Today's Top Stories

Scandal Splinters a Family Business

Rupert Murdoch has a protective streak when it comes to his family, and has gone to great lengths to make them central to the News Corporation’s success structure. But what his sons and daughters could soon find out is that if Murdoch is forced to choose between the family and the company he has built, he will choose the News Corporation. “Rupert may end up having to make a choice between his son and the company, which is fairly biblical,” said a friend of the family.

Workers gaining in fight for union rights

This year marks the 76th anniversary of the National Labor Relations Act, the Depression-era law that was essential in building an American middle class and that remains essential to the well-being of all working Americans. So how is the GOP celebrating? Its House members have actually introduced something called -- really -- "The Protecting Jobs From Government Interference Act."

Chicago paper puts brakes on surprise 401(k) fee

An uproar among Chicago Sun-Times newsroom employees has helped reverse a surprise fee slapped on their retirement plans. Members of the Chicago Newspaper Guild complained to management that their quarterly 401(k) statements included unexplained fees of between $500 and $1,200 per person. A June letter to employees had explained that the pro-rata fee resulted from combining plans in a way that would reduce administrative expenses later.

Murdochleaks, a WikiLeaks-style site for News Corp. whistleblowers, goes live

As Rupert Murdoch attempts to manage fallout from the News Corp. scandal on an expanding number of fronts, his company may be faced with even more leaks from current and former employees. Murdochleaks, a WikiLeaks-style site that went live this weekend, encourages whistleblowers both inside and outside the company to submit "tips or evidence of wrongdoing relating to Rupert Murdoch's affiliated institutions."

News Corp. Board Challenged

Some Critics Contend Board Lacks Level of Independence It Needs to Address the Hacking Scandal

News Corp.'s board, under scrutiny for its supervision amid a reporting-tactics scandal at the U.K. newspaper division, is expected to sit tight for at least the next couple of weeks, comfortable that the steps the company has taken so far are appropriate for addressing the crisis, barring other significant developments, according to people familiar with the matter. Critics, however, contend the board lacks the level of independence it needs to ensure the mess is cleaned up properly.

A Tip for Joe the Machinist: Watch Your Back

You work hard. You do good work. You loyally stick with your employer through good times and bad. Do you have a right to a paycheck that rises over time? Analysts from one of America’s top management consulting firms, Booz & Co., have a blunt answer for that: No. The notion that good workers doing valuable work deserve to see their paychecks rise over time, the analysts contend, no longer rates as “tenable.”

BBC journalists plan work to rule

More disruption to BBC news programs is in the cards over the coming weeks, with journalists "indefinitely" working to rule following a 24-hour strike next Monday. National Union of Journalists' members at the corporation have been told in an internal memo that "an indefinite work to rule will begin across the BBC from 00.01 on Tuesday August 2nd immediately following the 24 hour strike."

FCC Commissioner Calls For National Effort To Save News Media

Without a "serious national effort," the American news industry will go down the drain, FCC Michael Copps warned last Thursday. In remarks to the National Newspaper Association, Copps said while journalists have the lead role in fixing their industry, there is wide support for reform. Copps also decried an ongoing "orgy" of media consolidation, as well as the FCC's "unforgivable lack of action on the diversity front."

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