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May 24, 2013
17:26 EDTNWSANews Corp. to take $1.2B-$1.4B charge in Q4 related to publishing segment
On May 24, News Corporation disclosed in a regulatory filing that it concluded that certain of its goodwill and intangible assets were potentially impaired and that it expects to record a pre-tax non-cash impairment charge in the range of $1.2B-$1.4B in Q4 related to its publishing segment. The company tests goodwill for impairment on an annual basis in Q4 and at other times if a significant event or change in circumstances indicates that it is more likely than not that the fair value of these assets has been reduced. During Q4, the Company adjusted its future outlook and related strategy principally with respect to the Australian publishing business and secondarily with respect to the U.S. publishing businesses which resulted in a reduction in expected future cash flows. As a result, the company determined that the fair value of these reporting units declined below their respective carrying values and expects to record an impairment charge in the quarter. Additionally, goodwill and intangible assets in the publishing segment continue to be at risk for future impairment.
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September 17, 2014
17:48 EDTNWSANews Corp opposed Google EC settlement offer
Early last week, in a letter to European Commissioner for Competition Joaquín Almunia, News Corp (NWS, NWSA) CEO Robert Thomson opposed Google’s (GOOG) settlement offer with the European Commission, or EC, saying the internet giant is “willing to exploit its dominant market position to stifle competition.” Thomson said News Corp also opposed the proposed five year term of a settlement, noting that “five years is an eternity in internet time.” Citing Google’s “egregious aggregation” of content, Mr. Thomson said that, along with serious commercial damage, there is a “profound social cost” to Google’s actions. “The internet should be a canvas for freedom of expression and for high quality content of enduring value. Undermining the basic business model of professional content creators will lead to a less informed, more vexatious level of dialogue in our society.” "Your decision to reconsider Google's settlement offer comes at a crucial moment in the history of the free flow of information and of a healthy media in Europe and beyond," Mr. Thomson wrote.
September 10, 2014
11:04 EDTNWSANews Corp says can not predict future of advertising in U.S., UK
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