December 13th, 2012

Murdoch Plans 7 Day Times

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The editor of The Times, James Harding, resigned after becoming aware that he no longer enjoyed the confidence of Rupert Murdoch. John Witherow, the long-serving editor of The Sunday Times, is the front-runner to be appointed editor of The Times. News Corporation is reported to have taken legal advice on whether it could merge the two newspapers into a more economic seven-day operation. During the Harding era broadsheet newspaper circulations have collapsed:

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rupert-murdochWhen he bought the paper in 1981 Rupert Murdoch gave an undertaking “to preserve the separate identities of The Times and The Sunday Times.” Given that The Times is losing nearly a million pounds a week that is an undertaking that is no longer viable in the digital age. In the circumstances the government is unlikely to stand in the way of a rationalisation of the papers into a 7-day operation, like its tabloid sister The Sun…


107 Comments

  1. 1
    PlatoSays says:

    The Times has been squeezing out the STimes for weeks – online if you refresh on a Sunday you get linked to the STimes once = then it sends you to the Times who have updated stories.

    The STimes website is gimmicky and awful to navigate – I welcome this development though sorry to see the chap leave.

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    • 3
      Blind Pugh says:

      Times move on .

      Get a life and start reading the Huffington Post;

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    • 42
      Anonymous says:

      Rupert should be told to sell off the Times Group. No one person should be allowed to control more than 25% of the media. Issue is democracy and one person controlling too much of the media is not good for democracy.

      Blair or Brown only went cap in hand to Rupert they didn’t behave like this with other media owners.

      BBC and BskyB need more competition, more plays should be allowed to enter the market. BBC should be allowed to advertise and licence fee should be eliminated.

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      • 58
        Sunny Boy. says:

        I wouldn’t be too concerned. Democracy has lead us to the EU and who voted for Rompuy, Ashton, Barroso or the EU?

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        • 74
          Give us a cuddle says:

          Dopey Dave should sell off all the BBC and put it out to private competition. Then we might start getting some real news for a change.

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          • XXxx says:

            They could get rid of Radio 1 as a stand alone station, so the DJs who think they are worth £xxx,000 pa will find out how much they really are appreciated

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      • 77
        Anonymous says:

        wisdom is what matters.
        you could be diverse and dumb.
        if freedom matters than we need the truth,

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  2. 2
    Doris Goldblatt says:

    I phoned up 999 earlier today i was crying down the phone and said “please please can you send someone around to me as Jimmy Savile has had his hand on my willy and stuck a finger up my bum”

    The police operator said “That’s ridiculous don’t be so stupid, stop telling such outrageous lies and wasting police time”

    I said “well that’s exactly what you said to me when i called 25 years ago you useless wankers”

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  3. 4
    The Flatpack Gibbet Company says:

    There are members of this government who will have known about, and even colluded in the murder of Mr Finucane in 1989.

    And will Thatcher be brought to account?

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    • 11
      Grumpy Old Man says:

      More utter bollocks from the looney left. The judge-led inquiry made it absolutely clear that the plot did not extend to even the lowest level of government. Labour fucked the economy twice, in 1976 and in 2008. Will Wilson and Brown be brought to account?

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    • 14
      He who no longer posts says:

      It’s Facher’s fault that it is so cold now.

      That’s global warming for you, see?

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    • 15
      Really? says:

      Who gives a shit about a dead IRA rat? I don’t.

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    • 81
      Anonymous says:

      mi5….
      mi5 + wars + d.notice….
      what next?
      .
      someone is getting more and more desperate.
      to be alert and alive switch the tele off.

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  4. 5
    Lost in Clacton says:

    Newspapers are going the same way as all those coal mines.

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    • 12
      Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

      And the same way as white Londoners.

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      • 53
        Matron Miller says:

        I am astonished that as many as 3.02% of Merseysiders are non-white. Do immigrants do no research at all before arriving?

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        • 73
          Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

          Good at figures I see. But then, you can count up to 90,000.

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          • Give us a cuddle, Chuck says:

            Why does your percentage keep changing? Lots of emigration from there is there?

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          • XXxx says:

            Chucky Cuddle, maybe London is relocating all their non oligarch friends (those without lots of money) to other parts of the country, thus reducing the proportion natives to non natives.

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  5. 6
    Guy Ropes says:

    I replied “blah, blah” to one of my partner’s texts one day and was told bed rations would be severely limited if that’s what I thought of her sweet words. “No hun”, I pleaded, “You ain’t down wiv da yoof, babes. Dat mean ‘Big Love and Hugs’. Bin cool since.

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  6. 7
    Dave "Butch" Cameron says:

    Ravi Shankar has died….. But his name lives on.. As rhyming slang.

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  7. 10
    Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

    I’ve already read the DM, Telegraph (ex-Torygraph) and HuffPo this morning on-line. Why go out into the cold and buy The Times like I always used to till earlier on this year. In any case I don’t have to buy my fags till later.

