Peter Kafka

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James Murdoch Leaves News Corp. Publishing Unit

More fallout from PhoneGate: News Corp. executive James Murdoch has “relinquished his position” as executive chairman head of News International, the conglomerate’s British newspaper unit. News Corp., which also owns this Web site, says News International chief executive Tom Mockridge will stay on and report to News Corp. chief operating officer Chase Carey. James Murdoch “will continue to assume a variety of essential corporate leadership mandates, with particular focus on important pay-TV businesses and broader international operations,” according to his father, News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald