January 5, 1995
The chairman and the vice chairman of the company that owns the grocery store tabloids National Enquirer and The Star have expressed an interest in buying the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and keeping the franchise local.Peter Callahan, chairman of the Enquirer/Star Group Inc., and Michael Boylan, vice chairman, met yesterday with Steve Story, one of three trustees brokering the sale of the team for the estate of late owner Hugh Culverhouse.Callahan and Boylan, who are exploring the purchase as private investors, not on behalf of their company, join a long list of potential suitors, including Orioles managing partner Peter Angelos.
July 22, 2011
As the scandal that sunk Rupert Murdoch's News of the World continued to unfold last week, one of the questions that loomed was whether there would be any fallout on this side of the Atlantic. What most American analysts were wondering was whether evidence would show that employees in Britain or at one of Murdoch's U.S. properties like the New York Post had hacked into the voice mails of family members or victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — or paid off police for information on celebrities and others here or abroad.
September 4, 1997
Some of us still recall a woman named Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who was the Princess Diana of her day. In my misspent youth, I worked for one of the British newspapers when the world's paparazzi were chasing Jackie and trying to catch her in some dreadful act of being human.Back then, Rupert Murdoch had just bought the London Sun and turned it into a tabloid, and must have been doing cartwheels when Jackie tried to sneak out of a New York movie theater but found a photographer named Ron Galella waiting for her.The movie she'd just seen was called "I Am Curious Yellow."
September 7, 1997
GOD BLESS Rabbi Martin Siegel. The Columbia clergyman's heart was in the right place last week when he asked supermarket chains to remove tabloids from their checkout counters.Rabbi Siegel argues, as many do, that tabloid exploitation of celebrities was responsible for Princess Diana's tragic death. He wants to remove these scandal sheets from the public's consciousness by convincing stores to hide them.Shoppers who delight in celebrity gossip would have to search the aisles for their weekly fix, if the rabbi has his way.Rabbi Siegel, who led the Columbia Jewish Congregation for 25 years, says Princess Diana's death brings a "window of opportunity" for change, and he intends to take advantage.
November 28, 1993
Eddie Clontz knows what people like to read about.1) UFOs.2) Monsters.3) Things found in jungles.4) Biggest things in the world, littlest things in the world (tongues, babies, etc.).Like the circus sideshows of P. T. Barnum, the 48-page Weekly World News, published from Lantana, Fla., has clearly rediscovered the American fascination with the grotesque, the outrageous and the bizarre.For 85 cents an issue, available at the grocery checkout line each Monday, readers get a glimpse of the space aliens, live dinosaurs and other miracles that fail to landscape their own dreary lives.
July 12, 1999
MEXICO CITY -- Police-shooters, baby-stealers, wife-beaters and thugs of every stripe brandish pistols, knives and, in the case of one cross-dressing rapist, a tube of pink lipstick.Such are the unlikely stars of "Duro y Directo" ("Tough and Direct"), the latest in a series of Mexican television tabloids that have become hits through their gritty coverage of this country's crime crisis.But as the shows' popularity has grown, so has the controversy surrounding them. Next week, Mexico's top broadcaster will scrap "Duro y Directo" after an appeal from President Ernesto Zedillo.