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December 16, 2006

Fired by a Capitalist - McScrooge Cans Judith Regan

posted by MR WAVETHEORY at 12/16/2006 06:58:00 PM
Mr. McScrooge, Rupert Murdoch, has canned Judith Regan just in time for the holidays. Judith Regan was the 'ol lady behind the O.J. Simpson tell-all, confession, "If I Did It". It was a much awaited stocking stuffer until Daddy Murdoch decided to pull the book. I had placed an order for 100 of these books online in anticipation of the release, but alas received none. I even scoured the airport bookstores too! The book was pulled due to reader protest on Amazon.com. News Corporation (NYSE NWS) got a lot of flack for the hot OJ Simpson confession.

New Corp.'s HarperCollins Worldwide publishing unit has severed its relationship with high-profile publisher Judith Regan, who had spearheaded the would-be publication of O.J. Simpson's book, "If I Did It," several news outlets reported late Friday.
News Corp. on Nov. 20 canceled publication of a book by the former football star on the June 1994 murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, and canceled a planned television interview with Simpson.
At the time, News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch took the unusual step of issuing a public apology amid the onslaught of negative publicity over the project. See earlier story.
There were no reasons given for Regan's firing, the news reports indicated, which cited a brief statement issued late Friday by HarperCollins. HarperCollins, a subsidiary of News Corporation, plans to continue to operate the Regan book-publishing unit, the news reports added.

That's a holiday gift I'm sure Judy will remember. Maybe she can land a gig with Mel Karmazin at Sirius Satellite Radio, Inc. (Nasdaq SIRI) like Howard Stern.

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