Britain’s press inquiry is a deathbed confession, not a solution

Lord Justice Leveson’s high-profile inquiry into phone hacking and unethical behavior by the British press never really tackled the big problems at the heart of the news industry. And what’s worse is that this huge error wasn’t a mistake — but the result of willful ignorance.

Rupert Murdoch and the LA Times: fact or folly?

There are fresh rumors that Rupert Murdoch wants to buy the flagship newspapers of America’s second and third biggest cities. This would give him a giant footprint in the country’s three biggest markets — but it still doesn’t make business sense.

Top digital exec leaves News Corp ahead of company’s split

Jon Miller, the well-respected chief digital officer of News Corp, is on the way out after presiding over the company’s sprawling digital properties. The move comes at a time that News Corp is splitting into distinct entertainment and publishing companies.

The Daily is laying off 50 employees, yanking some original content

Rupert Murdoch’s struggling iPad newspaper The Daily is laying off 50 of 170 employees and also implementing other cost-saving measures, including decreasing opinion and sports coverage. The changes will help the publication “be more nimble editorially,” editor-in-chief Jesse Angelo said.

paidContent turns 10: A brief history of digital media

Remember when Friendster was the hot social network, publishers doubted that ebooks would ever sell, and Netflix (s NFLX) thought DVDs in red envelopes was the future? We do — that was that state of digital media when paidContent launched in 2002.

The end of convergence? Perhaps for News Corp

Rupert Murdoch’s resignation from News Corp’s UK publishing boards – part of the company’s separation in to two companies – suggests dreams of a converged, multimedia power player may never come to pass.

Virtual life on the line, The Daily launches WKND

News Corp.’s digital tabloid The Daily has been on borrowed time since it was an idea, given enough resources by Rupert Murdoch to launch but no guarantee of longevity. But Editor-in-Chief Jesse Angelo says reports that time may be running out are wrong.