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Hugh Grant Lawsuit Alleging Illegal Snooping by Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun Can Go to Trial, Court Says

A London court on Friday rejected an attempt by the publisher of The Sun tabloid to throw out a lawsuit by actor Hugh Grant alleging that journalists and investigators it hired illegally snooped on him. Justice Timothy Fancourt said a trial will have to determine whether Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers carried out unlawful information […]

Rupert Murdoch Owed $125M Over Theranos Fraud (But Isn’t Likely Getting That Back)

Elizabeth Holmes may owe Rupert Murdoch $125 million, but he may not have much luck getting much of his money back. A federal judge ordered Holmes on Tuesday to pay $452 million to investors she duped to build her hoax blood-testing business. Among the investors she bilked was Murdoch, who was one of Theranos’ largest […]

Lachlan Murdoch Drops Defamation Suit Against Australian News Site

Just days after Fox Corp. settled the Dominion defamation suit for $787.5 million, the company’s executive chairman and CEO, Lachlan Murdoch, dropped defamation proceedings against the independent Australian news site Crikey, which linked his family to the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, 2021. In August 2022, Murdoch launched defamation proceedings in a Sydney court […]

After Dominion, Fox News Is Fighting At Least Four Other Notable Lawsuits

Fox Corp. may have settled the defamation suit brought by Dominion Voting Systems, but it still faces sprawling litigation related to its claims of election fraud. Even after paying $787.5 million to end the case, Fox has to deal with a second defamation suit brought by another election technology company, Smartmatic, which seeks $2.7 billion. […]

Fox Corp., Dominion Settle Defamation Case for $787M

The media defamation case of the century has settled before the opening arguments. Fox Corp. has settled the high-profile defamation case brought against it by Dominion Voting Systems, effectively putting an end to the suit. Judge Eric Davis announced the resolution in court Tuesday, after the start of the trial was delayed by two hours. […]

Barry Diller Thinks Publishers Should Sue Over Generative AI

IAC chairman Barry Diller thinks the media business cannot afford to make the same mistake twice. Twenty-five years ago, publishers saw the rise of the internet and made a fateful choice. “When the internet first began, everything was free. And it was kind of decreed at that time that everything was free, and therefore all […]

Rupert Murdoch Announces Engagement to Ann Lesley Smith

Rupert Murdoch has announced his engagement to Ann Lesley Smith via an interview in the New York Post. The media mogul, 92, said he proposed on March 17 to Smith, a former San Francisco police chaplain, who is 66 years of age. The news of another wedding for Murdoch follows his earlier marriage to model […]

‘SNL’ Cold Open Has ‘Fox & Friends’ Getting Rupert Murdoch and Alex Murdaugh Cases Confused 

The Saturday Night Live cold open featured a Fox & Friends segment where the hosts of the Fox News morning show get Rupert Murdoch, chairman of Fox Corp. who’s currently in a legal battle, and Alex Murdaugh, a man convicted of murdering his wife and son, mixed up. “You may have heard that Fox News […]

Rupert Murdoch, Fox Corp. Sued for Sharing Biden’s Presidential Ads Before They Aired

A complaint has been filed against Fox Corp. and chairman Rupert Murdoch over allegations that the network chief gave confidential information in 2020 to former president Donald Trump’s campaign. In a suit filed with the Federal Election Commission on Friday, progressive watchdog group Media Matters claims that Fox made an illegal contribution to Trump’s political […]

News Corp. Abandons Talks to Sell Real Estate Business to Rival

News Corp. has ended discussions with CoStar Group, the parent company of rental listing site, for the sale of its real-estate listing business Move Inc., the companies said on Tuesday. A potential sale of Move Inc., which runs the listing site, began in earnest after Rupert Murdoch and Lachlan Murdoch abandoned plans to […]

News Corp. to Cut More Than 1,000 Jobs

News Corp., the owner of The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, and Australia’s Foxtel, will cut more than 1,000 jobs, citing a difficult economic environment and rising interest rates. In the company’s fiscal Q2 earnings report, CEO Robert Thomson said that the company would shed about 5 percent of the company’s employees, or about 1,250 […]

Major Fox Shareholder Opposes Potential News Corp. Remerger

Key Fox and News Corp. shareholder Independent Franchise Partners has come out against a plan by Rupert Murdoch to recombine the two companies. Last month, Fox and News Corp said they had formed a special committee to explore a combination that would reunite Murdoch’s media empire. A representative for IFP confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter […]