Sidney Harman Digital Harman Pulls Support From ‘Newsweek’ After audio equipment tycoon Sidney Harman died in April 2011, his widow Jane Harman stood at a podium before the Newsweek Daily Beast newsroom to publicly proclaim her family’s commitment to the joint venture that it owned with Barry Diller’s IAC. Digital Jane Harman’s Press Battles During her long political career, Jane Harman often took positions that clashed with free-press values. Now, Harman, 65, is the director of a major media outlet, as she takes the place of Sidney Harman at the Newsweek Daily Beast Co. Digital With Harman Gone, What’s Next for Newsweek? Struggling though it may be, Sidney Harman was deeply enthusiastic about his role as co-owner of Newsweek, and he said recently he was willing to spend $40 million on it. Digital Harman, Newsweek Buyer, Dead Add another odd twist to one of the most unlikely media stories of the past few years: Sidney Harman, an audio-equipment pioneer who burst on the scene last year when he bought Newsweek, died Tuesday at 92.