1.Everyone shall possess the right to freely express and publicise his thoughts in words, images or by any other means, as well as the right to inform others, inform himself and be informed without hindrance or discrimination 2.Exercise of the said rights shall not be hindered or limited by any type or form of censorship Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, Article 37.º

Rupert Murdoch's Infotainment News: The McCanns Media Machine

"Rupert Murdoch owns some of the most influential newspapers in the UK as well as the SkyNews and Fox TV 'news' channels and has backed the biggest and dirtiest propaganda campaign in support of two persons suspected by the police of involvement in the disappearance of their child in Portugal.

Why? What earthly motive cou
ld this man have?

Has he instigated this circus because he was so moved by the story of the abduction of a defenceless little girl and felt so much sympathy for the parents that he felt that he had no option but to support them come hell or high water?

What makes this man so convinced of the parents' comp
lete innocence in the affair that he is prepared to put the whole weight of his media interests behind their 'cause' to challenge the Portuguese police, judicial system and at the end of the day the Portuguese government and by implication, the Portuguese people too?"

"...give them exactly what they were asking for. And we did it all without compromising the quality of our product (...) They want news on demand, continuously updated. They want a point of view about not just what happened, but why it happened. They want news that speaks to them personally, that affects their lives."
Rupert Murdoch's speech to the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Washington DC, April 13 2005

Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism is a 2004 documentary film by progressive filmmaker Robert Greenwald that is highly critical of Fox News . Outfoxed examines how media empires, led by Rupert Murdoch's Fox News, have been running a "race to the bottom" in television news. This film provides an in-depth look at Fox News and the dangers of ever-enlarging corporations taking control of the public's right to know. Here are some quotes from former Fox employees: "We were stunned because up until that point we were allowed to do legitimate news, suddenly we were ordered from the top to carry propaganda" - Frank O Donnell, Former Fox News Producer "I've heard directly from folks, both as correspondence and as bookers who've expressed very grave reservations, almost as if they are being monitored by a Stalinist system" - Larry Johnson, Former Fox News Contributor.

News: "Fair and balanced" because they say so!

"As Rupert Murdoch's 'war on journalism' hits new lows, droves of disgruntled employees are confessing their many misdeeds, brought upon by the systematic oppression they faced at FOX News. Watch how FOX executives dictate their bias by forcing reporters to follow memos that predetermine "what they could say and how they could say it."

Rupert Murdoch has decided that the best approach to journalism is to parade opinions dressed-up as News. The reason is simple: No one can disprove an opinion, and therefore, credibility is easier to maintain. Should they ever get caught lying, the legal process affords them protection under the First Amendment. All this, thanks in part to Congress who had the bright idea of passing a rider (hidden) Bill to deregulate the News Media. That's right, Corporate News entities can tell lies and distort the news if they so choose, and it's all perfectly legal.

Employees Expose FOX NEWS' Distortions

Murdoch Admits Manipulating the News for Agenda

George Galloway is interviewed by woman on Sky News and points out the hypocrisy of Rupert Murdoch news reporting.

Hunting in the Algarve: the Madeleine disappearing act
By Binoy Kampmark
17 September 2007

What were those parents doing in the Algarve in May instead of looking after a child whose abduction (if we assume that) has driven the media to a state more frenetic than an OJ Simpson feeding frenzy? Rupert Murdoch’s Sky News runs regular updates and interviews, and they are far from the only ones.

Had the disappearance not happened, it would have had to have been invented. Fine for a young couple to feast and drink in Praia Da Luz while their offspring sleeps. A tragic situation, but while they play, the offspring vanishes. Questions are asked, but they are not hammered home, and the parents are not given the dusting they perhaps ought to be. Indeed, there is a recent suggestion by the Portuguese police that the parents, Gerry and Kate, may be suspects but the search continues. We are reminded by a cruel Antipodean precedent: the Azaria Chamberlain case which was eventually planted on a dingo. Sadly, the only person not to join in the fun in this case is Madeleine herself, who remains as spectral as an al-Qaida cell.

For months now, both parents have resembled martyrs before television. Coalition war casualties are of less interest than airtime slots on the search for Madeleine. Not even bin Laden can get his videos in ahead of airtime.

