WBEZ | Rupert Murdoch http://www.wbez.org/tags/rupert-murdoch Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en The alien http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/alien-103500 <p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="http://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F65262385&show_artwork=true"></iframe><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Murdoch%20Flickr%20antphotos.jpg" style="float: left; width: 423px; height: 317px;" title="(Flickr/Anthony Theobald)" />In his famous novel, <em>1984</em>, George Orwell, wrote this: &ldquo;Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date&hellip;all history was scraped clean&hellip;&rdquo;</div><p>We cannot scrape history clean. In 1984 Rupert Murdoch bought the <em>Sun-Times</em>, paid $90 million for it. And because Murdoch had an unsavory reputation, more than 60 of us who worked there walked out the door.</p><p>I walked out with, of course, Mike Royko, who called Murdoch an &ldquo;alien&rdquo; and said he published papers that no self-respecting fish would want to be wrapped in. I walked out with Zay Smith, who will be joining me in a few minutes.</p><p>So I walked out&hellip;remembering how I had been through something like this, but much worse, before, in 1978, when the <em>Daily New</em>s died.</p><p>The day before the death, which took place on March 4, 1978&hellip;March 4, the birthday of the city of Chicago&hellip;Mike wrote of the end, using softball as his analogy: &ldquo;When I was a kid, the worst of all days was the last day of summer vacation, and we were in the schoolyard playing softball, and the sun was down and it was getting dark. But I didn&#39;t want it to get dark. I didn&#39;t want the game to end. It was too good, too much fun. I wanted it to stay light forever, so we could keep on playing forever, so the game would go on and on. That&rsquo;s how I feel now. C&#39;mon, c&rsquo;mon. Let&#39;s play one more inning. One more time at bat. One more pitch. Just one? Stick around, guys. We can&#39;t break up this team. It&#39;s too much fun. But the sun always went down. And now it&#39;s almost dark again.&rdquo;</p><p>Darkness came: The <em>Daily News </em>died.</p><p>And so, Murdoch did his damage to the <em>Sun-Times</em> in just a couple of years and now it is said he is eying the <em>Tribune </em>or the <em>Los Angeles Times</em>.</p><p>Odd, he still likes newspapers, because we live in an era when newspapers are not an essential part of most people&rsquo;s lives. People have other means of getting the news, or so they would tell you. The war against newspapers is bloody, claiming more victims every day and making many believe that there will come a day when you cannot hold a newspaper in your hands.</p><p>Bill Newman wrote the front page obit for the <em>Daily News </em>and in times of trouble or Murdoch I remind myself of what he wrote. He wrote: &ldquo;A newspaper dies, but newspapering goes on. Life goes on, the sequel and all the tomorrows after that.&rdquo;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 15:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-10/alien-103500 'Afternoon Shift' #178: Murdoch's Chicago http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-10-30/afternoon-shift-178-murdochs-chicago-103530 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Rupert Murdoch flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><script src="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-178-murdoch-s-chicago.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="http://storify.com/WBEZ/afternoon-shift-178-murdoch-s-chicago" target="_blank">View the story "'Afternoon Shift' #178: Murdoch's Chicago" on Storify</a>]<h1>'Afternoon Shift' #178: Murdoch's Chicago</h1><h2>Rumors that Rupert Murdoch has his eye on the &quot;Chicago Tribune&quot; has veteran journalists experiencing '80s flashbacks--so does the Bears' winning streak. Our &quot;Front &amp; Center&quot; series continues its look at the state of the American Dream. And Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg talks about his new book.</h2><p>Storified by &middot; Mon, Oct 29 2012 14:26:45</p><div>The NEW Rupert Murdoch twitter profile imagejardenberg</div><div>VeteranChicago journalists are experiencing ‘80s flashbacks amidst rumors that mediamogul Rupert Murdoch is eying the <i>Chicago Tribune</i>. Host Rick Kogan andlongtime Chicago newsman Zay Smith discuss the potential return of Rupert. </div><div>@WBEZ Murdoch paper works for wrapping and sending fish to those that fail to read and follow the memo - Love Rahm @retheauditorsPaul Walker</div><div>Real-time time capsule: Kogan talking Royko and Chicago newspapering history on WBEZ at moment.Tim Rostan</div><div>It was, as WBEZ sports reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-10/misery-lakefront-turns-joy-bears-103475" class="">Cheryl Raye-Stout described it</a>, an "ugly" win for the Chicago Bears on Sunday. But it was a win. Midday executive producer Justin Kaufmann joins Rick Kogan for his weekly assessment.