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Sat - 19.04.2014


The Sun

News Corporation has confirmed that over the next year it will separate its publishing and entertainment companies, after rumours of an impending split began circulating earlier this week. In a memo addressed to staff Rupert Murdoch assures his employees that the decision will see News Corp. separate into “two global leaders in their own right […] as opposed to merely one.”

The new media and entertainment company will include many of News Corp.’s most lucrative interests, such as the broadcasters BskyB, Sky Italia, and Fox Broadcasting, as well as the hugely successful 20th Century Fox Film. Whilst there is little doubt that these businesses will continue to flourish, the same cannot be said of the soon-to-be-annexed newspaper titles. Debate is raging over whether removing the safety-net of profits generated by the entertainment businesses will see the company’s newspapers forced to shape-up, or if the measure will ultimately lead to widespread cost-cutting and titles being sold-off or even closed.

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Amy Hadfield

Date

2012-06-28 18:36

On Saturday morning, senior journalists at The Sun, Britain's biggest-selling daily, were arrested over allegations of corrupt payments to police officers and other public officials. The journalists were released on bail without being charged, but the arrests have caused a furor in the British media, and a serious conflict at The Sun, described by Guardian media commentator Roy Greenslade as a "civil war".

Time will tell how the crisis will affect News Corp in general and The Sun in particular, but Robert Andrews at paidContent has published an article suggesting that, as yet, the ethics scandal at News Corp has not impacted on The Sun's bottom line.

Andrews writes that although The Sun's circulation has declined by 15% over the past year, "last year's sales pattern merely followed that which has flowed for the last decade..."

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-14 16:06

The arrests of five Sun journalists over alleged corrupt payments made to police and public officials have prompted angry responses from sections of the UK press and from the National Union of Journalists.

Sun deputy editor Geoff Webster, chief reporter John Kay, chief foreign correspondent Nick Parker, picture editor John Edwards and deputy news editor John Sturgis were arrested early on Saturday morning and later released on bail.

Trevor Kavanagh at The Sun condemned the arrests in an article today, beginning "The Sun is not a 'swamp' that needs draining". He protested that the paper's journalists are being "treated like members of an organised crime gang" who are "subjects of the biggest police operation in British criminal history".

Kavanagh characterises the ongoing police investigation as "out of proportion", and describes the alleged crimes of the journalists who were arrested as being nothing more than "to act as journalists have acted on all newspapers through the ages, unearthing stories that shape our lives, often obstructed by those who prefer to operate behind closed doors"

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Hannah Vinter

Date

2012-02-13 17:03

Back in 2009, Rupert Murdoch declared: "We intend to charge for all our news websites." Two years on, and it's becoming clear that some will be less charged-for than others.

Asked why the website of News International's mass-market tabloid The Sun, Britain's highest-circulation newspaper, has not yet followed its The Times and News Of The World by introducing web fees, the publisher's chief marketer Katie Vanneck-Smith told a City University, London, lecture Monday night:

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Anton Jolkovski

Date

2011-05-11 12:17

The Sun plans to launch a special 3D edition on June 5, in order to commemorate the World Cup games, Huliq reported.

The special issue of the UK tabloid daily will print its editorial, ads and a World Cup Fixtures Wall Chart in 3D. Readers will receive 3D glasses.

This title, owned by News International, will be the first one to run ads and editorial in this format in the UK, Media Week reported.

It is understood that advertisers will have to pay a significant premium if they want colour ads in 3D.

Besides a print campaign, a TV campaign is expected to run in May to bolster the 3D edition.

Advertisers will need to pay premium for a 3D ad, Media Week reported. .

Author

Erina Lin

Date

2010-04-27 22:49

A recently survey found The Sun as the leading Nigerian newspaper in terms of circulation and readership, the newspaper reported on Monday.

The survey conducted as part of Zus Bureau Limited's Quarterly Media Audience Audit for the first quarter, found The Sun, Punch and The Guardian as the most popular newspapers in the Lagos area.

The Sun was the most popular paper with those aged 45 and above and was the most popular newspaper overall with a 21.4 percent share of the market. The Punch had the second largest readership with 16.7 percent and Soccer Star, a football newspaper, finished third with an 11.9 percent share.

The Zus Bureau Quarterly Media Audience Audit has been the gauge of media popularity in Lagos, Aba and Kaduna since 1994.

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Leah McBride Mensching

Date

2009-05-25 16:50

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