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Open Phones: The Biggest International News

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

Immigrants from anywhere, call us up and tell us the biggest news stories of 2012 from your country of origin and what big news you're looking out for in 2013. Call 212-433-9692 or post your stories here!

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On The Media

An Argument for Statutory Regulation of the Media

Friday, November 30, 2012

In the wake of News of the World and other press scandals, Lord Justice Leveson has called for a new statute-backed system to regulate the British media. To some, such a move would constitute a reversal of a proud free-press tradition dating back to the 17th century. But Minister of Parliament Nadhim Zahawi tells Bob that the UK's self-policing press has been drinking at the "Last Chance Saloon" for too long.

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The Takeaway

New Report Blasts Media Mogul Rupert Murdoch

Tuesday, May 01, 2012

British lawmakers who investigated phone hacking at the British newspaper News of the World have issued a damning report which concludes that Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to run a major international company. Joining us is John Burns, London bureau chief for our partner The New York Times, and Paul McMullan, Former Features Editor at News of the World

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On The Media

The Blackberry Defense

Friday, December 16, 2011

Earlier this week it was revealed that James Murdoch received an email in 2008 that suggests Murdoch knew about the scope of the News Corp phone hacking scandal long before he has claimed. But, even though Murdoch replied to the email, he claims he didn't read far enough down the chain to grasp the gravity of the situation. Brooke spoke with author William Powers about the Blackberry defense. 

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On The Media

Former News of the World Reporter Paul McMullan

Friday, December 02, 2011

In the aftermath of the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the British government launched an investigation known as the Leveson Inquiry to look into the practices and ethics of the British press. This week, one of the most shocking testimonies of the inquiry came from former NOTW reporter Paul McMullan. Brooke speaks to McMullan about his testimony and why he thinks deceptive reporting tactics are necessary.

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On The Media

Phone Hacking: A Guide

Friday, November 25, 2011

As the effects from the News of the World phone hacking continue to ripple through Britain, many are still wondering how those journalists and private investigators managed to do it. This may not have been their method, but for WNYC's John Keefe, voicemail hacking was surprisingly easy.  In an interview first aired in July of 2011, he tells Brooke all you need is a computer, a phone number, and $10.

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The Takeaway

Phone Hacking Victims Testify in London

Monday, November 21, 2011

Individuals who had their phones hacked by as part of the News International scandal — from famous actors to violent crime victims' families — are set to testify against the ethics and behavior of Britain's tabloid press Monday. In its third day, the Leveson inquiry could bring about sweeping governmental reforms in the U.K., including a "register of journalists" that would be maintained by the government.

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The Takeaway

News Corp. Hacking Inquiry Resumes in Britain

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

A inquiry by the British Parliament into the hacking scandal and bribery that lead News Corporation to close the News of the World tabloid resumes today in London. Four present and former employees of News International, News Corporation's British newspaper subsidiary, are testifying over what News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch and his son James, who runs the conglomerate's European and Asian operations, knew about phone hacking and other illegal activities at News of the World. Will today's revelations conflict with the Murdochs' testimony to Parliament in July? John Burns, London bureau chief for The New York Times, is listening to the hearings.

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The Takeaway

CNN Host Piers Morgan Denies Phone Hacking Allegations

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Before American audiences knew him as Larry King's replacement on CNN and a panelist on "America's Got Talent," Piers Morgan had a long career as a British tabloid journalist, during which he served as an editor at The News of the World and The Daily Mirror. The News of the World was closed in the fallout from the phone hacking and police bribery scandal that continues to envelop parent company News Corporation, and the Mirror's corporate parent announced this week that it is opening an investigation into whether hacking took place at it's newspapers. Last week, Conservative MP Louise Mensch alleged that Morgan was aware of hacking during his tenure at both tabloids. The BBC's Jon Manel reports on the latest.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What's a Hacker Anyway?

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

We hear from Douglas Rushkoff, media theorist and author of, most recently, Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age, on News of the World, Anonymous, and just what "hacking" is in 2011?