<br></div><div>@WBEZ If you going to win ugly, the @Bears showed us how ugly...Misery on the lakefront turns to joy for the #Bears http://j.mp/VY3rrJCheryl Raye Stout</div><div>Many more ughs expected on #AfternoonShift RT @Crayestout: Ugly doesn't even descibe this Bears game...but it is a win. http://fb.me/2tMlIJAjKKatie O'Brien</div><div>RT this if you liked seeing @ItsGHardy sack #Bears QB Jay Cutler 3 times in the first half! #CARvsCHI http://pic.twitter.com/ML8sPHxqCarolina Panthers</div><div>WBEZ's Achy Obejas and the Chicago Sun-Times' Laura Washington unpack the news--#Sandy and beyond--in today's 3 @ 3.<br></div><div>WAVES WASH OVER SEA WALL AT BATTERY PARK IN MANHATTAN, NEW YORK AS HURRICANE SANDY APPROACHES ( october 29, 2012 ) #hurricane #sandy #hurricanesandyWorld BUZZ</div><div>#hurricanesandy #sandy #nyc #williamsburg #brooklyn #flooding #newyork #wtc #picoftheday #photoofthedayrj dibella</div><div>WBEZ's Front &amp; Center series continues its look at the state of the American Dream. Single mother <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/parenting-poverty-part-ii-sarahs-story-103474" class="">Sarah</a> navigates the system to provide for her children while living in poverty.<br></div><div>Parenting in poverty: Part II of Sarah's storyThere&amp;#39;s little doubt that Sarah and her family have an unstable life. But the question of why that is, and how it should be fixed is ...</div><div>We dive deeper into the economics of single motherhood with author and historian Stephanie Coontz &amp; Isabel Sawhill, a budget expert and co-director of the Center on Children and Families and the Budgeting for National Priorities at Brookings.<br></div><div>The economics of single motherhood by WBEZFollowing today's Front and Center piece, we talk with Stephanie coontz and Isabel Sawheel about the economics of being a single mother.</div><div>Today i will be on WBEZ, Chicago, Front and Center at 3 pm central. One of a three part series on economic mobility, with Isabel SawhillStephanie Coontz</div><div>And the Chicago Sun-Times' Neil Steinberg discusses his new book, <a href="http://www.press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/chicago/Y/bo13190254.html" class="">You Were Never in Chicago</a>, his own story about making his way into Chicago journalism's inner circles and upper levels of Chicago journalism.<br></div><div>Neil Steinberg's You Were Never in Chicago by WBEZThe Chicago Sun-Times' Neil Steinberg discusses his new book, You Were Never in Chicago, his own story about making his way into Chicago ...</div></noscript></p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 14:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2012-10-30/afternoon-shift-178-murdochs-chicago-103530 Murdoch declared 'unfit.' And other elderly CEOs? http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-08/murdoch-declared-unfit-and-other-elderly-ceos-98933 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP07061707181.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A British parliamentary inquiry into the News Corp hacking scandal declared&nbsp;81-year-old CEO Rupert Murdoch is “ not a fit person” to run his global company, News Corp. They further questioned his ability to “exercise the stewardship of a major international company.”</p><p>It turns out there are a whole bunch of CEOs in their 80s still running major empires-- but who might not have all their wits about them. <em>Foreign Policy’s</em> associate editor Joshua Keating wrote about several in his recent piece <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/05/01/grumpy_old_tycoons?page=0,0" target="_blank">"Grumpy Old Tycoons</a>," and shares his perspective on Murdoch and other octagenarian CEOs with<span style="font-style: italic;"> </span><em>Worldview</em>.</p></p> Tue, 08 May 2012 13:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/worldview/2012-05-08/murdoch-declared-unfit-and-other-elderly-ceos-98933 Is the end near for Rupert Murdoch? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/end-near-rupert-murdoch-98935 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP120425033335_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last month, dozens of new civil suits alleging phone hacking were brought against <em>News of the World</em>, the now defunct British tabloid owned by News Corp., headed by Rupert Murdoch.