Paper Monitor: And in other news

It's really not that interesting.

Readers would certainly prefer stories about car designers ignoring women, Prince William's Indian ancestry and social media causing passengers to miss their stops.

But for those interested in tittle tattle, The Times manages to find some space on page 13.

Its owner, Rupert Murdoch, and his wife of 14 years, Wendi Deng, are divorcing. There it is, they've said it.

"They have been leading separate lives for some time," it says. There's a prenuptial agreement and two postnuptials to smooth things along.

The paper notes that its billionaire proprietor is also involved in a more important split - the separation of News Corp into separate entertainment and publishing companies. "A News Corp source said that the divorce would not affect the company," it reports. Phew.

Another Murdoch paper, The Sun, is similarly level-headed, allocating three paragraphs at the bottom of page 11 - between a "France from £1" advert and a story about a swimmer being stung by a jellyfish.

Others find themselves unable to display similar restraint.

The couple's marriage on the yacht Morning Glory "reportedly caused ructions within Mr Murdoch's family, because it came just 17 days after he finalised his divorce from [previous wife] Anna", the Daily Mail reminds us.

Miss Deng is likely to be okay after the break. She's the feisty one who slapped a protester who threw a shaving foam pie at her husband during a Commons hearing, it points out.

And there could be money involved. "The global tycoon, said to be worth £7bn, paid a record £1.08bn in his divorce with... Anna," notes the Daily Mirror.

The episode adds "personal turmoil to the most turbulent era in the billionaire media tycoon's 60-year career", says the Daily Telegraph.

Still there's no need to feel sorry for the 82-year-old, with biographer Michael Wolff relaying Wendi Deng's previous comments on Rupert's reaction to problems. "He makes a decision and it's over. He feels bad for a day and forgets about it."

And, as analyst Brett Harriss tells The Independent: "Given that it's his third wife, I see it as unlikely that he didn't plan for this contingency."

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