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  • Murdoch Makes First Visit to Journal Newsroom Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 5:02 AM ET

    Rupert Murdoch, the world's most high-profile media mogul, stopped by the Wall StreetJournal newsroom Wednesday for the first time since his NewsCorp. sealed a $5.6 billion deal to buy publisher Dow Jones.

  • News Corp Sidesteps the NBC-iTunes Fight Tuesday, 11 Sep 2007 | 9:08 AM ET

    News Corp. will not pull its television shows from Apple's iTunes as rival media group NBC Universal has done over a pricing dispute, President Peter Chernin said in an interview on Tuesday.

  • More Sex, Violence Shown in TV Family Hour, Study Shows Wednesday, 5 Sep 2007 | 10:54 AM ET

    Americans are being subjected to more sex, violence and profane language during the traditional, early-evening "family hour" of broadcast television viewing, a U.S. watchdog group said Wednesday.

  • Fall TV Trade Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | 8:46 PM ET

    This fall will bring a new TV season and the beginning of a year-long presidential cycle for the networks. The money should drop in buckets on the network and cable companies but the big question remains same – who’s going to catch it?

  • "Halloween" Slashes Holiday Box Office Record Monday, 3 Sep 2007 | 7:43 AM ET

    A re-imagining of the classic slasher movie "Halloween" broke the record for a new release during the U.S. Labor Day holiday weekend, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.

  • Hulu: NBC And Fox Hope It's a Real "Lulu" Wednesday, 29 Aug 2007 | 4:38 PM ET

    NBC Universal (owned by GE, which is parent company of CNBC) and News Corp are collaborating on a online video site to compete with YouTube, and today we learned its name: Hulu. (Go to hulu.com) to check out some of the video the on-demand service will be providing--you'll see that Fox's "24" and NBC's "My Name is Earl") are prominently featured.

  • Fall TV Trade Monday, 27 Aug 2007 | 12:26 PM ET

    This fall will bring a new TV season and the beginning of a year-long presidential cycle for the networks. The money should drop in buckets on the network and cable companies but the big question remains same – who’s going to catch it?

  • 'Superbad' Is No. 1 At Weekend Box Office Sunday, 26 Aug 2007 | 2:05 PM ET
    Superbad

    Bawdy comedy "Superbad" proved to be super good at the North American movie boxoffices, holding onto the No. 1 slot for the second straight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday.

  • Big Ten/Fox Vs. Cable Carriers: Here's Your Q & A Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 5:27 PM ET

    Let's just say the Big Ten Network battle between the cable carriers and the Big Ten/Fox team is in full swing. I got many interesting e-mails yesterday and today. The are a couple points that I feel I need to clarify and I'm going to do it in this Q & A to help better answer some questions.

  • "Anchorwoman" (2007)

    There's this new Fox reality TV show called 'Anchorwoman' in which an inappropriately-dressing blonde model and WWE spokeswoman is hired to anchor the news. Swimsuit model drives in her convertible (painting her toenails as she drives) to host a local newscast. Her clothes are too revealing, the previous anchorwoman is livid, and hilarity ensues.

  • Disney Channel: The New, Low Risk Launching Pad Thursday, 23 Aug 2007 | 12:40 PM ET
    Hannah Montana

    Disney Music Group dominates the Billboard 200 chart with eight titles in the top 50. High School Musical 2 Soundtrack (Walt Disney Records) is #1, Hannah Montana 2/Meet Miley Cyrus (Walt Disney Records/Hollywood Records) is #2 and Jonas Brothers (Hollywood Records) is #8. The Disney Music Group is managing to top the charts while the rest of the music industry suffers thanks to the power of the Disney Channel.

  • Big Ten Network: Not Starting Up In A "Big" Way Wednesday, 22 Aug 2007 | 2:57 PM ET

    Bob Johnson founded BET, yet he couldn't keep his regional sports network, C-SET, from faltering. Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, yet his ACSN had no chance. The Big Ten is one of the most powerful college conferences in the country, but unless they get real in the next couple weeks with the price that they're charging for the Big Ten Network, this operation will be in the graveyard within the next three years.

  • Blu-ray Vs. HD DVD:  Is Sony Now Losing The DVD War? Tuesday, 21 Aug 2007 | 11:09 AM ET
    Toshiba HD DVD

    Another battle in the very long war. For years Sony's Blu-ray has been battling with Microsoft and Toshiba-backed HD DVD. And everyone--the studios, the disc and player manufacturers, and consumers--is just dying for one format to emerge victorious and the other format to fall the way of the BetaMax. HD DVD just scored an unexpected win, after Blu-ray had taken the lead. DreamWorks Animation and Viacom's Paramount (including DreamWorks Studio) just committed to releasing their films...

  • So J&J Thinks it Can Dance Friday, 17 Aug 2007 | 1:46 PM ET

    At CNBC we use -- among others -- a couple of primary business news wire services -- NewsEdge, part of Thomson, and Relegence, part of AOL.

  • Murdoch's other Agenda -- Going Green! Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 4:56 PM ET

    Since I report so much on Rupert Murdoch and News Corp, it seemed only fair to report on his softer side. Despite that fact that Murdoch is known for pushing a conservative agenda in his media outlets, he's promoting what's traditionally been considered a liberal cause -- a campaign against global warming.

  • Lack of Online Privacy can be a Good Thing Thursday, 16 Aug 2007 | 4:13 PM ET

    Everyone gripes about the fact that there's no privacy online and Web surfers' personal information is exploited. But sometimes our actions online should be transparent -- there needs to be some accountability in this world of Wikis, where users are counted on to police inaccuracies and update news.

  • One of the more interesting aspects of last night's Berkshire Hathaway portfolio filing is the appearance of just under 3 million shares of Dow Jones stock.  We now know who sold those shares to Warren Buffett.   PLUS: A preview of tonight's real-time coverage as Buffett hosts a fundraiser in Omaha for Barack Obama's presidential campaign.

  • Buffett Buys Stakes in Bank of America, Dow Jones Tuesday, 14 Aug 2007 | 7:18 PM ET

    Billionaire investor Warren Buffett bought a major stake Bank of America and added a significant investment in Dow Jones as well, a regulatory filing shows. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway said it owned 8.7 million shares of Bank of America, the second-largest U.S. bank, valued at $425.3 million.

  • Times Under Fire Monday, 13 Aug 2007 | 2:30 PM ET

    The New York Times may be the paper of record, it might have earned the title 'Gray Lady,' but it cannot escape the changing times. I'm not talking about the fact that that print publications across the board are suffering ad revenue declines and subscription dips.

  • NBC Universal

    NBC Universal (parent company is GE which also owns CNBC) and News Corp's joint online video venture doesn't have a name (though in some circles it's referred to as New Site), and it's ostensibly launching in September but there's no specific launch date. But somehow it's worth $1 billion dollars, at least based on a 10% stake reportedly being sold to private equity firm Providence Equity Partners for $100 million.