Crikey says: this week in the life of News Corp ...
Women, non-white people, drivers? Rundle on the impressive reach of the Abbott govt’s gaffe squad. The business case for war in Iraq. The bellwether MP who’s missing in action. How Telstra’s boss got filthy rich. Razer on the evolutionary case for PMS, and other dumb science. No, you’re not imagining it, wages are going down. The Oz hates Fairfax but hates the Press Council more. Kim Dotcom’s tilt at parliament. And rise of the “casual beach shoe”: Britain’s quaint attempt at summer.
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Monday, August 11, 6.00am
The federal Environment Department confirms it intends to use “legal mechanisms” to recover a $134,904 taxpayer-funded environmental grant made in 2012 to a failed investment company part-owned by News Corp, which collapsed last year owing tens of millions of dollars to investors.
Monday, August 11, 11.59am
ABC Fact Check finds that Rupert Murdoch’s claim in a recent interview that climate change has been happening for as long as the planet has been here and “at the moment the North Pole is melting a bit, but the South Pole is getting bigger” is misleading.
Monday, August 11, 6.51pm
A three-year court battle between News Corp co-chairman Lachlan Murdoch, his wife, Sarah, and their neighbours over alterations to their $23 million Bellevue Hill mansion, Le Manoir, is settled. A Sydney court rules that trees on the Murdochs’ property must be pruned regularly at their expense.
Tuesday, August 12, 6.17pm A group of US consumer packaged goods companies accuses News Corp of monopolising the market for in-store promotions by entering into anti-competitive contracts with retailers.
Tuesday, August 12, 9.07pm
The London Sun’s crime reporter, Anthony France, is to be charged in relation to an investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
Tuesday, August 12, 11.26pm
A former Sun journalist on trial at the Old Bailey denies two charges that followed from a brief investigation into a tip from a student who claimed she had evidence on a phone of a celebrity cheating on his girlfriend.
Wednesday, August 13, 2.38am
Convicted News of the World former editor Andy Coulson is sleeping on a rubber bunk bed in a category A prison. Coulson is locked up 22 to 24 hours a day in a cell measuring 8ft by 10ft, but, contrary to reports, has not been attacked by a fellow inmate.