FROM Ken Auletta
Murdoch Moves In a surprise move, 83-year-old media mogul Rupert Murdoch is giving his two sons new positions in his companies, apparently setting them up to succeed him. Lachlan Murdoch, Rupert’s oldest son, was named non-executive co-chairman of 21st Century Fox and the News Corp. today. Meanwhile Lachlan’s brother, James, has been promoted to co-chief operating officer at 21st Century Fox. The new appointments have big implications for the future of the Murdoch media empire.
New York Times Given Junk Status In May, $400 million of debt will come due for the owners of the New York Times . With advertising revenue practically disappearing, the timing couldn't be worse. A $250 million loan from Mexican telephone mogul Carlos Slim will help, but not enough for Moody's Investment Services to change its last week's labeling of the Times as a " junk-level " investment. Ken Auletta, a columnist and contributor to the New Yorker magazine, is working on his eleventh book on the future of the media.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."