After the coffee. Before seeing if I can be a trophy husband.
The Skinny: Once again my views on love have been shattered. It may take me years to recover from this one. Sorry we’re late today. There were technical difficulties beyond our control. Hopefully you took the day off anyway. Friday’s stories include coverage of Rupert Murdoch’s divorce filing and a preview of the weekend box office. If you are interested in receiving an email alert when the Morning Fix is live please send me a note.
Daily Dose: Last week, former Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt criticized the idea of the Koch brothers, who often back conservative causes, owning the Los Angeles Times. Now Koch Industries has fired back at Hundt’s remarks and taken issue with his motivations. Here’s the latest.
We can't work it out. It's the kind of tabloid story mogul Rupert Murdoch loves to cover -- the breakup of a high-profile marriage. Unfortunately, this time it was his marriage to the much younger Wendi Deng that was breaking up. While the divorce will no doubt take a few bucks out of Murdoch's wallet, it is unlikely to change anything within his media empire. Too bad though that we won't get any real dirt on the split from Murdoch's New York Post. Coverage of the split from the New York Times, Deadline Hollywood, The Guardian, Los Angeles Times.
Look, up in the sky, it's a hit. Warner Bros.' "Man of Steel" should be strong enough to take in more than $90 million and maybe even top $100 million by the time we wake up Monday morning. That would be good news for Warner Bros., which could use a hit and potential new franchise. However, the movie is generating its biggest interest from older men and if that means folks like me, then be worried, because we don't rush out to the movies the way the kids do. Box office previews from the Los Angeles Times and Hollywood Reporter.
Not a fan. On Thursday, Gannett announced it was acquiring Belo Corp. in a deal valued at $2.2 billion. As part of the deal, Gannett would own Belo’s KING-TV in Seattle, which does not sit well with the Seattle Times. In a blistering editorial, the Seattle Times called on the Federal Communications Commission to block the deal. By acquiring Belo, Gannett would own local TV stations in 21 of the top 25 markets. The Seattle Times says such consolidation is a “threat to quality journalism.”
Making his mark. On Monday, CNN will premiere its new morning show “New Day.” The show is just one of several changes new chief Jeff Zucker is bringing to the network since taking over in January. Variety takes a look at Zucker’s CNN and where it is headed and what advertisers are along for the ride.
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