News Corp. hopes to acquire a 49 percent stake in the YES Network, the cable channel that broadcasts Yankees games and Yankee-related documentaries, the Times reports
. But did you know it also broadcasts the Nets games? Murdoch could eventually take a controlling interest in the network and perhaps turn it into "a more conventional, less-biased sports network." As Murdoch nears taking control over the broadcast of our local basketball team, we wondered, just how much more of our local media does the media mogul own?
The New York Post
I'm sure many of our readers have a negative opinion of Murdoch's tabloid, based on its frequently distasteful covers (see above) and its far-right editorial pages. But from a newsgathering perspective, it outdoes its competitors in covering the sort of local Brooklyn news you want from a tabloid: crime, development, and other spot-news stories. You should read it more often. (Also, since News Corp. purchased the Wall Street Journal
, it has amped up its local coverage of the city.)
The Brooklyn Paper Et Al.
's excellent local coverage is bolstered by its parent company's ownership of several local news sources. In 2009, News Corp.'s Community Newspaper Group bought The Brooklyn Paper
; it also owns the old Courier-Life chain, which has been collected under the website BrooklynDaily.com
Fox 5 News
Anchor Ernie Anastos is a local celebrity
; he's been covering the New York news since 1978, at WNYW since 2005. I don't know why, but he always reminds me of the anchor character in the Canadian proto-Office
sitcom The Newsroom
, which, if you've never seen it, you should rectify that
Fox News Radio
The radio network syndicates programs on myriad local radio stations, especially its headline reports. And while News Corp. doesn't own 770 AM WABC, many of the company's personalities, like Sean Hannity and Geraldo Rivera, appear on its dial.
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