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    • 55
      Matron Miller says:

      The latest technological advance from Merseyside – stealing bandwidth from Manchester?

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    • 76
      enver dodge says:

      Margaret Hodge MP – Contrary to our report “Hodge faces challenge over family firm’s taxes” (Nov 20), Stemcor, in which Ms Hodge has a small shareholding, has not abused transfer pricing to avoid tax. We accept that there is no inconsistency or hypocrisy in Ms Hodge criticising other companies for tax avoidance and apologise to her for any contrary impression.

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  8. 13
    Grumpy Old Man says:

    Losing a million a week. Good business practice this paywall thingy.

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  9. 16
    Janet Street Banger says:

    The Times

    “Website of the year”

    I luv it…

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  10. 19
    Jack says:

    Guido

    You know about these things…

    When all these rags become solely online operations

    How many hacks do they need to retain?

    Will the number of hacks be cut in half or more?

    It seems there will be a lot of bars and restaurants running out of expense account clients…

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    • 20
      Employment agency says:

      They will all become “private investigators”

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      • 27
        johnny says:

        I am thinking of enrolling at my local university to become a typeface compositor .

        In total the degree will cost me £156,000 over four years but the curriculum looks very interesting and the Admissions Tutor tells me I will be increasing my lifetime earnings by 997%.

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      • 85
        Anonymous says:

        as the world becomes secret
        .
        more and more investigation is gonna be required, just to stand still.
        be alert.

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        • 97
          XXxx says:

          PIs have to be licenced don’t they, with their record and reputations it would be a very brave official who grants them a licence

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    • 54
      He who no longer posts says:

      Just cut the hacks in half. We need something to chuck on the fire in this cold.

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  11. 22
    Gordon Brown says:

    Today I will be an absent dolly trolley

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    • 79
      Give us a cuddle, Chuck says:

      You dolly trolley is over there ====> parked next to your rocking horse (which needs a bit of a clean up too).

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  12. 23
    Operation Crossbow says:

    The Times and the Guardian still pay crazy wages to hundreds of staff yet lose millions. What I find amusing is both these lefty rags try to lecture the Government on how to stop wasting money or how to get the economy running again.

    Yet neither can balance their own books without a sugar daddy bailing them out.

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    • 26
      Uncle Rupie down under but not out says:

      I will pay all these hacks until I can get my own back on the Coalition for having hammered me publicly…

      And on the BBC……Just waiot to see all the vile I will produce on these kiddy fiddlers

      Then they will all be on the dole

      I hate the English

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      • 80
        Curly from Camden says:

        Go for it Rupe, we’ve already got the popcorn in.

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      • 89
        Anonymous says:

        secrets are forever.

        just as well neither murdoch or maxonthecliff are privy counsellors.

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        • 96
          Oh dear, I give up says:

          It’s Councillors, dimbo, ie members of the Privy Council.

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          • oddly helpful says:

            Fairly sure ‘counsellors’ is correct. Their job is to give private, confidential advice. To counsel on high matter of State to the Crown.

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          • An irate French pastry says:

            BBC – Democracy Live – Privy Councillors
            Privy Council members are called Privy Councillors. Membership includes all members of the cabinet past and present, the Speaker, the leaders of all major political parties.

            news.bbc.co.uk/democracylive/hi/guides/newsid_82000/… – Cached
            More results from news.bbc.co.uk »

            If you say so. I suspect that both are used for the reasons stated.

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  13. 24
    James Murdoch, fair and balanced says:

    I have had a brilliant businesss chool idea

    Why does Fox News not take out permanent ads in the Times to save the title…

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  14. 25
    nellnewman says:

    Sounds like a good idea. Are they going to get rid of the paywall as well? Whose bright idea was that anyway?

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  15. 29
    Empty Ed, the Justin Bieber of the Labour Party says:

    “Bieber castration murder plot foiled”

    Oh dear…

    Am I next on the list?

    I though all the teenies loved me…

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  16. 32
    GAYVID CAMERAON says:

    “The Times they are a changing”

    It’ll turn into the News of the World just like magic !

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  17. 33
    Kevin Pietersen will score 100 runs today says:

    Top tip: surprise guests wiping their feet by placing bubble wrap under your front door mat.

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  18. 34
    Must get a pseudonym one day says:

    Rupert’s three point plan…

    1) Consolidate
    2) Liquidate
    3) Evacuate

    So simple, even an Aussie could do it.

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    • 46
      Billionaire banker says:

      He and his family have already evacuated

      As you say, he now needs to consolidate and sell out to a Russian oligarch

      Simples as you say (as long as I take 10% on the way)

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  19. 35
    I don't nee d no doctor says:

    Shhhhhh it’s tiny tiny Margaret Hodge.

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  20. 36
    offshore person says:

    merge the times with the sun – no-one would feel a thing

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    • 39
      Finking Mefinks says:

      That seems an unnatural suggestion…

      A touch of incest and mixing of genders I would say

      Is it Lord Mandelson’s brilliant idea?