We are constantly reminded of one purported fact: These are “good” people. Dad (Gerry) is a heart specialist. With mother, Kate, almost as equally photogenic as her daughter, there is no reason to doubt the script. They are an ideal British family touring a country in a manner reminiscent of American tourists in pre-Castro Havana. Then the icing on the cake: they are regular churchgoers, and the media crowd the pews with them. Even Sir Richard Branson has agreed to fund the McCanns in the hope they get a “fair” legal hearing.

The Portuguese police, in contrast, have been represented as having the acumen of Inspector Clouseau. They chase leads with little enthusiasm and much incompetence. Papers such as the Telegraph have grumbled about the presence of “southern Mediterranean machismo” in the investigations. Given the fact that British journalists are notoriously inept at picking up other languages, problems of interpretation have been acute. It is not merely the McCanns v the police, but the Brits against the Portuguese.

Had this sweet, wide-eyed child lacked the angelic disposition and the sugary gaze, would she have been such a fine advert for the missing? Probably not. Hundreds of similar “disappearance” cases (pity those less photogenic and media savvy) are further driven into obscurity, but they lack media purchase.

When confronted with the endless photos on display from US public transport to the more slick European advertisements, the vanished subject is a mere face, a tragic footnote. The emotional register reads with a dull thud. Awful, but who cares? Disappearance, whether it may be an accident of human import or natural design, is not a phenomenon that imprints. We have far better things to do.

That is, till Madeleine. “Download the Appeal poster” on the Sky News site , and Madeleine is given prominent treatment. We can read a timeline of her abduction. There is even an “interactive path to suspect’s villa”.

No one wants to spoil a good show, at least one that enables the goons in Fleet Street to have their feed. A morality tale is the easiest thing to spin when the young and rich are confronted with tragedy. The McCanns may have intended it as an innocent enough exercise initially: use the press to get us to the source of the crime. But such shows, like Saturn, tend to consume their children. Even better: he who sups with the devil should use a long spoon. That the stars of the show should turn out as suspects is not as perverse as it sounds. The traces of blood and hair in a car used by Kate McCann point a crude finger in the direction of the parents though we are none the wiser.

Having been the stars of a show that would have made Andy Warhol salivate, the McCanns are now the players of a grim tale that can only end in tears. As Minette Marin, a contributor to the London Times suggests, somewhat condescendingly, we “need great stories, and have done so out of mind, to enable us to understand the world and our places in it”. The child may have ended up in a network of lucrative abduction-chains that stretch across Europe. A network has been detected in Bulgaria. That’s if she is lucky. The other chance is more realistic: a grisly fate that has become unmentionable. But no one wants to think that: the tale can’t end like that. Surely not.

The McCanns' Trial by Media

By Thomas K. Grose
20,September 2007

There's been no shortage of surprises in the ongoing saga of Madeleine McCann, the 4-year-old British girl who disappeared from her family's vacation apartment in Portugal more than four months ago — the biggest shock occurring earlier this month when Portuguese police officially named her parents as suspects. Still, it was somewhat stunning when a YouGov poll published in the Sunday Times of London this week found that only 20% of Britons think Gerry and Kate McCann are completely innocent.

That indicates a huge disconnect between the public and Britain's many and multifaceted newspapers, which are usually adept at playing to their readers' biases. The press here — from populist tabloids to serious-minded dailies — has largely been unswerving in its support of the McCanns. "Madeleine: Her Mother is Innocent," shouted Wednesday's Daily Express. "Torture," declared Sunday's The People over a picture of Kate McCann, Madeleine's mother. And Chris Roycroft-Davis, a media consultant and Express commentator, thinks that's how it should be. "The media have been very, very sympathetic toward the McCanns, quite rightly so," he said on a Sunday morning BBC Radio 2 program.

Other analysts think the pro-McCann tilt is a mistake. "The press have treated the parents almost too nicely," says Adrian Monck, head of London's City University's Department of Journalism, and that could backfire if any portion of the Portuguese police's suspicions that the McCanns might know more than they are saying proves correct. Adds Charlie Beckett, a media and communications expert at the London School of Economics: "The media have almost been campaigning on behalf of the McCanns instead of adopting a more balanced position. Now they're finding it much harder to change tack."

