Tag Archives: Rupert Murdoch

The face of future media wars is a-changing

Paul Harris in The Observer, London: “In future, media wars will not be fought between newspapers, and perhaps not even between newspaper websites. They will be fought between internet brands, blogs, online video sharers, news aggregators, gossip sites and things as yet undreamt of. They will not be fought in one city nor one country,…

Rupert Murdoch on India, China and democracy

The controversial media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, on India and China, in Esquire: “Any company that is global cannot ignore China or India. They are just enormous, emerging great powers. I enjoy China. I have a lot of friends there. But all we have there are the moment is a few very minor investments. “India is…

‘Skewed Crude Fuels Pump Slump’

Despite his vast, wide and well-earned notoriety, Rupert Murdoch continues to maintain—unlike any Indian newspaper publisher, may we add—that he wants to make The Wall Street Journal “the best newspaper in the world.” Yet, the thought of the owner of ultra-sleazy tabloids The Sun, News of the World, and The New York Post being at…

Lelyveld: The war between TV and papers is over

Joseph Lelyveld, the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning former executive editor of The New York Times, has been visiting India. Lelyveld, who served as the paper’s India correspondent between 1966-69, spoke to staffers of The Indian Express in Delhi as part of the paper’s Idea Exchange programme: # On his return to NYT after the Jayson Blair…

Obscenity ain’t in the eyes of the publisher

This promotional advertisement—showing the top half of a woman with a ten-pence coin covering each of her breasts—released by Rupert Murdoch‘s Sun newspaper has been ruled as not offensive or pornographic by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in Britain. Objections related to women being portrayed as sexual objects, the ads appearing on buses where children…

Rupert Murdoch eyeing print space in India?

There have been persistent rumours of it for a while now. Now Business Standard reports that Rupert Murdoch‘s Star group is indeed planning a foray in the print media in India. Top executives of Star are believed to have visited Bangalore and held talks with liquor baron Vijay Mallya for a possible joint venture. Mallya…

How Murdoch is taking on the New York Times

American media observers went into a tizzy when news emerged that Rupert Murdoch would lay his hands on the Wall Street Journal. So what’s happened to the paper since he gained ownership of it? The Project for Excellence in Journalism has done a survey of the frontpages of the newspaper in three months preceding and…

Why JoJo might want to leave The Times of India

SHARANYA KANVILKAR writes from Bombay: Well-placed sources in command central of The Times of India group confirm that the paper’s executive editor, Jaideep Bose aka JoJo, has indeed put in his papers as has been rumoured for the last couple of days, but not even editors who have his ear are in a position to…

Indian television literally goes to the dogs

On Rupert Mordoch‘s Star News channel, the bellwether of tabloid journalism on Indian television, a  blogger captures another piece of pure magic. Breaking News shouts the super: “Dilli: Commissioner sahab ka kutta mila” (translation: “Delhi: Commissioner’s dog found) Also read: When AB baby’s cold becomes hot news Link courtesy Content Sutra

If print is dying, why did they have to build this?

It is the size of 23 football pitches. It is built with enough steel to build the Eiffel Tower twice over. Its 12 presses can roll out 86,000 copies every hour. It will eat up 330,000 tonnes of newsprint every year. Rupert Murdoch calls it a “printing cathedral”. Roy Greenslade calls it the most amazing…

When AB baby’s cold becomes hot news

The unseen hand of Rupert Murdoch in skewing the vision of news television in India, especially in the vital Hindi space, is a subject no media analyst, critic or observer has yet turned her spotlight on. Thanks to the headway made by the execrable output of Star News, news channel after Hindi news channel, has…

‘Fake news on Fox News must be the real news!’

Lewis Black, in the Daily Show segment Back in Black, on Rupert Murdoch‘s Wall Street Journal, Conservapedia, Qube TV and Fox News. “On “liberal” Wikipedia, homosexuality is defined as “…sexual attraction between people of the same gender or to a sexual orientation.” “On Conservapedia, homosexuality is defined as “…an immoral sexual lifestyle… going beyond the…