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Alec Baldwin Dropped Out of Emmys Opening After Fox Axed News Corp. Hacking Joke

by Alex Moaba, posted Sep 18th 2011 9:15PM
Alec Baldwin was nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy for his work on '30 Rock,' but the Emmys opening sketch was missing his comedic talents.

It wasn't supposed to be that way. According to a report in Deadline that's now been confirmed by Baldwin and Fox, Baldwin dropped out of the bit after Fox executives nixed a joke about the News Corp. hacking scandal that was slated for ceremony's opening number.

Baldwin confirmed the report on Twitter, saying "Fox did kill my NewsCorp hacking joke. Which sucks bc I think it would have made them look better. A little ... If I were enmeshed in a scandal where I hacked phones of families of innocent crime victims purely 4 profit, I'd want that 2 go away, 2."

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Stephen Colbert Talks Rupert Murdoch Scandal With NY Times' David Carr (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 20th 2011 4:40AM
David Carr, 'The Colbert Report'Stephen Colbert sat down with 'New York Times' columnist David Carr to get his take on the Rupert Murdoch scandal on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central). Considering that the 'Times' is not owned by News Corp. or Murdoch, Colbert couldn't wait to hear Carr's opinion.

But first, a potential conflict of interest: "Shouldn't you non-Murdoch papers have to recuse yourselves from this story, because you can't be objective?" Colbert asked.

Carr agreed it's a juicy story. Ironically, it's the very kind of story many of the News Corp. media outlets would have salivated to get their paws on, if only it hadn't been about them.

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Could the Time Warner/Fox fight disrupt college football?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Dec 28th 2009 3:03PM
In the words of Martin Lawrence from Bad Boys 2, "s#&$ just got real."

The never-ending spat between Time Warner Cable and the Fox dynasty could put some big college football games in jeopardy of not getting any airtime. If the two sides don't reach some kind of middle ground soon, it could put the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, the Fedex Orange Bowl and the Allstate Sugar Bowl in danger of a blackout.

Of course, the threat of losing the American earned right to sit on the couch and watch an endless series of football games during a holiday has spurred the government to take action. Senator John Kerry, the head of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Communication, Technology, and the Internet, has sent a letter to the two companies asking them to finish this thing up by New Years' Day. I wonder, can Congress declare war on a major media conglomerate? Guess we'll find out soon enough.

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Olbermann, O'Reilly told to end personal feud, which just creates another feud

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 11th 2009 9:03AM
Keith Olbermann hiding behind Bill O'Reilly's giant puppet headIt seems the never-ending feud between Keith Olbermann and Bill O'Reilly has become a kangaroo boxing match. The worst thing you can do is get in the middle of it.

That's exactly what the parent owners of Fox News and MSNBC tried to do when they arranged a "cease-fire" between them and their top-tier shows' "lieutenants."

The cease-fire, however, didn't last long. It's another case of the ol' Rufus T. Firefly conundrum for peace. Either side might be willing to do whatever it takes to end this war, but they've already paid two months' rent on the battlefield.

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FOX will keep their shows on iTunes

by Brett Love, posted Sep 12th 2007 1:40PM
Keifer Sutherland - 24 - iPod ClassicSometimes, it's worth announcing something just for the sake of announcing something... apparently. Following on the heels of the NBC/iTunes kerfuffle, which Brad talked about here, NewsCorp has announced that they won't be pulling their videos off of iTunes. In other news, Dogs have announced that they are indeed going to keep chasing Cats.

It does seem rather silly to announce that you are not going to do something, but if you head over to Reuters to read the story, there is another interesting little bit in there.

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Hulu is NBC and News Corp's answer to YouTube

by Brad Linder, posted Aug 29th 2007 4:01PM
huluNBC and News Corp have announced a name for their YouTube competitor. Hulu doesn't seem to stand for much of anything, but it's "short, easy to spell, easy to pronounce, and rhymes with itself."

Since hulu is positioned as an alternative to YouTube, I suppose they're tied with YouTube for syllables, and have a slight edge in the number of letters. As for content, right now, there's nothing. Hulu is accepting e-mail addresses from anyone interested in signing up for a private beta, which will launch in October.

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Idol Gives Back content available on iTunes

by JJ Hawkins, posted Apr 30th 2007 12:31PM

Idol Gives Back on iTunesIf you somehow found yourself feeling unsatisfied after last week's inspirational "Idol Gives Back" smorgasbord, you can always head over to iTunes for a second helping.

For a limited time, iTunes is offering video and audio versions of the performances as well as some exclusive content that wasn't televised during the original air date.

While you can expect to pay a nominal fee for everything you download, all proceeds will be distributed to relief organizations within the U.S. and Africa via the Charity Projects Entertainment Fund.

Although "Idol Gives Back" has already brought in $60 million in donations, it's nice to see some ancillary methods like this iTunes arrangement continuing to bring even more money to the charitable cause.

Check out the American Idol official Fox Site for more details.

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Idol contestants to perform anthem written by Bono

by Liz Finn-Arnold, posted Apr 25th 2007 3:04PM
BonoWe're halfway through American Idol's self-proclaimed "historic" charity event. Last night, News Corp donated 10 cents for every call received (up to 50 million calls).

Tonight, a bunch of celebrities (including Ellen DeGeneres, Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, Celine Dion, and a mystery duet) will take to the stage to entertain America and raise even more money and awareness.

And before one of the Idol finalists gets booted, the kids will perform a special anthem -- "American Prayer" -- written by Bono and Dave Stewart about the AIDS emergency in Africa.

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Murdoch leaves China

by Adam Finley, posted Jul 14th 2005 12:11PM

If you're Rupert Murdoch, it probably feels like you can do most anything. That's true, unless you try to do it in China. It seems News Corp's ties to a TV network in China have been severed after the Chinese State Administration of Radio, Film and Television issued a ban against domestic TV and radio stations cooperating with foreign companies. According to the article, foreign companies will still be able to work on joint ventures in TV and radio.

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