Ditching the Times Group

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/03/2017

Why did the PM and his ministers and bureaucrats, and Chandrababu Naidu (whose state is an official partner of the summit)  all pull out of the ET  global summit at the last minute? It started on March 27. The reason offered by a gossip portal, that the PM and his men were upset with ET because of its build up to Akhilesh Yadav before the elections,  does not explain a last minute ditch. But the paper seems to be trying to make up. Each of the  first four pages of today's ET had prominent stories on the PM with his picture.             

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The Times Group is persisting in its efforts to leverage the social media behaviour of its employees for the company's benefit. Newslaundry reports that the Group which began dictating terms to staff who were on Twitter and Facebook from 2014, has just given them guidelines which amount to saying  journalists can’t tweet their own stories from their personal accounts.   “All content related to your primary role at BCCL should be posted solely on the Company account”.                    

Slate reports that  according to regulatory paperwork filed on August 14, 21st Century Fox paid out about $50 million in the fiscal year that ended on June 30 to cover costs related to a slew of sexual-harassment and discrimination settlements at Fox News. The New York Times  reports that $50 million is $5 million more than what the company said it had paid out as of the end of March. For more on this story see here.                           

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