Morning Media Newsfeed: Murdoch to Divorce | Interns Sue Condé Nast | Palin Returns to Fox

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Rupert Murdoch Files for Divorce, Won’t Affect News Corp Split (Deadline Hollywood)
News Corp Chairman/CEO Rupert Murdoch filed for divorce from wife Wendi Deng Murdoch Thursday morning in New York State Supreme Court, Deadline learned at 9 a.m. The divorce will not impact Rupert’s mega-media holdings, according to insiders, and was deliberately announced for maximum transparency before News Corp spins off its publishing assets into a separately traded company by June 28. WSJ Nearly all of the Murdoch family’s voting stock — a block of 38.4 percent — is held through the Murdoch Family Trust, whose beneficiaries are Rupert’s six children. It is likely that a prenuptial agreement makes it impossible for Wendi to obtain voting shares in the company in the event of a divorce, an attorney familiar with New York laws said. The attorney added that a New York judge would probably not award her any stock in court, as New York courts generally don’t keep people as partners in business when they can’t stay partners in marriage. TVNewser The couple married in 1999, 17 days after Rupert’s divorce from his second wife was finalized. They have two daughters together: Grace, 11, and Chloe, 9. Wendi, who is the chief of strategy for MySpace in China, famously slapped a man who attempted to attack Rupert during his testimony in front of a British Parliament committee about phone-hacking at his London newspapers. NY Mag / Daily Intelligencer For years, it seemed apparent to Rupert’s lieutenants that he was living a separate life from Wendi and was OK with it. Wendi, for her part, seemed happy, too. Wendi reinvented herself as an alpha mom and Hollywood personality, striking up friendships with a diverse circle that included Sergey Brin and Nicole Kidman. THR A spokesperson for former British prime minister Tony Blair flatly denied media rumors that Wendi was romantically involved with him. FishbowlNY Is a new, future ex-Mrs. Murdoch just around the corner?

Condé Nast Faces Suit From Interns Over Wages (NYT)
Two former interns filed a lawsuit against Condé Nast on Thursday, saying the company failed to pay them minimum wage at their summer jobs at W Magazine and The New Yorker, and asked that it be approved as a class-action suit. Lauren Ballinger, who worked as an intern at W Magazine in 2009, and Matthew Leib, an intern at The New Yorker in 2009 and 2010, said in the suit that Condé Nast, which owns the magazines, paid them less than $1 an hour. TheWrap According to the suit, Ballinger was paid $12 per day regardless of the number of hours worked. Leib, meanwhile, was paid $300 to $500 for two internships in 2009 and 2010, the complaint says. Leib worked three days a week during each internship, working from approximately 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the first internship and 11 a.m. to 6 or 7 p.m. in the second. The lawsuit seeks to recover unpaid wages, interest and attorneys’ fees and costs for any interns who worked in the fashion, accessories and fine jewelry departments of Condé Nast’s magazine between June 13, 2007 and the date of a final judgment.

Don’t Misunderestimate Her: Sarah Palin Returns to Fox (Daily Beast)
Former Alaska governor and professional maverick Sarah Palin will be returning to Fox News as on-air contributor, the network announced Thursday. “I’ve had several conversations with governor Palin in the past few weeks about her rejoining Fox News as a contributor,” said Fox News CEO Roger Ailes in a statement. “I have great confidence in her and am pleased that she will once again add her commentary to our programming. I hope she continues to speak her mind.” The Atlantic Wire The relationship between Palin and Fox slowly went downhill after she became a contributor in 2009. Palin warred with fellow Fox contributor Karl Rove in the summer of 2011 because he objected to her delay in announcing whether she’d run for president. Eventually, she gave an exclusive interview to radio host Mark Levin — not Fox — when she opted out. TVNewser After she left, Palin tested the TV waters in New York and Hollywood, and found interest from other networks, someone familiar with her decision says. Ultimately, however, Fox News offered the best deal in terms of salary and exposure. Palin is said to have some flexibility to pursue outside projects, similar to the TLC reality series Sarah Palin’s Alaska that aired in 2010. It isn’t clear how Palin’s new deal with Fox compares to her original FNC deal, which was believed to be worth seven figures. Mediaite She will make her first return appearance on Fox & Friends Monday, June 17.