      Perhaps it is a sign of the Times…

      Oh dear…

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  21. 37
    Gérard Depardiouhoo says:

    Hello Guido

    Thanks for the coverage

    Would you like me to create another scaandale to double your clickies?

    Tell me your address and I will …tou know whattie…

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  22. 38
    Lost in Clacton says:

    There is a picture in the Daily Telegraph this morning of David Cameron outside Downing Street with what appears to be a light bulb above his head .

    I may be dreaming but i have a clear recollection of getting out of bed this morning.

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  23. 43
    Bring back our Totty says:

    Good monrnng Gwido

    Traffic slow this morning?

    Please give us some Totty to enliven our dreary day

    There must be some wife swapping or generalised buggery going on in these dark Times

    And whatever happened to that outbreak of Parliamentary venereal disease

    Did it just die an unnatuiral death like Parliament itself?

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    • 64
      Matron Miller says:

      I suggest some pics of the Eagles sisters. Just bumped into them at Widdis Wonderful Fashions buying a days supply of heavy duty razor blades.

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  24. 44
    Col. Nut says:

    Merging The Times with The Sun would create an interesting read and might tap a different market.

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  25. 49
    Steve Miliband says:

    Does the Daily Mail make money? Seems that it’s the paper everyone loves to hate

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  26. 51
    GAYVID CAMERAON says:

    Today i have given the go ahead for fracking gas extraction
    we can supply 25% of UK gas needs
    what i haven’t taken into account is that this gas is methane gas which is totally different to natural gas
    back in the 60’s we converted every home in Britain to natural gas , now we will have to convert them all back again
    but never mind at least i have my my friends Rupert and Cecil ‘s wedding to go to
    i think i’ll share a room with William to err keep the cost’s down

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    • 56
      Trolley Dolly's daughter Kate says:

      Not my Wills please

      He’s on paternity leave

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    • 61
      Petro Chemist says:

      You stupid plank. Natural gas is methane gas

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      • 66
        Alexsandr says:

        so is cow fart

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      • 71
        LE PETOMANE says:

        Try this simple experiment , Stick your fuckin big head in the oven , turn on your natural gas , after you have been in there for several hours go and stick in in one run on methane you will be dead in minutes ! (hopefully)

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        • 82
          Davey says:

          Look, when you are wrong it is best to stop digging.

          You are making the understandable mistake of confusing methane gas (natural gas) which is also found in coal mines with coal gas also known as town gas which is a distillate from the dialing process.

          Before we went to natural gas (methane gas) which is odourless and non toxic we used town gas which is toxic and stinks to high heaven.

          The problem with Methane is that it was difficult to detect until it exploded, hence the canary in a cage down a mine.

          So please just learn and accept you are wrong. Natural gas is another name for methane, full stop.

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          • Gissa Light Pal says:

            .. which explains why they had to stick that stinky stuff in it before it left the works – so you would know you have left the gas tap on before you blow the entire neighbourhood up.

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          • Airey Belvoir says:

            A couple of years ago gas leaks were suddenly being reported all over East Suffolk. Much panic until it was found that some twat had accidentally dropped a tank of the smelly additive at Felixstowe docks.

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    • 70
      TOO FAR says:

      Err… natural gas is mostly methane Should have paid attention at skooll!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • 94
      well who would have guessed says:

      Please tell us what fkin planet you have been living on, while your at readjusting can you check what “natural gas” consists of, another lefty plank thinking hard, thought it was TwAT but he shines a bit brighter than Gayvid.

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    • 98
      Mr Methane says:

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  27. 52
    Oy Vey says:

    Not like you to defend Murdoch

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  28. 62
    The Internet Generation says:

    Who? What? Eh?

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  29. 65
    A boxing commentator says:

    Who does Lupert think he’s going to scare by waving his fist at them?

    Now if it had been Wen Di’s left hook that was being threatened…………………

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  30. 68
    More supplements than Jonny Spelman's diet. says:

    Haven’t read the ST since the late seventies. Do you still need a wheel barrow to carry it back from the paper van?

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    • 103
      Living in 96.98 percent white Merseyside says:

      I stopped reading the ST about 1990. It reduced my paper boy’s load by 50%

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  31. 72
    Doris Goldblatt says:

    So KP didn’t score a ton then ?

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  32. 92
    well who would have guessed says:

    I don’t buy newspapers, the papers always push the same rubbish as the tv channels, the rubbish changes as their masters change the views on what has been ordered by LibLbCon and the EU, the days of finding out who is sucking whose toe, has long gone, as they can’t offend anyone now, in case they accidently tell the truth

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  33. 101
    god says:

    Rupert owns both papers and can do what he wants with them. Quite right that he should!

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  34. 107
    fitzfitz says:

    The then Identity of the Sunday Times has long since disappeared … ditto with the Times.

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