In the wake of the police actions, however, some are trying. The Daily Mail's David Jones wrote that while he hopes the police are wrong, "a terrible nagging doubt has refused to leave me." It may be "unpalatable," he adds, but "we can no longer take their innocence as an absolute, cast-iron certainty." Olga Craig in the Sunday Telegraph recently described Kate McCann, pointedly, as cold and distant. Some publications are hedging their bets with a two-track approach: supporting the McCanns, but also printing stories that tend to bolster the police line of inquiry. London's Evening Standard recently quoted sources as saying critics of the DNA evidence — which early reports said implicated the McCanns — didn't know what they were talking about, that investigators had "full confidence" in test results. Yet, on the next page, the paper ran a two-page spread headlined, "Despite the accusations, facts are on their side."

Most commentators, however, remain resolutely supportive of the couple, including Jones's Daily Mail colleague, Allison Pearson. "I refuse to believe they are guilty unless overwhelming evidence is uncovered," she wrote. Of course, she's basically saying they're innocent until proven guilty — hardly a radical thought, since it's the bedrock of Western jurisprudence. Roycroft-Davis, however, has apparently solved the case. He said on Radio 2: "These people are completely innocent. There's no evidence that I've read that shows that they've got any part whatsoever in Madeleine's disappearance."

Ah yes, evidence. How much is there and how strong is it? That remains known only to Portuguese legal officials, suppressed for now by Portuguese law. When a Portuguese prosecutor declared Wednesday that there is currently no plan to interrogate the McCanns again, British papers claimed the police probe of the couple was "crumbling" or in "meltdown." But by saying more evidence was needed, he was mainly reiterating what police plainly said last week: They don't have enough evidence yet to charge the McCanns.

So most of the debate over evidence is based largely on leaks of varying degrees of reliability. Says Beckett: "In a vacuum of facts, it's usually best to hold back." But given the fierce rivalry that defines the British media, holding back isn't an option. So they've been awash with leaks, rumors and anonymous quotes. Much of the info actually originates with the Portuguese press. Able to cite Portuguese news outlets as their sources, U.K. papers have repeated even the most outlandish of claims. One report, since debunked, said police thought Madeleine had been weighted down and dropped at sea from a British-registered yacht.

Some critics think the story has been overplayed from the start. "It's not intrinsically important," says Peter Kellner, journalist and YouGov president. "It's a horrible thing for the family, for a small group of people. But everyday, thousands of people around the world have to cope with horrible events." Still, Monck believes that British editors have seized upon the story because they identify with the McCanns: They, too, are middle-class professionals, many of whom have children and have taken similar vacations.

The McCanns, of course, initially helped whip up public interest in the disappearance. After Madeleine first went missing, they launched a massive media campaign that was endorsed by celebrities — billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson this week started a McCann defense fund with around $200,000 of seed money — and they even got a meeting with the Pope. The YouGov poll indicated that some of the anti-McCann sentiment in the U.K. is a negative response to their self-generated publicity.

The poll's overwhelming results did, however, surprise Kellner, given the press's ongoing support for the McCanns. Nevertheless, he notes, "Even if you are reporting it in a sympathetic way, you are still saying they are suspects, and news of them being suspects swamps the sympathetic coverage." British readers may disagree with the tone of the coverage, or they may think the story is overplayed, but until the case is resolved in some fashion, the McCann media circus is here to stay.

The Sun and Robert Murat

The Sun is a filthy rag of a newspaper. Aimed at the most base and unthinking gutter and feral elements of British society, sadly it enjoys significant influence in shaping the opinions of a vast swathe of the population, in much the same way that Sky News, another Rupert Murdoch propaganda machine does.

An article on the Madeleine McCann farce/sham/cover-up (delete as applicable) in December 28th's edition of the "news" paper once again points the finger at Robert Murat. Murat lets not forget fits the bill perfectly as a tabloid villain. He's unmarried, is not photogenic, lives with, or near his mother and has a physical disability - he has a detached retina in one eye (NOT a glass eye, as the gutter press insist). In short, he's Norman Bates-on-Sea for the lazy tabloid press, and of course what the Sun says is treated as gospel in transport cafes, and on building sites throughout the land. The description of Murat by the Sun as a "one-eyed oddball" is wrong on so many levels. Would they have drawn attention to his colour had be been black? Or to his sexuality if he was gay?

