News Corp: News
holds number one news traffic ranking in April for
fourth consecutive month - May 22, 2023
has retained the number one news website traffic ranking
for the fourth month in a row, reaching 12.71 million
Australians in April.
latest Ipsos Iris report showed the news website has
resolidified its market-leading stance, although there
was a three per cent dip month-on-month in unique
audience. Average time on site per person, sitting
at 29 minutes and 55 seconds, also slipped modestly
compared to March.
Murray, news.com.au editor, pointed out April was
a month when many shouldve switched off to enjoy
Easter and the school holidays.
testament to our team that we kept serving up news
they needed to read, he said.
content offering drew in the largest and most engaged
audience in the news category, he pointed out
six in 10 online Australians.
saw a 17 per cent month-on-month increase in our sports
audience to become the number one sports brand, driven
by our NRL and AFL coverage, Murray said.
also turned to us for travel news, reaching an audience
of 2.541 million and leading the travel news category.
gap between news.com.au and rival ABC News, sitting
in second spot, is sizeable. The national broadcasters
web offering attracted the eyeballs of 11.14 million
out the top five was nine.com.au with 10.73 million
unique viewers, 7news.com.au on 10.06 million, and
Daily Mail Australia on 8.35 million.
Ipsos Iris report found 20.2 million people used a
news website or app in April, with engagement increasing
by 1.2% to almost six hours per person, per month.
news events ranging from the death of comedian Barry
Humphries to the arrest of former US President Donald
Trump and the federal budget helped fuel the increase,
report called out travel-related browsing in the month,
given Easter and the school holidays, with 16.9 million
Aussies aged 14 and above visiting a travel website
or app in April.
in the 55-plus age bracket spent the most time browsing
33% more than those under 55 while women
were more likely to use travel sites and apps than
men. People aged 25 to 39 are the largest cohort engaging
with travel content online.
and miscalculations: How the Murdochs and Fox got
it so wrong - 30th May 2023
August 2021, the Fox Corp. board of directors gathered
in Los Angeles. Among the topics on the agenda: Dominion
Voting Systems $US1.6 billion ($2.5 billion)
defamation lawsuit against its cable news network,
suit posed a threat to the companys finances
and reputation. But Foxs chief legal officer,
Viet Dinh, reassured the board: Even if the company
lost at trial, it would ultimately prevail. The First
Amendment was on Foxs side, he explained, even
if proving so could require going to the Supreme Court.
determination informed a series of missteps and miscalculations
over the next 20 months, according to a New York Times
review of court and business records, and interviews
with roughly a dozen people directly involved in or
briefed on the companys decision-making.
case resulted in one of the biggest legal and business
debacles in the history of Rupert Murdochs media
empire: an avalanche of embarrassing disclosures from
internal messages released in court filings; the largest
known settlement in a defamation suit, $US787.5 million;
two shareholder lawsuits; and the benching of Foxs
top prime-time star, Tucker Carlson.
for all of that, Fox still faces a lawsuit seeking
even more in damages, $US2.7 billion, filed by another
subject of the stolen election theory, voting software
Fox executives overlooked warning signs about the
damage they and their network would sustain, the Times
found. They also failed to recognise how far their
cable news networks, Fox News and Fox Business, had
strayed into defamatory territory by promoting President
Donald Trumps election conspiracy theories
the central issue in the case. (Fox maintains it did
not defame Dominion.)
pretrial rulings went against the company, Fox did
not pursue a settlement in any real way. Executives
were then caught flat-footed as Dominions court
filings included internal Fox messages that made clear
how the company chased a Trump-loving audience that
preferred his election lies to the truth.
was only in February that Murdoch and his son with
whom he runs the company, Lachlan Murdoch, began seriously
considering settling. Yet they made no major attempt
to do so until the eve of the trial in April, after
still more damaging public disclosures.
the centre of the action was Dinh and his overly rosy
a high-level Justice Department official under President
George W. Bush, declined several requests for comment,
and the company declined to respond to questions about
his performance or his legal decisions. Discussions
of specific legal strategy are privileged and confidential,
a company representative said in a statement.
second half of 2020 brought Fox News to a crisis point.
The Fox audience had come to expect favourable news
about Trump. But Fox could not provide that on election
night, when its decision desk team was first to declare
that Trump had lost the critical state of Arizona.
the days after, Trumps fans switched off in
Fox host who was the first to find a way to draw the
audience back was Maria Bartiromo. Five days after
the election, she invited a guest, Trump-aligned lawyer
Sidney Powell, to share details about the false accusations
that Dominion, an elections technology company, had
switched votes from Trump to Joe Biden.
wild claims about Dominion appeared elsewhere on Fox,
including references to the election companys
supposed (but imagined) ties to the Smartmatic election
software company; Hugo Chávez, the Venezuelan
dictator who died in 2013; George Soros, the billionaire
investor and Democratic donor; and China.
