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News Corp. in talks to bring back Rebekah Brooks

New York (CNN) — Rebekah Brooks may have a second act at News Corp.

A spokesperson for News Corp. confirmed Friday that it has been in talks with Brooks, who was cleared of all charges last year in a phone hacking scandal that had threatened to derail her career.

"As we've said before we have been …

Rebekah Brooks

New York Daily News defends showing shocking shooting photos

New York (CNN) — The New York Daily News was widely condemned for its front page about the on-air murders in Roanoke, Virginia, with critics calling its use of the graphic images "despicable" and "heartless." The tabloid had a different description: newsworthy.

"The images that The News used …


Virginia TV shooting leaves news crews rattled

New York (CNN) — Live shots are not supposed to end with shots fired.

Wednesday morning's murder of two journalists on live television is causing heartache and anxiety in newsrooms across the country. It is also causing a difficult reassessment of the security concerns surrounding a staple of TV …


Miley, music videos and mayhem: Why the VMAs matter

New York (CNN) — Is YouTube killing the video star?

Not so much according to Van Toffler, the executive producer of this weekend's Video Music Awards on MTV.

Thanks to social media, music videos are thriving and the VMAs have a bigger audience than ever.

"Even in the modern age of social media and …


Al Jazeera America loses another female executive

New York (CNN) — Al Jazeera America has parted ways with another top female executive, the latest in a string of high-profile departures this year at the struggling news channel.

AJAM confirmed that Mary Caraccioli is no longer serving as the channel's senior vice president of news output.

Caraccioli …

Plastered on the New York Daily News and Post front pages: an execution

New York (CNN) — Even by the standards of the New York Daily News and the New York Post, this seemed like a step too far.

The tabloid newspapers chose to put close-up images from a gunman's execution video on their front pages on Thursday, immediately provoking condemnation from other journalists …

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Angry WDBJ GM on shooter: 'I'm not sure if I want him to live or die.'

New York (CNN) — WDBJ general manager Jeff Marks did not hold back in his anger over the deaths of his two young staffers, reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward, who were shot to death live on air.

Marks appeared on the station's noon broadcast Wednesday which reported that the suspected …


Virginia journalists first to be slain in U.S. since 2007

New York (CNN) — Until Wednesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists had counted 39 deaths of journalists around the world in 2015, in countries like Syria, Yemen and France.

Now two more names, Alison Parker and Adam Ward, are being added to the list.

Parker and Ward, the reporter and photographer …


Police: Bryce Williams fatally shoots self after killing journalists on air

(CNN) — After he shot two journalists on live TV and before he shot himself, Bryce Williams sent a message: "I've been a human powder keg for a while....just waiting to go BOOM."

Those were the words the gunman wrote in a chilling fax to ABC News, according to the network. The document purportedly …


Univision's Jorge Ramos: It's my 'right' to challenge Trump on immigration

New York (CNN) — Jorge Ramos says Donald Trump's event on Tuesday was "the first time in my life, anywhere in the world, in which I have been escorted out of a press conference."

The Univision anchorman's testy Q&A with Trump has the political and media worlds buzzing.

Perhaps both men benefited -- …


Donald Trump and Jorge Ramos have a stormy history

New York (CNN) — "Go back to Univision," Donald Trump said when Univision anchor Jorge Ramos tried to ask a question at a Tuesday evening press conference.

Ramos wasn't altogether surprised when a security guard escorted him out of the room. In fact, he wasn't sure if he'd be allowed into the press …

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Fox chief Roger Ailes: Trump's attack on Kelly is 'disturbing'

New York (CNN) — The battle between Donald Trump and Fox News is back with a vengeance.

Fox wants the famously non-apologetic presidential candidate to apologize for his latest round of attacks against Megyn Kelly.

"Donald Trump's surprise and unprovoked attack on Megyn Kelly during her show last …

Roger Ailes

'Fear The Walking Dead' devours cable record

New York (CNN) — The dead rose again, and in record numbers.

The series premiere of "Fear The Walking Dead," the companion to AMC's "Walking Dead" series, brought in 10.1 million viewers on Sunday night, a number that made it the top series premiere in cable history.

The 90-minute episode pulled in …

The Walking Dead

Cox Media seeks reporter who's 'less Paula Zahn, more Zoe Barnes' - Aug. 24, 2015

Why Pres. Obama, Clinton like 'House of Cards'

Zoe Barnes of Netflix's "House of Cards" was a tenacious reporter, so much so that Cox Media's Rare put out a job listing looking for a real life Zoe Barnes.

"We have an immediate opening for an experienced political reporter to cover election season and …


Stephen Colbert's first guests: George Clooney, Elon Musk, Amy Schumer

New York (CNN) — When Stephen Colbert returns to television as the new host of CBS's "Late Show" after Labor Day, he'll be joined by a eclectic group of guests, from A-list actors to Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.

