The Newsonomics of Rupert Murdoch’s Long Game

So Thomson’s ascension is no surprise (“Nine Questions as Murdoch Splits The News Corp. Baby”). Sure, he’s an editor — but he’s a News Corp. editor, and has been for a decade. Robert Thomson has been well schooled in the College of Murdoch. He’s a strategic news executive with a good sense of ...

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Nine Questions on the News Corp Split: The Rise of Twenty-First Century Fox and The Daily’s Demise

Why did The Daily fail? I think the short answer is that it missed the first law of media: Make it interesting. The Daily was attractive, even sometimes stunning, in its visual appeal, but too empty-headed to attract a daily readership. If you are going to call something The Daily, you better ...

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The Newsonomics of the News Corp Split

The split made sense even before Hackgate. Viacom, Belo, and Scripps all split off growing assets over the last several years to investors’ cheers. This sequestering of no-growth — what the newspaper business, charitably, has become — businesses has its logic. Media ain’t what it used to be. ...

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New News Corp Strategy: Become an Even More American Company

News Corp can try to make itself over, as completely and quickly as it can, as an American entertainment company, with global investments (Britain, Italy, Germany, India, the Middle East). That initiative -- we may presume a new CEO some time in the not-too-distant future -- will focus on ...

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The Myths of Murdoch: Real, Unreal and Surreal

Please, don't tell me we're "all guilty," in the U.S., as well. We've heard a lot of citing of ABC's checkbook journalism controversy with the litany of crimes apparently committed by those calling themselves journalists. Treading on society's victims lives, paying off police for years and ...

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Nine Questions: Murdoch’s Lion in Winter, Alicia Calling, Junk Traffic and Negotiating Like It’s 1999

It’s quite a cat-and-mouse game. The cat is Rupert Murdoch, a lion in the winter of his career. Astoundingly, he’s become the leading spokesman for American journalism. The mouse is the crafty Google, adjusting its algorithms and its tactics, faster than publishers can bemoan, “who moved my ...

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Can Cablevision Turn a Triple Play into a Newsday Home Run?

It’s easy to get lost in the current era of Big Man in Town Journalism. Zell. Singleton, Murdoch. Tierney. Harte. So much of the recent drama in newspaper ownership change has been driven by personality, as keep-it-in-road, rationale profit-seeking companies turn up their noses at the ...

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