News did its job, and this is what the First Amendment
protects. Im not at all concerned about such
lawsuits, real or imagined.
chief legal officer Viet Dinh
November 12, a Dominion spokesperson complained to
Fox News Media chief executive Suzanne Scott and Fox
News Media executive editor Jay Wallace, begging them
to make it stop. We really werent thinking
about building a litigation record as much as we were
trying to stop the bleeding, said Thomas A.
Clare, one of Dominions lawyers.
Fox noted in its court papers, its hosts did begin
including company denials. But as they continued to
give oxygen to the false allegations, Dominion sent
a letter to Fox News general counsel Lily Fu Claffee,
demanding that Fox cease and correct the record. Dominion
is prepared to do what is necessary to protect its
reputation and the safety of its employees,
the letter warned.
however, did not respond to the Dominion letter or
comply with its requests now a key issue in
a shareholder suit filed in April, which maintains
that doing so would have materially mitigated
Foxs legal exposure.
months after the election, another voting technology
company tied to the Dominion conspiracy, Smartmatic,
filed its own defamation suit against Fox, seeking
$US2.7 billion in damages. Dominion told reporters
that it was preparing to file one, too.
was publicly dismissive.
newsworthy nature of the contested presidential election
deserved full and fair coverage from all journalists.
Fox News did its job, and this is what the First Amendment
protects, Dinh said at the time. Im
not at all concerned about such lawsuits, real or
Fox legal team based much of the defence on a doctrine
known as the neutral reportage privilege. It holds
that news organisations cannot be held financially
liable for damages when reporting on false allegations
made by major public figures as long as they dont
embrace or endorse them.
early warning came in late 2021. The judge in the
case, Eric M. Davis, rejected Foxs attempt to
use the neutral reportage defence to get the suit
thrown out, determining that it was not recognised
under New York law, which he was applying to the case.
Even if it was recognised, Fox would have to show
it reported on the allegations accurately and
dispassionately, and Dominion had made a strong
argument that Foxs reporting was neither, the
judge wrote in a ruling.
ruling meant that Dominion could have access to Foxs
internal communications in discovery.
was a natural time to settle. But Fox stuck with its
defence and its plan.
nearly every step, the court overruled Foxs
attempts to limit Dominions access to private
communications exchanged among hosts, producers and
executives. The biggest blow came mid-last year, after
a ruling stating that Dominion could review messages
from the personal phones of Fox employees, including
result was a treasure trove of evidence for Dominion:
text messages and emails that revealed the doubts
that Rupert Murdoch had about the coverage airing
on his network, and assertions by many inside Fox,
including Carlson, that fraud could not have made
a material difference in the election.
messages led to even more damaging revelations during
depositions. After Dominions lawyers confronted
Rupert Murdoch with his own messages showing he knew
Trumps stolen election claims were false, he
admitted that some Fox hosts appeared to have endorsed
stolen election claims.
Carlsons deposition last year, Dominions
lawyers asked about his use of a crude word to describe
women including a ranking Fox executive. They
also mentioned a text in which he discussed watching
a group of men, who he said were Trump supporters,
attack an Antifa kid. He lamented in the
text, Its not how white men fight,
and shared a momentary wish that the group would kill
the person. He then said he regretted that instinct.
is no indication that Carlsons texts tripped
alarms at the top of Fox at that point.
alarms rang in February, when reams of other internal
Fox communications became public. The publics
reaction was so negative that some people at the company
believed that a jury could award Dominion more than
$US1 billion. Yet the company made no serious bid
along, the Fox board had been taking a wait-and-see
the judges pretrial decisions began to change
the boards thinking. Also, in those final days
before the trial, Fox was hit with new lawsuits. One,
from former Fox producer Abby Grossberg, accused Carlson
of promoting a hostile work environment. Another,
filed by a shareholder, accused the Murdochs and several
directors of failing to stop the practices that made
Fox vulnerable to legal claims.
weekend before the trial was to begin, the board asked
Fox to see the internal Fox communications that were
not yet public but that could still come out in the
board learned for the first time of the Carlson text
that referred to how white men fight.
Dinh did not know about the message until that weekend,
according to two people familiar with the matter.
the time the board learned of the message, the Murdochs
had already determined that a trial loss could be
far more damaging than they were initially told to
expect. A substantial jury award could weigh on the
companys stock for years as the appeals process
distraction to our company, the distraction to our
growth plans our management would have
been extraordinarily costly, which is why we decided
to settle, Lachlan Murdoch said at an investment
conference this month.
text also helped lead to the Murdochs decision
to abruptly pull Carlson off the air. Their view had
hardened that their top-rated star wasnt worth
all the downsides he brought with him.
pending is the Smartmatic suit. In April, Fox agreed
to hand over additional internal documents relating
to several executives, including the Murdochs and
Dinh. In a statement reminiscent of Dinhs early
view of the Dominion case, the network said that Fox
was protected by the First Amendment.
will be ready to defend this case surrounding extremely
newsworthy events when it goes to trial, likely in
2025, the statement said.
