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News Corp’s revenue falls

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Revenue at News Corp’s news and information division fell 6 percent in the last quarter of the corporation’s fiscal year, and 9 percent in the full year, when compared with the respective same periods the year before.

“The majority of the revenue decline reflects lower advertising revenues at the News and Information Services segment, the sale of LMG and foreign currency fluctuations, partially offset by strong performance in the Book Publishing and Digital Real Estate Services segments,” the company says in an earnings release. “LMG” refers to Dow Jones’ Local Media Group, which the company sold last September.

Overall revenue was down 3 percent in the fourth quarter and 4 percent for the year. Circulation and subscription revenues were down 5 percent in the year, the report says. Advertising revenue in the news division, which includes Dow Jones, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post, was down 10 percent in the year. Read more

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Diana leaked royal phone directory, journalist testifies in phone hacking trial

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A British journalist on trial in connection with the long-running phone hacking scandal claimed Thursday that Princess Diana gave him a royal phone directory, the Agence France-Presse and Associated Press reported. Read more

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Rupert Murdoch on closing News of the World: ‘I panicked’

The second day of Rupert Murdoch’s testimony before Britain’s Leveson inquiry into press ethics has been far more grabby than on Wednesday, when, as Michael Wolff put it, Murdoch “gave nothing….He was the ordinary and down-to-earth guy, whereas his Leveson inquiry antagonists were just this side of wild conspiracists. He was Hyman Roth in the Godfather: just ‘a retired investor living on a pension.’” Read more

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Morning media roundup: How to borrow a horse from Scotland Yard

WHY THE LONG FACE? Just when you thought the News Corp. phone hacking story couldn’t get any stranger, it came out Tuesday that Scotland Yard loaned a horse to former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks. Raisa, a 22-year-old retired police horse, went to live with Brooks post-retirement. “Scotland Yard,” writes John F. Burns, “issued a statement on Tuesday describing the horse loan as routine.”

>> Now that a day has passed, British papers not owned by Rupert Murdoch are not giving up on the story of a powerful editor borrowing a horse from a police force her paper covers. The Telegraph quotes a police spokesperson: “When the horse was returned Raisa was regarded by officers from Mounted Branch to be in a poor but not serious condition.” The Independent explains how the horse came to be transferred from “a retirement paddock in Norfolk” to Brooks’ farm in Chipping Norton, where, a propos of nothing but at this point you never know, Brooks is neighbors with “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson. Read more

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A former News of the World editor explains why he continued to use someone as a source after police deemed him an unreliable witness:

“Most of the people I deal with would be regarded as unreliable witnesses. I’ve had front page splashes from crack addicts.”

Former News of the World investigations editor Mazher Mahmood

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New York Times repeats false Guardian claim about News of the World

It has been well documented that The Guardian has had to make close to 40 corrections on articles after the paper discovered there was no evidence to support its allegation that reporters at the News of the World had deleted voicemails belonging to Milly Dowler, a missing girl.

The erroneous accusation was contained in The Guardian’s explosive July expose about the phone hacking activities of News of the World staffers. Dowler was in fact murdered, and her family has said the deletion of the voicemails gave them hope at the time that she was still alive. (One of the subheads on the original Guardian story read, “Deleted voicemails gave family false hope.”)

The Guardian has faced an onslaught of criticism (here’s one recent example) from those who say its incorrect allegation was a contributing factor to the ultimate demise of the News of the World — and that its corrections fails to match the offense. Read more

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