News Corp wil uitgeeftak afsplitsen

fter years of defending its financially underperforming newspapers, News Corporation is now in talks to break up the company and sever its publishing assets, like The Wall Street Journal, The Times of London and The New York Post, from its lucrative entertainment units.
Chase Carey, the chief operating officer, was one of the executives who advised Mr. Murdoch in the possible spinoff of the company’s newspapers.

The possibility signals a sharp reversal in the thinking of Rupert Murdoch about his $53 billion media conglomerate. For years, investors and senior News Corporation executives have pressed for a spinoff of the newspapers, but Mr. Murdoch, a newspaperman at heart who built his company from a single paper in Adelaide, Australia, has consistently rejected those proposals.

But as the company’s cable channels expanded globally, its newspapers have become a financial drag and, in the case of its British tabloids, have hurt its reputation in the fallout over the phone-hacking scandal that led to the closing of the News of the World tabloid.

Top editors and publishers from the company’s newspapers were flown in from around the world and brought together on Tuesday for lunch in a corporate dining room at News Corporation’s Midtown Manhattan headquarters.

In what one employee described as an emotional meeting, Mr. Murdoch, his son James Murdoch and Chase Carey, the company’s chief operating officer, tried their best to quell anxiety and unrest among editors. They worry that the company’s newspapers will lose their economic safety net without the high-performing entertainment assets propping them up.

The senior Murdoch indicated that he was tired of shareholders and analysts regarding the newspapers as a drag on the company and that he believed his publishing business would benefit from its own dedicated management.

News of the possible spinoff was first reported by The Wall Street Journal. News Corporation’s stock climbed 8 percent on Tuesday to close at $21.96 a share, its highest close since 2007.

Hella | 27/06/2012 08:26