After attempts to stake a big claim in the digital arena via also-ran MySpace and the now-defunct The Daily newspaper, News Corp. is headed into the classroom. Its new Amplify Tablet computer designed specifically for schools is being unveiled at SWSWedu in Austin today. Geared towards the K-12 market, the tablet is aimed at transforming “the way teachers teach and students learn,” Joel Klein, CEO of News Corp.’s education division, Amplify, said. Klein has experience in the field: he headed the New York public school system before joining Rupert Murdoch’s company two years ago. Interest in digital learning is at a high and News Corp. is looking to tap into the dollars being spent on technology by U.S. schools. Tablets will come loaded with features that allow teachers to plan lessons, prepare quizzes, send assignments, share multimedia resources and manage their students’ devices. They’ll cost $299 per year per student for a WiFi-enabled device, when purchased with a two-year subscription at $99 per year. There’s also a 4G model for $349 with a $179/year annual subscription. (By comparison, the iPad2 costs $399.) Amplify execs expect a $180M operating loss for the first year, The New York Times reported.
News Corp. is forging ahead with the Amplify tablet as it continues to try and distance itself from its troubles in the UK. In 2010, News Corp. acquired a 90% stake in Wireless Generation, but later lost a contract to build a student data system for New York when the comptroller Read More »
Company watchers have been waiting to see what former Justice Department anti-trust chief and New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein will do at News Corp — when he isn’t helping Rupert Murdoch to manage his UK scandals. The partial answer, announced this morning, is a collaboration with AT&T to offer digital products for K-12 teachers, students and their parents. Although short on details, AT&T Mobility CEO Ralph de la Vega says they “plan to bring to market a 4G mobile tablet-based experience that we believe will significantly enhance teaching and learning.” Beginning in the upcoming school year, the companies say, AT&T will “provide 4G tablets, device management and technical services, and connectivity over the AT&T Wi-Fi network and AT&T 4G network.” Read More »
It’s been seven months since News Corp made the startling announcement that one of Rupert Murdoch’s closest allies, Lawrence Jacobs, would be stepping down as general counsel “to pursue new opportunities.” It was widely believed that Jacobs chafed at the presence of Joel Klein, who become a Murdoch confidant after a career in which he ran the Justice Department’s antitrust unit and New York City’s school system. Since Jacobs left, News Corp’s chief lawyer job has become much tougher with multiple investigations into the News Of The World hacking scandal. But with Gerson Zweifach, Murdoch has nabbed a well known and respected specialist in antifrust and First Amendment issues, with a client list that has included the National Enquirer and former New York Stock Exchange chief Richard Grasso. News International subsidiary board menber Janet Nova has been serving as interim general counsel since Jacobs left. Here’s the release about Zweifach’s appointment: Read More »
Grabiner’s committee will report to News Corp EVP Joel Klein, who was glued to Rupert Murdoch’s side at the recent Allen & Co retreat in Sun Valley. Here’s the company’s statement:
London, 18 July, 2011 – News Corporation today confirmed the formal establishment and extension of the mandate of the Management and Standards Committee (MSC) as an independent body outside of News International.
The MSC is also delighted to confirm the appointment of Lord Grabiner QC as its independent Chairman.
Lord Grabiner, 66, is a commercial lawyer who has more than 40 years of experience of high-profile litigation. In addition he is a well-known and widely-respected figure in the banking, finance, academic and business worlds.
The MSC will report directly to Joel Klein, Executive Vice President and News Corp Board director, who in turn will report to Viet Dinh, an independent director and Chairman of News Corp’s Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Both will update the News Corp Board of directors which has given the MSC its full support.
The extension of the MSC’s mandate will be confirmed in its Terms of Reference which will be published in due course.
Klein, who has previously held the position of Assistant Attorney General in the United States Department of Justice, said: “The extension of the MSC is the next step in dealing with the issues surrounding News International. It will co-operate fully with all authorities and also lay the foundation for future standards. It is therefore vitally important that it is independent and properly governed.
“We are very
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