Murdoch explains $1.2b settlement, says Fox News wont
change successful strategy - 10th May
News paid $US787 million ($1.16 billion) to settle
a recent lawsuit on its reporting after the 2020 election
to avoid a divisive trial and lengthy appeals process,
its parent companys chief executive said.
Murdoch, executive chairman and CEO of Fox Corp.,
also noted that a Delaware judge severely limited
Foxs defences against Dominion Voting Systems,
which said the network defamed it by airing bogus
charges of election fraud that it knew was untrue.
Corp announced that it had lost $US50 million the
previous three months, which it attributed to the
lawsuit settlement. Murdoch, who answered questions
from financial analysts, was speaking in public for
the first time since the case ended and Fox fired
its most popular anchor, Tucker Carlson. Carlson has
just announced he is launching a new show on Twitter.
said viewers, and investors, should expect no change
in direction from Fox News.
made the business decision to resolve this dispute
and avoid the acrimony of a divisive trial and multi-year
appeal process, a decision clearly in the best interests
of the company and its shareholders, he said.
still believes it was properly exercising its First
Amendment rights to report on newsworthy fraud allegations
made by former President Donald Trump, even though
that defence was shot down in a pre-trial court ruling
in the Dominion case, Murdoch said.
important, since Murdoch said Fox intends to use the
same defence against a similar lawsuit by another
elections technology company, Smartmatic. That case
is not expected to go to trial until at least 2025,
being asked directly about Carlsons exit, Murdoch
didnt mention the former prime-time hosts
name and referred to his reign obliquely. Fox has
not explained why it cut ties with Carlson.
no change in programming strategy at Fox News,
he said. Its obviously a successful strategy.
As always, we are adjusting our programming and our
lineup and thats what we continue to do.
hurt by the Carlson exit, Fox News remains the leading
cable news network.
has lost viewers following Carlsons firing.
Last weeks substitute host, Lawrence Jones,
reached between 1.28 million and 1.7 million last
week in a time slot where Carlson usually drew around
3 million, the Nielsen company said.
Fox has gained more than 40 new advertisers in that
hour, the network said, confirming a report in Variety.
Advertisers like Gillette, Scotts Miracle Gro
and Secret deodorant that had considered Carlsons
show a toxic environment have signed on.
Corp.-Fox Merger Faces Opposition From Key Shareholder
In Both Companies - November 24, 2022
London-based investor in Rupert Murdochs News
Corp. and Fox Corp. has reportedly expressed its opposition
to the companies potential reunification.
Franchise Partners is one of the largest shareholders
apart from the Murdoch family, with stakes in Fox
and News Corp. of more than 7%. The companies confirmed
several weeks ago they were formally considering a
potential merger, bringing assets like Fox News, the
Fox broadcast network, The Wall Street Journal and
Dow Jones under a single umbrella.
said it told a special merger committee set up by
News Corp. that it believes a combination would not
realize the full value of both entities, a rep from
the investment firm told Deadline. Instead, it recommended
that any merger should only be pursued in co-ordination
with the sale of certain holdings of News Corp.
news was first reported by the Journal.
is the second indication of reservations about the
deal among shareholders in recent days. Irenic Capital,
which owns 2% of News Corp. and has taken an activist
role, signaled its opposition earlier this week, citing
the soft ad climate and legal liability related to
the multi-billion-dollar lawsuit against Fox News
filed by Dominion Voting Systems.
Corp. and Fox both declined comment.
Murdoch family controls roughly 40% of the voting
rights to both companies. Fox Corp. emerged as a smaller,
more TV-focused entity from a $71.3 billion deal with
Disney in 2019. In that transaction, Disney acquired
most of preceding corporate entity 21st Century Fox.
As currently constituted, Fox Corp principal holdings
include its flagship broadcast network, Fox Sports,
Fox News, a portfolio of local TV stations and the
Tubi streaming service. While it has posted solid
results and avoided the resource drain of subscription
streaming, Fox lacks the scale of many of its rivals
and some Wall Street analysts have raised questions
about its prospects at its current size, given current
pressures on TV advertising and the acceleration of
Corp Australia Executive Chairman, Michael Miller,
covers Press Freedom; Media Man agency follows up
with their thoughts on the matter - 29th October 2019
Miller. Executive Chairman, News Corp Australasia
King a giant of US media fears Australia is at a 'dangerous
crossroads' & has challenged governments refusing
to let the public know what they're doing: 'What have
you got to be secretive about? What are you afraid
at dangerous crossroads, warns legendary news anchor
Larry King - 29th October 2019
freedom-of-speech laws have outraged US television
veteran Larry King.