Murat's victimisation and plain harassment by the British media has been shameful, as too has the McCanns, and their poisonous PR team and clueless El Clouseaus Metodo 3's willingness to point the finger at a man who is clearly NOT guilty of kidnapping Madeleine.

Once Gerry and Kate McCann are securely under lock and key, for child neglect at least, then I dearly hope Mr Murat has his day in court, and successfully sues the media, the McCanns and Gordon Brown's cancerous Labour government (for it is they who have supplied the vile Clarence Mitchell to be the McCanns Witchfinder General) and walks away from this sordid tale with significantly more money in his bank account than lies in the tawdry Find Madeleine appeal coffers...

Faked TV and phoney scandals
By Mike Hume
11 September 2007

(...)If the root of the problem is not confined to television, however, the response from within the media is making matters worse. It is important that we try to sort the wheat from the chaff here, or perhaps the serious TV issues from the trash.

Let’s try to remember to separate reality television from reality. These programmes are supposed to be entertainment. And from Hollywood to the Big Brother house, the first rule of watching entertainment shows is ‘suspend your disbelief’ – that is, don’t try to judge them by the standards of real life.

We need to retain some semblance of proportion. Nobody really cares about ‘noddies’. As for the premium phone-line quiz scandals, there may be – as Paxman suggested – some scope for a fraud prosecution, if anybody could be bothered to pursue the loss of a few pence in a ‘fixed’ quiz they stood next-to-no-chance of winning anyway. But these embarrassing episodes have little wider significance, unless somebody out there really believes that Richard and Judy are the arbiters of standards in public life. (The involvement of the BBC’s most famous children’s programme in a dodgy phone-in does seem particularly devastating to adults who presumably believe that, as Americans said of the infamous 1919 baseball World Series, ‘if they can fix Blue Peter, they can fix anything’.)

Let’s not be too naïve or hysterical or historically ignorant about these things. Documentary-makers have always cut film and presented stories in such a way as to enhance the dramatic effect and drive home their point. That is not necessarily the same thing as lying. Paul Watson, the veteran TV filmmaker who pioneered the fly-on-the-wall documentary, caused a furore recently with his study of the slow death of a man with Alzheimer’s disease. Interviewed by The Sunday Times, he said: ‘Am I a manipulative sod? I am. Because that’s what editing is about. That’s where you play God, and if you don’t play God truthfully, there’s no point.’ Days later these words were thrown back in Watson’s face, after it was revealed that publicity for his programme had falsely claimed that it filmed the man’s death, when in fact it ended a couple of days before he died. A fair cop, but really, so what? Did it invalidate Watson’s years of filming the story that a press release sexed up the last shot? We should certainly keep a critical eye on fly-on-the-wall documentaries, but not react like innocent Blue Peter viewers when it turns out the ‘manipulative sod’ of a programme-maker has lived up to his name.

The big problem is not with trash TV, or answers-for-cash TV, or ‘human interest’ reality TV. It is with the way that the standards of these info-tainment programmes now infect serious television news and analysis – something rarely mentioned in the all the fuss about little ‘fake TV’ scandals. It sometimes seems that, to update Shakespeare, ‘All the world’s a reality TV studio, and all the men and women merely housemates’. Everybody, from reporters to police chiefs and politicians, seems to want a walk-on part in the story. The self-appointed job of the news media becomes not just to report the news, but to make it – a trend nowhere more evident than in the mountain of emotion-driven coverage of the Madeleine McCann case.

The impetus driving this dangerous trend in news coverage through recent years goes back to the crisis of institutional authority. The loss of a clear sense of purpose, of what television news is for, has coincided with the decline of traditional news media. In response, programme makers are desperate to make some sort of emotional connection with the audience, by reducing stories to a basic, moving message.