George Clooney and Jeb Bush will be Colbert's first guests on September 8. And "Late …

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Rupert Murdoch wants Michael Bloomberg to run for president

New York (CNN) — Who would media mogul Rupert Murdoch like to see on the ballot in 2016? Apparently Michael Bloomberg.

On Sunday night Murdoch put out word, through his personal Twitter account, that "it's time" for Bloomberg, a fellow mogul who completed a third term as New York City mayor in 2013 …

Rupert Murdoch

Just how much media coverage is Donald Trump getting?

New York (CNN) — Since the first Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump has received more attention on the nightly news than his 16 rivals — combined.

In fact, Trump coverage alone almost doubled all the other GOP candidate coverage.

An analysis for CNN's "Reliable Sources" showed that Trump …

Donald Trump

Donald Trump expected to appear on Rolling Stone

New York (CNN) — Donald Trump has been on the cover of Time magazine. And The Hollywood Reporter. Up next: Rolling Stone.

The iconic music and culture magazine is planning to feature Trump on the cover of its next issue, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

A Rolling Stone …

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Will Regal search your bag at the movies this weekend?

New York (CNN) — Movie fans going to the theater this weekend may be greeted by laminated signs warning that their bags will be "subject" to searches before they can enter.

Those signs have been getting posted in recent days to the entrances of Regal Cinemas, one of the country's largest theaters …


Donald Trump's latest business idea: Get paid for interviews?

New York (CNN) — Donald Trump's business ventures have made him billions, but his latest money-making idea is a non-starter.

In interviews this week, the bombastic presidential candidate is touting his ratings-grabbing popularity and suggesting he should be paid to show up for interviews.

He's even …

Donald Trump

Media stocks in fresh slide led by Disney

New York (CNN) — Major media stocks led by Disney slid markedly on Thursday, continuing a month-long reassessment of the industry's valuation.

You could call it an August Reset. A sell-off that started more than two weeks ago was refueled Thursday morning when a prominent analyst, Bernstein's Todd …

Walt Disney Company

New York Times regrets using 'slave mistress' in obit

New York (CNN) — In a lengthy and eloquent obituary of civil rights activist Julian Bond, the New York Times described his great-grandmother as the "slave mistress" of a Kentucky farmer.

It is a phrase the newspaper said on Thursday that it regrets using.

Public Editor Margaret Sullivan wrote that …

Julian Bond

A long history of pitchmen gone bad

New York (CNN) — Beloved pitchmen (and women) can work wonders for a brand.

But things can go bad quickly when an individual gets caught up in a scandal. The latest example: Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle.

Subway suspended its relationship with Jared Fogle when allegations of child pornography …


Conservative media: Who loves Donald Trump, and who doesn't

New York (CNN) — Donald Trump has won over much of the Republican electorate this summer. Among the conservative media establishment, however, opinions about the billionaire businessman are sharply divided.

To some commentators on the right, Trump is making a mockery of conservatism and jeopardizing …

Donald Trump

Weather Channel's future clouded by sales talk - Aug. 19, 2015

Seven years after buying The Weather Channel, NBCUniversal and its private equity partners are getting more serious about possibly cashing out.

Two banks, Morgan Stanley and PJT Partners, are working with the channel's owners and talking with potential buyers, according to two people with knowledge …


New York Times editor on Amazon story: Not 'quite enough' evidence

New York (CNN) — The New York Times' searing expose on workplace conditions at Amazon has been hailed by some as a piece of exemplary journalism.

The Times' public editor Margaret Sullivan, however, had a more lukewarm reaction to the piece on Tuesday

The Amazon story, Sullivan said, "was driven less …


Huffington Post, unmoved by polls, keeps Trump in celeb section

New York (CNN) — Donald Trump is still the Republican presidential frontrunner, the man to beat in a crowded field of hopefuls.

But at the Huffington Post, Trump remains no more of a legitimate candidate than Sharon Stone. And the liberal news website has no plans to change that anytime soon.

A month …

Donald Trump

BuzzFeed gets $200 million from NBC

New York (CNN) — NBCUniversal is investing $200 million in BuzzFeed, and the two companies are planning to collaborate on programming and advertising.

It is by far the most money BuzzFeed has ever raised.

The announcement comes one week after NBC injected $200 million into one of BuzzFeed's online …


Tracy Morgan to return to 'Saturday Night Live' after car accident

New York (CNN) — Tracy Morgan is returning to host "Saturday Night Live."

The former cast member will appear on October 17 for the first time since being critically injured in a car wreck that occurred in June of 2014, NBC announced on Monday.

Morgan, 46, suffered broken ribs, a broken nose, and …

Tracy Morgan