By STEVE JACKSON
newsman Larry King has attacked Australias draconian
freedom-of-speech laws, saying he would react
with violence if police raided his home in a
bid to identify the source of a story.
American broadcaster, who hosted the eponymous Larry
King Live on CNN for a quarter of a century, called
on Scott Morrison to introduce legislation properly
protecting whistleblowers and journalists, describing
them as the cornerstone of a robust democracy.
said he was outraged to learn Australian Federal Police
had raided the home of News Corp Australia reporter
Annika Smethurst and the ABCs Sydney headquarters
in June, in a crackdown on public interest reporting
reliant on whistleblowers.
am not a violent person but, if that had happened
to me, I would have reacted with violence, the
85-year-old told The Australian.
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secret tax tracking | Labor
at risk of nepotism | Truth
of future subs delay | Pollies
cant decide news
been in the business 62 years and Ive never
heard of anything like it. I can only tell you that,
as an American journalist, I am shocked. Ive
always had Australias quality journalism high
on my list of the best journalism in the world, but
its at a dangerous crossroads. In all these
years, Ive never been censored, never been stopped
from saying anything, never had a guest cancelled
because someone didnt like what they had
to say and Ive interviewed every controversial
person on the planet.
strong media is essential to the progress of a country
and the wellbeing of a country.
who has collected two Peabodys and an Emmy award for
his work and still hosts a weekly interview program,
said the Morrison government needed to enact laws
similar to the first amendment to the US constitution,
which protects freedom of speech and freedom of the
dont think there is anything more important
than the first amendment, he said. If
the US didnt have it, we would be limp and we
would be in trouble. I cant believe Australia
doesnt have laws to protect a free and open
media and if there are police raids on the
press in Australia, you need them.
said he had taken a particular interest in Australian
politics since joining the board of Australian beverage
company Lifestyle Global Brands, and being exposed
to the national Your Right To Know campaign.
campaign, which has united media companies across
the country, has shone a light on the escalating culture
of government secrecy and the deleterious effect
it is having on public accountability of politicians,
public servants and the courts.
hate secretive countries, secretive governments,
have you got to be secretive about? What are you afraid
you want to be a public official, or if you want to
serve the public, you have to be ready to take the
criticism that comes with it.
said the campaign came at a crucial time for media
across the world, with politicians such as Donald
Trump eroding faith in the media. Ive
known Trump for 35 years; hes not the president
I thought he would be, King said.
said press freedom was not an issue that only affected
journalists. Every member of society should speak
out if they witnessed wrongdoing. Dont
be afraid to come forward, he said.
Tingle (Media Man Int and Media Man Australia) response
that our American comrades are speaking up on this.
We can not expect quite the same sentiment by President
Trump. Perhaps King has picked up the ball from Jesse
Ventura and is running with it. Ventura broadcasting
Conspiracy Theory has been a double edged sword for
him. It gave ammunition to naysayers to say that he's
full of unproven conspiracy theories on any matter
they don't agree with. Perhaps the likes of Howard
Stern could also chip in on the matter of Australian
and international press freedom. The problem with
Stern is that he did a lot of risqué publicity
stunts and such earlier in his career, but they also
helped put him on the map, almost in a Kyle Sandilands
type of fashion (sorry about the Kyle reference, but
to make the point). Russell Brand could also be an
interesting American based media figure to help us
also fight the good fight on press freedom. Brand
has an interesting podcast on Luminary which goes
for about $5 a month, but hey, journalism can cost
money to produce as we have heard from Rupert Murdoch
and many others plenty of times. The FAANGS took the
majority of media advertising dollars out of Australia
on the watch of primarily the Liberal Government,
so Aussie media firms have been exploring changes
to their business model, with mixed results. Back
on point, more U.S based journalists and broadcasts
keeping the Aussie press freedom fight alive is well.
Public thank you to King and now how about some follow
ups from Stern and Ventura (when he gets back on grid
/ The Matrix) from his world HQ in New Mexico. Joe
Rogan could be an interesting commentator on the press
freedom issue. Just check out his guest portfolio
and you will soon see why. Thank you News for the
continued coverage of one of the most important issues
of our times. Should News Corp also aim to get commentary
from fellow Aussie's such as "The Human Headline"
Derryn Hinch and Doug Mulray, or are either of them
a bit too outspoken and uncensored for News liking
(or maybe that's just what the doctor ordered)? Now
a movie / documentary recommendation: 'They Live'
by the brilliant John Carpenter. More doco than movie
John and the late Roddy Piper tell us. Peace Out from
Sydney's Eastern Suburbs.
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