Murdoch tweets: ‘No one controls the media or will ever again’

Robservations on the media beat:

  • During the brief time Rupert Murdoch owned the Chicago Sun-Times in the 1980s and in all the years since, he's never spoken to me. But on Saturday, he tweeted. It started with a tweet I posted Friday night about the media mogul’s reported interest in buying the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times. That prompted a man in Merseyside, England, named Robby Faulkner to tweet: “I think you control enough of the media don't you think Rupert?” In response to Faulkner and me, Murdoch wrote from his personal Twitter account (346,817 followers): “haven't you heard of the Internet? No one controls the media or will ever again.” His News Corp. issued an official denial of talks to buy the two newspapers, but Murdoch added to the speculation with his presence in Chicago. Just two days before his message to me, he tweeted: “In Windy City, Chicago. What a truly great metropolis. Great challenges, but great people,” followed by: “Maybe Rahm Emanuel will make great mayor of this city. Real sob, just what needed to face great challenges.”

  • Steve Dahl, whose subscription podcast network recently marked its one-year anniversary, has been filling in alongside Roe Conn whenever co-host Richard Roeper is away from their afternoon show on Cumulus Media news/talk WLS-AM (890). So why didn't Dahl show up when Roeper was out all last week? "I think there are a lot of people out there who don't subscribe to the podcast because they think they can 'wait me out,'" Dahl told me. "I don't want to give anyone the false impression that I am EVER coming back to radio. I thought filling in for a week might have done that." But he confirmed that he will be back on WLS October 29 and 30. "I love being on with Roe, but after two days of constant interruptions for traffic, news and commercials, my faith in my choice to podcast is always restored and rejuvenated," he added. All of which is cool with Conn, who said: "I believe him when he says he's never coming back to terrestrial radio. I know Steve's really focused on building his own pod-net and he should because it's really good. He's at his best on the podcast because he's completely uninhibited."

  • Speaking of podcasts, it’s over and out for The Morning Drive Podcast on WBEZ-FM (91.5). Friday marked the farewell edition of the daily news roundup on A Chicago Public Media spokesman said the podcast was discontinued because downloads had declined substantially. WBEZ’s web group, now led by Tim Akimoff, is looking to launch a new early morning product in January. “Given the audience decline, it made sense to reallocate staff time that had been dedicated to producing the podcast,” the spokesman said.

  • Leave it to Chet Coppock to include himself on a list of Chicago’s best sports anchors in the last 30 years. “You may remember the portly former Indianapolis anchor who arrived in Chicago in 1980, anchored three-plus years at Channel 5,” Coppock says of himself on his video blog. “He was flamboyant, he was energized, he was unorthodox. He had one problem: He couldn’t keep is mouth shut.” Others on his list: Mark Giangreco, Tim Weigel, Bruce Roberts (who died in 1981 — more than 30 years ago), Rich King, Lou Canellis and Corey McPherrin. He also gives a shout-out to Comcast SportsNet Chicago’s Pat Boyle. Coppock apparently still holds a grudge against Johnny Morris, who retired in 1992. Explaining his exclusion from the list, Coppock says: “If Johnny Morris hadn’t worn No. 47 for George Halas and the Chicago Bears, he couldn’t have gotten a job anchoring sports in Dubuque, Iowa.” Stay classy, Chet.

  • Nicole Darin, who’s been a free-lance anchor/reporter at Comcast SportsNet Chicago for only a few months, may be leaving the job she once called “a dream come true” and heading east. Nothing is official yet, but she’s expected to join Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, based in Bethesda, Maryland. A New York native and graduate of the University of Colorado, Darin previously worked as a sports anchor and reporter at WTSP-TV in Tampa, Florida, WBTV-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina, and KRDO-TV in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

  • Great news for fans of Tom Taylor, the radio industry’s most respected and experienced reporter and analyst. After a brief hiatus, he’s about to return with a new free-subscription daily newsletter, Tom Taylor Now. The former editor of Inside Radio and M Street Daily, Taylor most recently was executive news editor of Chicago-based He’s been on hiatus since the publication merged last August with Michael Harrison’s Talkers magazine. (Here’s the link to sign up for Tom Taylor Now.)


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