Today's Top Stories

Phone hacking: Internal NI documents published

News International was warned in 2008 by a legal representative of there being a "powerful case that there is (or was) a culture of illegal information access" within subsidiary News Group Newspapers. A batch of internal News International documents, published by the culture select committee investigating the phone hacking scandal, include one that warned "there is overwhelming evidence of the involvement of a number of senior NGN journalists in the illegal enquiries."

Revenues up at Torstar

Torstar Corp., publisher of the Toronto Star, reported higher revenues in its third quarter despite the challenging economy, the company said. Revenue was $378.7 million for the three months ended Sept. 30, up $25 million from the year-earlier quarter. But earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization for the third quarter was $53.7 million, down $1.4 million from the third quarter of 2010.

Al Jazeera - 15 years in the headlines

From small beginnings, the Qatar-based channel has become the world's best-known – and most influential – source of news from the Middle East

Lobby groups in the U.S. and Canada -- don't ask me which ones, for we all know -- are still doing their best to keep Al Jazeera out of U.S. living rooms. I can see why. They will ultimately fail, just as Mubarak couldn't close down modern technology when faced with the end. He once visited Doha and saw the channel's tiny HQ. "All this trouble from a matchbox like this?" he asked. Some trouble! Some matchbox!

Julian Assange loses appeal against extradition

he WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange, has lost his high court appeal against extradition to Sweden to face rape allegations. Lord Justice Thomas and Mr Justice Ouseley on Wednesday handed down their judgment in the 40-year-old Australian's appeal against a European arrest warrant issued by Swedish prosecutors after rape and sexual assault accusations made by two Swedish women following his visit to Stockholm in August 2010.

Occupy the Future

Karl Marx said, "The task is not just to understand the world but to change it." A variant to keep in mind is that if you want to change the world you'd better try to understand it. That doesn't mean listening to a talk or reading a book, though that's helpful sometimes. You learn from participating. You learn from others. You learn from the people you're trying to organize. We all have to gain the understanding and the experience to formulate and implement ideas.

Murdoch Clan Met with Family Therapist to Discuss News Corp.’s Future

Vanity Fair contributing editor Sarah Ellison reports that “The [Murdoch] siblings had been in family counseling with a psychologist over the issue of succession” since before last February. “Rupert was seriously considering giving up his C.E.O. title and wanted [C.O.O. Chase] Carey to ‘groom’ James for the job. Lachlan, Prudence, and Elisabeth had discussed the move extensively with James,” she writes.

Guild calls out Quebecor on its 'dirty war' against CBC

Quebecor media outlets were all but silent recently on uncharacteristically public accusations that the media conglomerate is waging a "dirty war" against the CBC. But the Canadian Media Guild pulled no punches in its defense of the public broadcaster, saying Quebecor has "a private commercial interest in diminishing the role and presence of its main competitor, CBC, especially in the province of Quebec."

Thomson Reuters takes aim at problems in markets division

Thomson Reuters Corp. chief executive Tom Glocer spent the summer moving out some top executives and taking charge of its biggest division himself. The next step: to bring it back to growth. The company’s markets division -- which includes the Reuters news wire service as well as businesses that sell market data to financial institutions, analysts and traders -- has stumbled, including a shaky launch of its new Eikon desktop data product. But Glocer predicts that stronger revenue growth will return by 2013.

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