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The Takeaway

Trinity Mirror Opens Phone Hacking Investigation

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Following the phone hacking scandal at its rival News International, the Trinity Mirror newspaper group in the U.K. has announced that it will lead a review into its own editorial practices. The publisher's stock price fell 9.8 percent on Monday, following allegations that phone hacking also took place at The Daily Mirror. Sarah Lyall, who has a front page profile of Rupert Murdoch in today's New York Times, has the latest from London.

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On The Media

Phone Hacking: A Guide

Friday, July 22, 2011

As the effects from the News of the World phone hacking continue to ripple throughout Britain, many are still wondering how those journalists and private investigators managed to do it.  This may not have been their method, but for WNYC's John Keefe, voicemail hacking was surprisingly (and shockingly) easy.  He tells Brooke all you need is a computer, a phone number, and $10.

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What Does a Pie to the Face Really Mean?

Friday, July 22, 2011

Earlier this week, Rupert Murdoch joined a long list of powerful people who’ve had pies thrown in their face. Thomas Friedman, Bill Gates, and Anita Bryant have all been victims of the classic prank. Brooke talked with Jacques Servin (a.k.a. Andy Bichlbaum) of The Yes Men, a group with a long history of executing public pranks on the mighty, about why pie-rs pie and what pie-ing does to the pie-d.

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Muted U.S. Public Reaction to British Tabloid Scandal

Friday, July 22, 2011

The U.S. media has been fascinated with the British tabloid phone hacking scandal and its widespread fallout. But according to polling by the Pew Research Center, the public doesn’t share the media’s obsession. Brooke speaks to Pew Research Center President Andrew Kohut, who says that when  the public was asked which story they were following most closely, only 4 percent chose the phone hacking story.

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The Murdoch Family's Endurance

Friday, July 22, 2011

Since last week, the British tabloid phone hacking scandal has worked its way into the highest levels of power in England.  The Metropolitan Police Commissioner has resigned, and even British Prime Minister David Cameron has come under intense public pressure.  The Murdoch family, however, seems to have survived, mostly unscathed. Reuters’ finance blogger Felix Salmon talks to Bob about Rupert and James Murdoch’s unlikely endurance. 

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The Takeaway

After The Takeaway: John Hockenberry Questions the Implications of the News Corp. Scandal

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

After today’s show, The Takeaway’s co-host John Hockenberry reacts to the larger implications of the News Corp. phone hacking scandal. In this video, Hockenberry speaks to the question of government control of the press, and what Rupert Murdoch’s legacy may mean for the future of American journalism. He acknowledges that watching the “Shakespearian” fall of Murdoch and his empire has been entertaining, but urges us not to overlook the severity of the larger situation, suggesting that this story might prove to be bad news for reporters around the globe. 

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The Takeaway

The Murdochs Testify Before British Parliament

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

News Corporation founder Rupert Murdoch, his son James, and former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks were questioned for hours by British lawmakers yesterday morning. "Sorry" became the theme of the day, as the three apologized profusely for the phone hacking scandal, though Murdoch did say he was not aware it was taking place. Around noon, an attacker threw a pie at Murdoch. 

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The Takeaway

Cameron Faces Parliament Over Ties to News Corp.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

"You don't make decisions in hindsight, you make them in the present," British Prime Minister David Cameron told an unruly special session of Parliament this morning. "You live and you learn, and believe you me, I have learnt."

The day after News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch, arguably one of the most powerful men in Britain, defended himself and his company over charges of hacking and bribery at his newspapers, Britain's leader faced Parliament to defend his ties to the Murdoch organization. 

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The Takeaway

Update: The Latest from David Cameron's Parliament Appearance

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron has been appearing before Parliament this morning, defending himself over his ties to News Corporation and the hacking and bribery allegations that have enveloped the company. Cameron vowed the current investigation would widen to include the entire British media. The BBC's Robin Brant reports with the latest on Cameron's appearance.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

News Corp in the Hot Seat

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Felix Salmonfinance blogger for Reuters, sticks around to talk about the continuing News Corp scandal.

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