Al JAZEERA ACE RETURNS TO NBC
Cairo-based Ayman Mohyeldin, the “Anderson Cooper” of Al Jazeera English, is returning to NBC News next month as foreign correspondent covering the action in the Middle East.
The former NBC News desk assistant in Washington joined AJE in `96 and helped the Arab satellite TV service gain visibility, according to the New York Times.
Mohyeldin posted on Facebook that that his return to NBC will help the “historic developments in the Middle East” receive more coverage in the U.S.
He hopes to make a “positive difference in the way the U.S. understands the region, challenging stereotypes and misunderstandings.”
GQ magazine likened Mohyeldin to Cooper.
SLIM UPS NYT CO. STAKE
Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim Helu and family members have increased their stake in the New York Times Co. to 10.6 percent from seven percent.
They have warrants to bolster their position to more than 16 percent by 2015.
The NYTC repaid a $250M loan that carried a 14 percent interest rate to Slim last month. That repayment was made more than three years before it was due.
Slim invested in the company in `09.
NYS SLAPS NEWS CORP.
New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli has voided a $27M education contract with a News Corp. unit, citing the “ongoing investigations and continuing revelations” about the media combine headed by Rupert Murdoch.
The contract for evaluating tests was with News Corp.’s Wireless Generation. It was part of the Empire State’s $700M “Race to the Top” program, according to the August 27 New York Daily News.
In his letter to the state’s Education Dept., DiNapoli wrote that “we are returning the contract with Wireless Generation unapproved.” He also knocked News Corp.’s “incomplete record” in the education department.
News Corp. acquired a 90 percent stake in Brooklyn-based Wireless Generation in November for $360M.
Murdoch hailed the company as being “in the forefront of individualized, technology-based leading that is poised to revolutionize public education for a new generation of students.”
Joel Klein, the former New York City chancellor and deputy White House counsel in the Clinton administration, heads News Corp.’s education thrust.
He also oversees News Corp.’s management standards committee that is exploring the hacking scandal that led to the shutdown of the News of the World tabloid in the U.K. , parliamentary hearings and a U.S. Justice Dept. probe.