media en Favorite to lead Hong Kong, Henry Tang, blames wife in underground palace scandal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> "It was my wife's idea," says HK chief executive candidate of illegal 2,000 foot basement. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hélène Hofman </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The man tipped to be Hong Kong&#39;s next Chief Executive, Henry Tang, has tearfully&nbsp;blamed his wife, after an illegally-built basement found at their house prompted a media frenzy.</p> <p> <a href="">AFP says</a>&nbsp;local tabloids described the&nbsp;basement&nbsp;as a 2,000 foot&nbsp;&#39;underground palace&#39; with a theater, a gym, a Japanese-style bath and&nbsp;a wine cellar.</p> <p> On Thursday, shortly after rumours of the basement surfaced, journalists and protesters descended on&nbsp;the civil servant&#39;s&nbsp;home, <a href="">BBC&#39;s&nbsp;China correspondant reported</a>.</p> <p> <a href="http:// <a href="" title=""></a> ">Bloomberg&nbsp;describes a chaotic scene, with photographers and cameramen using cranes to capture pictures of the basement through a glass-bottomed swimming pool.</p> <p> On Friday, Tang (59)&nbsp;convened a press conference, and announced he would not be withdrawing his candidacy over the scandal.</p> <p> &quot;I apologise to all Hong Kong people,&quot; he reportedly said.&nbsp; &quot;It was my wife&#39;s idea and I knew they were illegal. Since we were experiencing a low ebb in our marriage...I did not handle the matter swiftly. I take full responsibility for the incident.&quot;</p> <p> His wife of 27 years, Lisa Kuo Yu-chin, also addressed reporters, with the&nbsp;<a href=";art_id=119828&amp;sid=35451367&amp;con_type=3">Hong Kong&#39;s&nbsp;<em>Standard&nbsp;</em>saying</a> she &#39;spilled tears of regret&#39;, explaining that she had wanted to provide a comfortable living environment for her family.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Henry Tang Hong Kong media Asia-Pacific China Weird Wide Web Fri, 17 Feb 2012 09:26:00 +0000 Hélène Hofman 5692180 at German paper Bild takes topless women off front page "It might be a small step from women's point of view. But it's a big step for Bild and for all the men in Germany," the paper said in its front-page announcement today – which appeared under a shot of a model cupping her naked breasts, with the caption: "I am the last."<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> media Women's rights Europe Germany United Kingdom Fri, 09 Mar 2012 14:34:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5695379 at Hollywood trade magazine 'Variety' put up for sale Variety, Hollywood's most famous trade magazine is up for sale.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment media Business Entertainment Sun, 25 Mar 2012 01:15:24 +0000 Alexander Besant 5697569 at Gawker hires Fox News employee to spy <p> Gossip news website Gawker said Tuesday that it had hired a mole within Fox News to deliver reports anonymously on the behind-the-scenes workings of the right-leaning network.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> media Social Media Business United States Tue, 10 Apr 2012 21:32:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5699936 at Rupert Murdoch goes on the offensive This time, Murdoch and his family appear to have turned on the British establishment, pressuring Prime Minister David Cameron, and putting a key minister in the spotlight over a controversial business deal. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Companies media Political Risk United Kingdom Thu, 26 Apr 2012 10:00:00 +0000 Barry Neild 5701848 at Letters from London: Listening in on Murdoch hearings LONDON — I knew the Australian-American was a titanic figure in modern business history, but by the time the first day's session was over it became clear he is much more than that. Murdoch is arguably the single most important figure in British public life over the last 35 years. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Companies media Political Risk United Kingdom Thu, 26 Apr 2012 16:12:20 +0000 Michael Goldfarb 5702003 at HIV/AIDS: A turning point in coverage? <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Newsrooms have been bustling with discussion of HIV/AIDS this week, as the United States prepares to host the International AIDS Conference in Washington, DC. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Charlie Feinberg </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><style type="text/css"> #page .lead-media-photo { margin-right:10px; }</style><p>Newsrooms have been bustling with discussion of HIV/AIDS this week, as the United States prepares to host the International AIDS Conference for the first time in more than 20 years. Coverage of HIV/AIDS has swept across the country in the past few days, bringing light to a topic that the media has often kept in the dark.</p> <p>Here are some recent articles.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Health HIV USA HIV/AIDS media Health Global Pulse GroundTruth GlobalPost Blogs Mon, 09 Jul 2012 21:40:00 +0000 Charlie Feinberg 5711094 at Mexican election protesters now claiming media corruption If you've been in the Zócalo in Mexico City the past few days, chances are you've bumped into some angry Mexicans. Don't blame it on any of your missteps though, Mexicans are angry at something much more important — they believe their election, resulting in a win for Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) candidate Enrique Peña Nieto, is a fraud. <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Enrique Peña Nieto media Mexican election Protests Americas Business Mexico Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:50:00 +0000 Samuel Blackstone, Business Insider 5711763 at Rethinking virtual violence Some have wrung their hands since last week’s shooting in Colorado about the need to force gun-control laws on our gun-happy society. Much less is said about the glorification of violence in our movies, video games and other pop culture.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Aurora shooting Colorado media violence Chatter United States Wed, 25 Jul 2012 20:00:00 +0000 Gregory Feifer 5713234 at South Korean, Chinese papers fall for The Onion's Kim Jong Un spoof There are still people who don't know The Onion writes satire.<p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kim Jong Un media North Korea China South Korea Weird Wide Web Tue, 27 Nov 2012 16:19:00 +0000 Jessica Phelan 5727273 at Russia Today chases ratings with controversy <p style="line-height: 20px; ">MOSCOW &mdash; When a handful of people first set up camp in New York&#39;s Zuccotti Park in September 2011 to protest &ldquo;corporate greed&rdquo; on Wall Street, only a handful of journalists showed up to report on them. Among the news organizations on the scene was RT, the Kremlin-backed English-language satellite channel.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 20px; ">It produced the kind of reporting that&rsquo;s become a hallmark of the channel, enabling it to cultivate the image of an emerging source for alternative views. But does anyone believe it?</span></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Companies media World Leaders Entertainment Russia United States Thu, 20 Dec 2012 11:00:05 +0000 Jennifer Rankin 5729658 at