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Re-tweet rumours: Is the Times and Sunday Times up for sale?

It looks like everyone knows about as much as we do on this one – from Michael Wolff’s tweets alone. On Saturday the Vanity Fair columnist and Murdoch biographer suggested, via Twitter,  that News Corp could be looking to sell the Times and the Sunday Times: “Rumor in London banking circles: Times and Sunday Times up for sale.”

Before long, @michaelwolffnyc’s short message was on the re-tweet circuit:

But if Wolff knows more detail, he’s keeping it to himself for now. Meanwhile he’s asking other journalists if they know more…

@johngapper [Financial Times columnist] Working it right now. Being characterized as “strong rumor among private equity” that Times and Sunday Times could be on block.

@janinegibson [ editor] Funny how that happens. Have you heard anything – beyond tweets?

Michael Wolff on Twitter…

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BeetTV: Michael Wolff says News Corp. ‘knows nothing about technology’

June 17th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Journalism

From Beet TV: Journalist and Murdoch biographer Michael Wolff on why News Corp’s acquisition of MySpace could be seen as a ‘relative calamity’ because the corporation ‘knows nothing about technology’.  “We’ve seen this again, and again, and again and again … when mainstream traditional media companies buy technology companies they don’t do very well. Often they do terribly and often they actually collapse.”

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Editor&Publisher: Michael Wolff – “Newspapers not only will go away but they should go away”

May 8th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Events, Newspapers

Editor&Publisher reports Michael Wolff’s keynote speech at the E&P/MediaWeek Interactive Conference on Thursday:

“…[Wolff] again predicted the ‘death of newspapers’, adding that he’d been having ‘fun’ pushing the proposition in recent months to the point of being considered a ‘Dr. Doom.’

“Newspapers ‘not only will go away but they should go away,’ he said, adding that today’s talk would ‘cap’ his statements and then he would ‘never speak of the death of newspapers again.'”

Full story at this link…

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December 23rd, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Online Journalism

“As literary feuds go, this one is Grade A,” writes Patricia Best in the Globe and Mail.

She takes a look at the controversial review of Michael Wolff’s biography of Rupert Murdoch – by Conrad Black.

Wolff, in response via a blog post, isn’t impressed by ‘this new sort of web journalism’. He sees it as ‘dramatically discredited people reinvented as web opinionists’.

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Vanity Fair: Rupert Murdoch interviewed by Michael Wolff

September 3rd, 2008 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick

An extract from Michael Wolff’s forthcoming book, The Man Who Owns the News, in October’s Vanity Fair, which, among other revelations, details how he acted as a peace broker between Barack Obama and his Fox News Network.

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