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After launching with fanfare less than two years ago, News Corporation’s iPad newspaper, The Daily, will close after failing to attract a large enough audience. After launching with fanfare less than two years ago, News Corporation’s iPad newspaper, The Daily, will close after failing to attract a large enough audience. AAP

The Daily didn’t work, but it’s not the end for news on tablets

The Daily was launched in February 2011 to great fanfare. It was the first iPad only newspaper (although it did have a web mirror but that was just for sharing). It had a simple price, $1 per week, and…
Rupert Murdoch wields enormous influence, but is subject to little accountability. Rupert Murdoch wields enormous influence, but is subject to little accountability. AAP

For News shareholders, it’s Rupert’s way or the highway

Rupert Murdoch recently told owners of 62% of the equity in News Corporation that they had no business in corporate decision-making. The company employees in excess of 50,000 people and has revenues of…
Newspapers are finally embracing the digital future: but what do the journalists really think of this? Newspapers are finally embracing the digital future: but what do the journalists really think of this? Image from www.shutterstock.com

Digital future or race to the bottom? What journalists really think

As major newspapers in Australia prepare to move to digital-first models, the old idea of a journalistic “priesthood” imparting wisdom to many is shifting. Our recently released survey, Journalism at the…
News Corporation will split its publishing assets from its entertainment arm - with the exception of its Australian operations. News Corporation will split its publishing assets from its entertainment arm - with the exception of its Australian operations. AAP

News Corporation is breaking itself up. Why?

News Corporation is breaking up. The process will take about 12 months and is subject to shareholder approval. The de-merger will separate News Corporation’s publishing assets from its media and entertainment…
Rupert Murdoch arrives at the Leveson Inquiry in London last week. Rupert Murdoch arrives at the Leveson Inquiry in London last week. EPA/Andy Rain/Facundo Arrizablaga

The truth about Rupert Murdoch’s empire of control emerges blinking into the light

Actor Hugh Grant said it as well as anyone in an interview with ABC News a while back. All that was needed to end the UK’s decades-long culture of tolerance for News International’s phone-hacking, its…
Modern pay-TV systems have improved security, but the techniques for getting into them are also better. Modern pay-TV systems have improved security, but the techniques for getting into them are also better. goodbanta

Pay-TV smartcard hacking – how easy is it?

Over the last couple of days a small furore has erupted over allegations a News Corp subsidiary, NDS, has been hacking the pay-TV smartcards of News Corp’s competitors, and even News Corp’s own companies…
News Corporation is facing claims a subsidiary engaged in piracy against pay TV rivals in a bid to destabilise them. News Corporation is facing claims a subsidiary engaged in piracy against pay TV rivals in a bid to destabilise them. AAP

Pay TV piracy claims bring a fresh storm for News Corp

The Australian Financial Review has published allegations that a “secret unit” within Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation undertook a program of piracy against pay television operators in a bid to damage…
Rebekah Brooks travels to News International headquarters last year. Rebekah Brooks travels to News International headquarters last year. EPA/Kerim Okten

Hackgate: the impact of Rebekah Brooks' arrest

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie were among a number of people arrested yesterday UK time on charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. The…
Can a Sunday version of top selling weekday tabloid The Sun recapture readers lost when the News of the World was closed? Can a Sunday version of top selling weekday tabloid The Sun recapture readers lost when the News of the World was closed? AAP/Facundo Arrizabalaga

The Sunday Sun rises: will the replacement News of the World shine for Murdoch?

I write on the day that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp launches its Sunday Sun in the UK, to widespread astonishment at the man’s “chutzpah” and apparent lack of remorse for the ethical breaches which brought…
The way the Federal Government has handled the Australia Network tender could see it forced to pay compensation to Sky News. The way the Federal Government has handled the Australia Network tender could see it forced to pay compensation to Sky News. AAP

Is the Federal Government legally liable for treating Sky News unfairly?

The Australian Government’s handling of just who should run the Australia Network is manifestly controversial. And it may have put itself in the position of having to pay out compensation to the passed-over…
Murdoch is taking more control of his Australian interests now John Hartigan is gone. Murdoch is taking more control of his Australian interests now John Hartigan is gone. AAP/Rob Hutchison

A new broom for News Limited as Hartigan exits, but what now for Murdoch’s empire?

Was John Hartigan pushed or did he leave his position as CEO of News Limited just in time? It’s likely that only a handful of people know the real answer to this question; among them will be “Harto” and…
Self-regulation of newspapers can lead to a conflict of interest. Self-regulation of newspapers can lead to a conflict of interest. AAP/William West

Independent media inquiry: self-regulation key to freedom of press

The Gillard Government has announced it will hold an inquiry into the state of the Australian print media. One of the key elements investigated will be the role of the Australian Press Council, the self-regulatory…
Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd owns 70 per cent of Australia’s daily print media. Rupert Murdoch’s News Ltd owns 70 per cent of Australia’s daily print media. AAP

The danger of equating freedom of speech with ‘freedom of the press’

While “Murdochgate” rolls on, the question of what it means for Australia has inevitably been attracting considerable attention. In this discussion, News Ltd itself has played a leading role. For those…
Rupert Murdoch holding a copy of The Times, a News International paper. Rupert Murdoch holding a copy of The Times, a News International paper. AAP

The perils of trying to regulate for ethical behaviour

In little more than two weeks, the long simmering issue of illegal phone hacking at News Corporation’s British newspaper News of the World has developed into a cascading crisis, with fatal results for…
As both CEO and chair of News Corp, Murdoch must accept blame for his employees' behaviour. As both CEO and chair of News Corp, Murdoch must accept blame for his employees' behaviour. AAP

Corporate governance 101: the buck stops with Rupert Murdoch

News Corporation shareholders would have been justifiably disturbed when James and Rupert Murdoch told this week’s UK parliamentary committee hearing that they could not be held responsible for the behaviour…

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