As Paxman put it in his Edinburgh speech: ‘In the very crowded world in which television lives it won’t do to whisper, natter, cogitate or muse. You have to shout. The need is for constant sensation. The consequence is that reporting now prizes emotion above much else.’ He has identified a worrying trend that some of us have been banging on about for a decade. Back at the time of Princess Diana’s death in 1997, one top BBC news executive said that the massive response to her death and funeral had taught the corporation ‘a tough lesson’:

‘We learnt that emotion has its political dimension, that by giving voice on our airwaves to “ordinary” individuals’ thoughts and feelings, we could get at some kind of truth, which would otherwise elude us, no matter how many facts we assembled.’

As I wrote in an essay about these matters at the time, ‘when such a senior BBC newsman starts talking about the need to report an emotion-based “truth” which is somehow distinct from “the facts”, the alarm bells should surely start ringing. If the truth need no longer be dependent on hard information, where do we draw the line between fact and fantasy? The implication would seem to be that, in judging how to cover a story, being emotionally correct can be more important than getting it right.’ Ten years on, the news agenda often seems dictated by the need to toe the emotionally correct line on everything from global warming to the disappearance of a little girl. This is the sort of manipulation we should be worrying about.

Behind the ‘fake TV’ furore is revealed another basic assumption of television today – that viewers are basically infantile simps to be emotionally manipulated and, if they get upset about that, to be patronised like Blue Peter viewers. It is time to start a more serious debate about the coverage of serious issues, and stop trivialising the issue by focusing on the misdemeanours of reality TV. The question I posed in that essay a decade ago seems more pressing now: ‘What is the role of the news media today? To report and analyse, or to emote and moralise? To act as a source of information and a forum for debate, or as a pulpit for sermons and a public confessional?’

There is nothing new about dodgy editing of TV news, of course; indeed, in the past it has distorted rather bigger stories. One infamous episode came during the miners’ strike of 1985, when footage of ‘the Battle of Orgreave’ was cut to make it appear that the pickets had charged the riot police first, when in fact it was the other way around. At that time, however, the response was a political one, shaped by whose side you were on in that titanic struggle. By contrast, the response to the ‘fake TV’ scandals today can only reinforce anti-political cynicism. Ironically, interviewers like Paxman, whose technique can be summed up as ‘why is this lying bastard lying to me?’, have been instrumental in creating this atmosphere of cynicism.

We have long since left behind the innocent age when people believed that something must be true if it appeared on television. But it is really no more intelligent to assume that you cannot believe anything you see on the TV – or that all the tricks of television are equally scandalous.


Neil: Murdoch does interfere at Sun
Rupert Murdoch does act as editor-in-chief of the Sun, former Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil told a Lords committee today, contradicting evidence by the paper's editor, Rebekah Wade

Save the BBC from these Murdoch-pleasing predators
It is a truth universally acknowledged that any party seeking power in this country must first pay obeisance to Rupert Murdoch. Gifts must be laid at his feet, however humiliating that may be to the party in question.

Spidered News: Media Bias

Sky news is just as bad as Fox

Richard Oakley: minion of Murdoch ‘News’

Watchdog to probe Sky's stranglehold over pay-TV

Screens go blank as Murdoch and Branson battle for pay-TV market

Rupert Murdoch Firm Hired Hackers To Sabotage Rival, Lawsuit Alleges

List Of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation Holdings

Imprints, primarily under the HarperCollins umbrella, include

Cliff Street Books
The Ecco Press
Regan Books
Amistad Press
William Morrow
Fourth Estate
Access Travel
William Morrow Cookbooks
Branded Books Program
HarperCollins Children's Books
Greenwillow Books
Joanna Cotler Books
Laura Geringer Books
HarperCollins International

