Sarah Palin back at Fox News

Sarah Palin is rejoining Fox News Channel.

The network said Thursday that the former Republican vice presidential candidate has signed on as a contributor to Fox and the Fox Business Network. Her first appearance is scheduled for Monday on the “Fox & Friends” morning show — on the same day CNN is premiering a morning show to great fanfare.

Fox and Palin parted ways in January after she had worked there for three years as a contributor. They had talked about renewing their contract, but it didn’t happen. Money may have been a factor: Palin was signed for a reported $1 million a year when she originally joined Fox less than two years after being John McCain’s running mate.

Rupert Murdoch files for divorce

News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce from Wendi Deng Murdoch, his wife since 1999, citing a breakdown in the relationship. The matter doesn’t alter the succession plan for the media company, which the 82-year-old founder controls through a family trust.

Murdoch filed a one-page document Thursday indicating that he was opening a divorce case in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan.

A sealed document with the filing says, “the relationship between the husband and wife has broken down irretrievably,” according to a person familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the matter was personal.

Connecting with fans doesn’t worry Swift

Taylor Swift shares her feelings and personal experiences on her hit records, but the 23-year-old Grammy winner isn’t worried about losing intimacy with her fans on a stadium tour.

“I find that you have to emote a little bigger, but you can reach all the way up to the top,” she said. “Eye contact is important, even if it’s from 500 yards away.”

Swift said she’s never worried about the sound being lost in a massive space. With a few shows already under her belt, she feels they’ve gone pretty well.

She recently embarked on her RED tour of North America. Later this fall, she’ll perform in Australia and New Zealand.

Wire reports