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Jury out on how Murdoch would run WSJ

NEW YORK, June 23 (UPI) -- Opinions vary as to how British media mogul Rupert Murdoch would run the Wall Street Journal if he succeeds in buying the venerable U.S.newspaper.

Murdoch's unsolicited $5 billion bid for Dow Jones, the Journal's parent company, gained ground after the Bancroft family, which controls Dow Jones, sought assurances that a Murdoch-owned Journal would remain editorially independent.

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The family Friday gave Murdoch's News Corp. a plan for an editorial board to act as a buffer between the Journal and Murdoch, the Washington Post reported Saturday. Many journalists consider Murdoch to be unacceptably intrusive in his journalism and media operations.

Times of London editor Robert Thomson said Murdoch does not meddle with the Times' editorial content. The Times has a written agreement with Murdoch not to interfere editorially.

Murdoch's tabloids, which include London's Sun and the New York Post, do not have a similar agreement.

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