Terrestrial broadcast, cable & satellite

United States
Fox Broadcasting Company
Fox SportsWNVW - New York City
KTTV - Los Angeles
WFLD - Chicago
WTXF - Philadelphia
WFXT - Boston
WTTG - Washington D.C
KDFW - Dallas
WJBK - Detroit
WAGA - Atlanta
KRIV - Houston
WJW - Cleveland
WTVT - Tampa
KSAZ - Phoenix
KDVR - Denver
KTVI - St Louis
WITI - Milwaukee
WOFL - Orlando
WOGX - Ocala
WDAF - Kansas City
KSTU - Salt Lake City
WHBQ - Memphis
WGHP - Greensboro
WBRC - Birmingham
WPR - Chicago
KTBC - Austin
KVC - Austin Fox Sports Net
Fox Sports South
Fox Sports Pittsburgh
Fox Sports Southeast
Fox Sports Midwest
Fox Sports Rocky Mountain
Fox Sports Arizona
Fox Sports Northwest
Fox Sports West
Fox Sports Detroit
Fox Sports Bay Area (with Rainbow Media Holdings)
Fox Sports Chicago (with Rainbow Media Holdings)
Fox Sports Cincinnati
Fox Sports Intermountain West
Fox Sports New England (with Rainbow Media)
Fox Sports New York (with Rainbow Media)
Fox Sports Ohio (with Rainbow Media)
Fox Sports Southwest (with Rainbow Media)
Madison Square Garden Network (with Rainbow Media)
The Health Network
Fox Sports World
National Geographic's cable channel (50% with GE and National Geographic)
Golf Channel (33%)
The Family Channel
MTM Entertainment
Fox News Channel
Outdoor Life (34%)
Speedvision (34%)
TV Guide Channel (44% with Liberty Media)
34% of Hughes Electronics (satellite broadcaster DIRECTV with over 11 million subscribers in the US, 81% equity in satellite operator PanAmSat, and Hughes Network Systems)

United Kingdom
British Sky Broadcasting (40% - Vivendi may dispose of 24.5% of BSkyB)
Music Choice Europe (49%)
QVC (20%)
Sky Multi-Channels (over 40 channels, including the following in which BSkyB has an economic interest)
- .tv
- National Geographic Channel UK (50%)
- Paramount Channel (25%)
- Sky One
- Sky News
- Sky Soap
- Sky Travel
- The Computer Channel
- Nickelodeon UK (50%, with Viacom)
- The History Channel (50%)
- Sky Scottish (50%)
- Granada Sky Broadcasting (40%) - with Granada, now part of ITV
- Granada Plus
- Granada Talk TV
- Granada Men & Motors
- Granada TV High Street
- Granada Food & Wine
- Granada Health & Beauty
- Granada Home and Garden
- Fox Kids
- Premium Channels
- Sky Movies
- The Movie Channel
- Sky Sports
- Sky Movies Gold
- Sky Sports 2
- Sky Sports 3

TM3 (66%)
Premiere World - 24% (owned through BSkyB)
13% of Breton cable tv group TV Breizh (Berlusconi's Mediaset has 13%)

Sky Italia (inc Telepiu and Stream) pay tv operation

FOXTEL (25%) - with Packer (25%) and Telstra
- Arena (50%)
- Channel V (50%)
- FOX History
- FOX Soap
- FOX Talk
- FOX Travel
- FOXTEL Weather
- FX
- Nickelodeon (25%)
- Sky News Australia (33.3%)
- UK TV (60%)
- Fox Sports
- The Comedy Channel (80%)

Star TV
- STAR Chinese
- STAR Plus
- STAR Movies
- STAR Plus Japan
- STAR Movies South
- ESPN STAR Sports (50%)
- STAR Sports
- Channel V (50%)
- Viva Cinema (50%)
Phoenix Satellite TV (17.6%)
- Phoenix Chinese

minor stake in CTV Sportsnet

Asia Today (50%)
- ZEE Cinema
Siti Cable Network (50%)

Stream (minority stake)

Indiovision (46%)
Film Indonesia (50%)

News Broadcasting Japan (80%)
SkyPerfect TV (11%)

Latin America
Canal Fox
Fox Sports Americas (owned by Fox/Liberty Media)
Fox Kids
Telecine (12.5%)
CineCanal (21.5%)
Sky Latin America DTH Platform
- Innova (30%) - with Televisa
- NetSat (36%)
- Latin America (30%)

Magazines & Inserts

North America
TV Guide (partial)
TV Total
Cable Guide
The Weekly Standard
Maximum Golf
In Store
In Store (Canada)
FSI (Canada)

Nursery World - sold to Exponent Private Equity October 2005

Pacific Islands Monthly

Film Production & Distribution

Twentieth Century Fox
Fox Filmed Entertainment
Fox 2000
Fox Searchlight
Fox Family Films
Fox Animation Studios
Twentieth Century Fox Home
Twentieth Century Fox TV
Fox Studios Australia


News claims to be the world's leading publisher of English-language newspapers, with over 175 titles in the UK, Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea and the US. It employs around 15,000 people worldwide, printing more than 40 million copies a week.