</p><p>Improprieties at <em>News of the World </em>stem back to 2005, but accusations and revelations have been steady over the past year and a half, after British authorities reopened a phone hacking investigation.</p><p>Last week, a group British lawmakers issued a report saying that Murdoch demonstrated “willful blindness” over the illegal activities of News Corp., and went on to find him unfit to rule a global company.</p><p>Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, sent a letter to the British parliament asking if their inquiry has uncovered any misconduct by Murdoch’s News Corp. in the United States.</p><p>For more insight, we reach across the pond to <a href="http://www.henry-porter.com/">Henry Porter</a>.&nbsp; He’s a novelist who writes a <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/profile/henryporter">political column</a> for <em>The Observer</em>, and he’s also the London editor for <em>Vanity Fair. </em></p></p> Tue, 08 May 2012 13:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/end-near-rupert-murdoch-98935 Worldview 5.8.12 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/worldview-5812-98927 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP120425033335.jpg" style="height: 485px; width: 620px;" title="Protesters dressed up as Rupert Murdoch, center, with puppets of the British Prime Minister David Cameron, left, and Minister of Culture Jeremy Hunt, demonstrate outside the High Court in London in April. (AP/Helen Allman)"></div><p>Tuesday on <em>Worldview</em> we delve deep into the Murdoch scandal.</p><p>Rupert Murdoch and his $50 billion global media empire have been mired in a phone hacking and bribery scandal since evidence emerged that the <em>News of the World</em> tabloid hacked into voicemails of a missing British schoolgirl. Since the scandal broke last summer, several News Corp executives have been arrested and Murdoch's son James has stepped down as chairman of BSkyB, which is controlled by News Corp.</p><p>Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, sent a letter to the British parliament asking if their inquiry has uncovered any misconduct by Murdoch’s News Corp in the United States.<a href="http://www.henry-porter.com/" target="_blank"> Henry Porter</a>, a novelist who writes a political column for <em>The Observer</em>, joins <em>Worldview</em> to discuss what the British inquiry has uncovered and shares his own observations of how the scandal is unfolding.</p><p>Then, Foreign Policy’s associate editor <a href="http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/05/01/grumpy_old_tycoons" target="_blank">Joshua Keating</a> tells <em>Worldview</em> about a whole group of CEO’s in their 80s who are still running empires -- but who might not have all their wits about them. (A British parliamentary<a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/culture-media-and-sport-committee/news/news-international-and-phone-hacking-report-publication/" target="_blank"> inquiry</a> into the News Corp hacking scandal declared&nbsp; 81-year-old CEO Rupert Murdoch “is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company.”)&nbsp;</p><p>Finally, we look at Chicago's annual Fair Trade Day. Before Jerome makes his trek to Daley Plaza for the 2012 Fair Trade Expo, he chats with Nancy Jones of Chicago Fair Trade about her “Fair Trade Tour." The self-guided tour highlights spots that contribute to Chicago’s growth as a fair trade city.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 08 May 2012 10:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/worldview-5812-98927 UK phone-hacking scandal threatens entire British establishment http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-19/uk-phone-hacking-scandal-threatens-entire-british-establishment-89357 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-19/AP110719131788.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <em>News of the World</em> phone-hacking scandal continues to unfold, as British parliamentarians quizzed Rupert Murdoch this morning. The controversy threatens Prime Minister David Cameron's administration and Murdoch’s global news empire.</p><p><a href="http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/journalism/staff/conboy" target="_blank">Martin Conboy</a> is a professor of journalism history at University of Sheffield and author of the 2006 book <em>Tabloid Britain: Constructing a Community through Language</em>. He joins us to discuss what today's parliamentary hearing revealed and the culture of the UK media.</p></p> Tue, 19 Jul 2011 17:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-19/uk-phone-hacking-scandal-threatens-entire-british-establishment-89357