NYT TAKES AIM AT INDIA
The New York Times has launched India Ink, an website featuring news about politics, business, culture, sports and lifestyle developments in India.
India Ink is edited by the NYT staffers in India and International Herald Tribune staffers in Hong Kong.
Heather Simmons, who covered the Subcontinent for the past four years, is lead writer of the site, which is at nytimes.com/IndiaInk.
She is buttressed by correspondent Lydia Polgreen, New Delhi bureau chief Jim Yardley, Mumbai-based reporter Vikas Bajaj and ex-Delhi head Somini Sengupta.
Jill Abramson, executive editor of the NYT, called India a “vibrant country with a wealth of urgent news and compelling stories.”
MURDOCH TO TESTIFY AGAIN
James Murdoch, News Corp.’s deputy chief operating officer, has been asked to reappear before the British parliamentary panel that is probing the phone hacking scandal.
The culture, media and sport committee has also recalled Les Hinton, the former Dow Jones CEO who once headed News Corp.’s U.K. newspaper division.
Earlier this month, two News Corp. executives testified that Murdoch was aware that the phone hacking scandal involved more than one reporter. That contradicts Murdoch’s July testimony.
John Whittingdale, the Conservative MP who heads the committee, wants Murdoch to reappear due to the “different accounts of what we heard.”
It may be “that he comes and says he simply disagrees. But obviously that would be something that it would be helpful to hear direct from him,” he said.
A News Corp. spokesperson said Murdoch is happy to appear once again before the panel.
FCC VET JOINS COMCAST
Rebecca Arbogast, managing director at Stifel Financial, joined Comcast Sept. 19 as VP-global public policy. She is based in Washington.
Prior to Stifel, where she handled legal and regulatory matters concerning media and technology companies, Arbogast served as chief of the Federal Communications Commission’s international telecommunications unit.
She also worked in the Justice Dept.’s office of legal counsel.
At Comcast, Arbogast reports to Kyle McSlarrow, president of Comcast/NBCUniversal.
FOX NEWS HITS ROAD
Fox News has penciled in a six-city tour to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the News Corp. property.
The month-long caravan began Sept. 19 when “Fox and Friends” broadcasted from Orlando.
Other stops include Las Vegas (“Studio B” and “The Fox Report with Shepard Smith” on 9/27), Chicago (“Your World with Neil Cavuto” on 10/3), Atlanta (“Hannity with Sean Hannity” on 10/6), Boston (“The O'Reilly Factor” on 10/11) and Phoenix (“On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” on 10/20).