News Corp is bringing Piers Morgan back to the airwaves as the centerpiece in its launch of talkTV, a British channel set to launch early next year. According to News Corp’s British arm, News UK, the network “will be streamed live and made widely available on all platforms including linear TV and OTT with content available across social media as well as News UK’s own broad inventory of websites and apps.” In the US, Morgan’s chat show will run on the Fox Nation streaming service, and it will appear on Sky News Australia. Morgan will also write a weekly column that will appear in The Sun and the New York Post. Most recently, he hosted ITV’s “Good Morning Britain,” but he exited that position in March following his on-air accusation that Meghan Markle was not telling the truth in her CBS interview with Oprah Winfrey.
Fox Corporation buys celebrity gossip brand TMZ from AT&T’s WarnerMedia. TMZ co-founder Harvey Levin will stay on as managing editor. Fox will operate TMZ’s main website, its culture site TooFab.com, its syndicated television programs and celebrity bus tours. “The unique and powerful brand Harvey has created in TMZ has forever changed the entertainment industry and we’re excited to welcome them to Fox,” Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch said in a statement. TMZ is one of the assets that AT&T is selling as it prepares for the spinoff of WarnerMedia, which is to merge with Discovery.
Roger Darnell, founder of The Darnell Works Agency, has written a book aimed at professionals and students who want to improve their prospects in business. “The Communications Consultant’s Foundation” outlines how readers can develop the soft skills required for a successful career as a communicator, as well as offering tips on effective ways to work remotely and independently. Incorporating knowledge from established industry figures and first-hand insight from Darnell’s own career, the book explores such topics as essential business imperatives, what it means to be a PR expert in the creative industry, customer service and the basics of positive, proactive, strategic communications. Darnell has worked on projects including music videos; featured, short and brand films; integrated marketing campaigns; and Super Bowl spots.