall Street Journal is preparing to leave the Capitol beat and report on legal matters for the paper, according to a knowledgable source.
A group backed by New York teachers unions has created a video criticial of Maggie Gyllenhaal for, perhaps inadvertently, siding against them.(5)
C.O.O. Chase Carey said the company was "targeting to make its initial regulatory filings around the end of the calendar year with operating details to follow."
A little more than a week after Dow Jones & Co. announced that about 25 jobs would be eliminated as part of a plan to make SmartMoney digital-only, the financial publisher is handing out yet more pink slips.
The split, which is expected be implemented over the next 12 months pending final approval from the company's board, will separate newspapers like The Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and The Times of London from film and TV assets like 20th Century Fox and Fox News Channel.
News Corp hasn't donated much to New York City candidates, but when they have, they've given to Democrats.
In 2007 and 2008, Quinn got $4,300 in donations from News Corp employees.
Former Rep. Anthony Weiner got a $1,000 back in 2007, and a sports editor at News Corp's iPad publication gave publisher Tom Allon $200 for his mayoral campaign this year.
If you look further back, Democrats who've accepted money from News Corp include Bill de Blasio (2003), Mark Green (2001) and David Dinkins (1988).
This weekend, Bloomberg spoke to editorial board of the New York Post—which is owned by News Corp—and said he doubts a Republican will enter the race and that expects the winner of the Democratic primary to be the next mayor.(1)