United States
New York Post
Wall Street Journal

United Kingdom
The Times
Times Literary Supplement
The Sunday Times
The Sun
News of the World
Times Education (inc Times Education Supplement and Higher Education Supplement) - sold to Exponent Private Equity September 2005

The Australian
The Weekend Australian
The Daily Telegraph
The Sunday Telegraph
Herald Sun
Sunday Herald Sun
The Weekly Times
The Courier Mail
The Sunday Mail
Gold Coast Bulletin
Adelaide Advertiser
Cumberland Newspaper Group (20 titles in Sydney suburbs)
Leader Newspaper Group (30 titles in Melbourne suburbs)
Cairns Post Group (42%)
North Queensland Newspaper Group
Townsville Bulletin
Quest Community Newspapers (17 titles in Brisbane suburbs)
Northern Territory News
Sunday Territorian
Centralian Advocate
The Suburban
The Mercury
The Sunday Tasmanian
Tasmanian Country
Treasure Islander
Derwent Valley Gazette
Sunday Mail
Messenger Press Group
Sunday Times (Perth)

The Fiji Times
Nai Lalakei (Fijian)
Shanti Dut (Hindi )
Papua New Guinea
Post Courier (63%)

New York Knicks (20% stake through partnership with Cablevision)
New York Rangers (20% stake through partnership with Cablevision)
Los Angeles Kings (NHL, 40% option)
Los Angeles Lakes (NBA, 9.8% option)
Staples Center (40% owned by Fox/Liberty)
National Rugby League Championship (50%) - Australian football

Analog and digital radio holdings include

Sky Radio (71%)
Fox Sports Radio Network
Sky Radio Sweden (28%)
TALKCO (20%)
Radio Veronica (42%) - Netherlands
Sky Radio Denmark
Sky Radio Germany
Sky Radio Netherlands
ClassicFM - Netherlands

Technology and multimedia
Technology and interactive holdings include

NDS (formerly News Digital Services)
SiVenture - UK-based smartcard consultancy
News Advanced Technologies
News America Digital Publishing
News America New Media
News Internet Services
Healtheon/WebMD (11%)
TheStreet.com (partial stake with New York Times)
Rivals.com (46%)
iSyndicate (partial stake with Scripps, NBC, InfoSpace, Vignette, and Microsoft)
News Digital Systems (UK)
Line One (33%)
Sportal (5% through BSkyB)
Orbis - interactive gambling software
News Interactive (Aust) - including NEWS.com.au, CareerOne, AustralianIT, FOX SPORTS, CARSguide and RealEstate.com.au
PDN Xinren Information Technology (50%)


News has minor recording interests, centred in Australia

Mushroom Records
Festival Records

Outdoor advertising
News Outdoor Group (NOG), established in 1999 with headquarters in Moscow, includes

News Outdoor Bulgaria
News Outdoor Czech Republic
News Outdoor Poland (Town & City)
News Outdoor Romania
News Outdoor Russia
Kamera (Turkey)
News Outdoor Ukraine
News Outdoor Israel

NOG is concerned with billboards, advertising on street furniture and bus shelters, airport transit advertising and in-store point of sale displays. As of June 2007 News Outdoors Russia was the largest outdoor advertising firm in eastern Europe and the sixth-largest globally

Other holdings include

Broadsystem - customer relationship management services (UK and Australia), one of the UK's top five telemarketing agencies

News Optimus - (formerly Broadsystem Ventures) telephony and telemarketing services

SmartSource Marketing - direct mail and in-store advertising, promotions and merchandising programs in Australia and New Zealand

NewsMarketing - direct mail and in-store advertising, promotions and merchandising programs in Canada

New America Marketing - direct mail and in-store advertising, promotions and

Merchandising programs in US

Convoys Group - UK newspaper distribution
PLD Telekon (38%) - Indonesia
Newspoll (50%) - opinion polling
Jamba (51%) - ringtones

Disposals in recent years include Australian pastoral company F.S. Falkiner & Sons (2000)

Fox Interactive includes MySpace, RottenTomatoes.com, AmericanIdol.com and FoxSports.com - claimed to be second only to Yahoo! in monthly page views.


