When Bloomberg quietly noted last week that Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. human resources department was inviting News of the World's nearly 300 laid-off employees to apply for other positions within the company, the report was rather matter-of-fact. Citing three unnamed sources, Bloomberg explained that the openings "included a materials manager for Fox News's theatrical departments in Siberia" and other positions around the world with Dow Jones, HarperCollins, Fox, and News International. The article ended with a disclaimer: "Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News, competes with News Corp. units in providing financial news and information."
Ah, the American press! The news has traveled across the pond today, and Murdoch's U.K. competitors are considerably more worked up about News Corp.'s offerings than their U.S. counterpart. The Guardian, which has been at the forefront of uncovering the phone-hacking scandal that shuttered News of the World, turns to the tabloid's disgruntled staff. The paper points out that the jobs News Corp. is offering are "largely at Dow Jones or are non-editorial jobs in IT, back office and commercial departments," with only six jobs--at The Sun and Fabulous magazine--that are "directly comparable" to what News of the World's 150 journalists were doing at the tabloid. "The idea that you would go from the News of the World to becoming an oil reporter for Dow Jones, a high end financial wire service, is laughable," one former employee explains. Another calls former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks's pledge to redeploy staff an "empty promise."