Good news and bad news for the Murdochs this morning. The good news is that Britain’s powerful TV regulator Ofcom says BSkyB can keep its valuable pay-TV licence. The bad news is the watchdog has given Rupert’s youngest son, James, a mauling for his failure to act on the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.
After all that's happened to the Murdochs in Britain this year, it’s extraordinary that one of Rupert’s immediate family could be cheered onto the stage at a major media function and clapped off at the end to rapturous applause. But that's what happened to Rupert’s second daughter Elisabeth when she rounded on her family last night.
The Ecuadorian government has launched a scathing attack on the UK, alleging that it has threatened to withdraw its embassy's diplomatic status, in order to raid it, and arrest WikiLeaks supremo Julian Assange.
WikiLeaks has now teamed with a bankrupt Spanish publisher, a French web upstart and a newspaper accused of bias towards the Assad regime as media partners for the release of 2.4 million Syrian government emails.
Kim Williams' video to staff yesterday, announcing radical surgery at News Ltd to keep the patient alive, displayed a brilliant bedside manner, especially when it came to telling staff that some of them would regrettably have to go.
Risky, long overdue and a threat to democracy: that's the verdict of former Fairfax editors on the dramatic overhaul of Fairfax's metropolitan newspapers announced this morning.
The radical, brutal restructuring of Fairfax Media's metropolitan mastheads that was unveiled today is an inevitable and unavoidable, and belated, acceptance of the new media realities. It's also Fairfax's last desperate chance of saving two once-great Australian mastheads.
Fairfax is not just any company, and Gina Rinehart is not just any investor, which is what makes the miner's bid for a seat at the table so interesting, and so significant.
No person has snatched, wielded and lost more power in the past eighteen months than Julian Assange. We spoke to one of the world's most wanted men about why he does it.
James Murdoch utterly failed to convince British MPs last night that he is telling the truth about the News of the World phone hacking scandal. But neither did he run up the white flag, accept he'd lied to parliament or admit he'd been caught red-handed.