  1. Daily Mail article
    ‘According to a television insider, Mrs McCann, 40, is understood to say: “We wanted to use a baby-listening service but there wasn’t one at the Ocean Club.”
    The source close to the documentary makers added: “She is very emotional. She breaks down on camera at different points during the filming.
    “It clearly shows her as a caring mother who misses her daughter very much. This is a woman grieving and is clearly more emotional than she has ever been.”
    The source added : “The McCanns said they would have used a listening service but they also felt their checks every 30 minutes were as effective.”
    A spokesman for Mark Warner said today that the McCanns had known there was no baby-listening service at the resort when they booked their holiday. ‘


  2. METRO: “Maddie’s mum denies ‘blaming’ holiday company”

    Did she blame Mark Warner holidays?
    Says the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell: “I wish to make it clear that Kate McCann does not attack Mark Warner for the absence of a baby listening service at the Ocean Club in the forthcoming ITV documentary.”

  3. Kate McCann today denied criticising the owners of the holiday resort where her daughter Madeleine went missing.

    It was reported today that Mrs McCann used a forthcoming ITV documentary to attack Mark Warner Holidays, which runs the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz, Portugal, for not having a baby listening service.

    Mrs McCann and her husband Gerry were dining in a tapas restaurant at the resort with friends when three-year-old Madeleine went missing on May 3 last year.

    They left Madeleine and her siblings Sean and Amelie sleeping while they had dinner there each night.

    The couple did not book babysitters as they had an arrangement with friends to make regular checks on the children.

    They have said in the past that they believe their routine provided for more regular checks than most baby listening services.

    In the documentary Mrs McCann refers to the fact that there was no baby listening service.

    But the McCanns’ spokesman Clarence Mitchell said today: “I wish to make it clear that Kate McCann does not attack Mark Warner for the absence of a baby listening service at the Ocean Club in the forthcoming ITV documentary.

    “For the record, she makes a brief factual reference to the absence of such a service in passing.

    “In no way does she criticise Mark Warner or any of the company’s services.”


  4. "List Of Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation Holdings...."

    U P S S S !So many power! My God!
    Not a beautiful power and manipulation.

    They are ascending from tabloides to "others".

    Joana, muito obrigada pelo conjunto "das novidades".

    Convém estarmos sempre,o mais possível,informados sobre o que se passa nos bastidores da contra-informação.Obrigada!

  5. The bank details will be very tellling as to the habits prior to and after the supposed abductions, I cannot beleiev that the P.J are not automatically entitled to these documents and anything else such as the phone records that they require to investigate the disappearance.
    One would think the McCanns would just hand these things over rather than have the P.J have to go through the protocol and numerous hoops the regoraty letters has them going through, It beggars belief the parents would want this dragged out if they are telling the truth, By impeding the P.J in this way they are in effect stone walling the investigation and one has to ask WHY??
    Mccann fileshas a email supposedly from Gonçalo Amaral stating he is not happy having to take critisism re the investigation yet be bound by secrecy from commenting, he states he will soon be retired and will no longer be bound by the secrecy and he will tell all as to why the Mccanns are suspects.
    Good for him if this is true, the McCanns look set to evade justice in the judical sense but kharma wise it is not looking good for them.
    The vast majority of people think they are not telling the truth, the twins will grow up pointed out as the brother and sister of the little girl, whos parents.....
    To me that would be a worse punishment than any court impostion.

  6. Os Mc; o C.M. andam a esticar-se.

    Estão no óptimo caminho.

    Continuem a provocar os vossos compatriotas.

    Tropecem muito mais e sempre.Não parem.

    ( o cansaço,não?cada vez mais medo;o desespero aumenta...).

    Só que os pino...chet...erões são poderosos e ainda os apanham novamente na queda.

  7. E depois do Adeus....

    Eles querem tudo,eles querem tudo e não deixam nada.....

    Saudades,Z.A.Até amanhã.


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