Browsing All posts tagged under »Rupert Murdoch«

Murdoch wins again

March 3, 2011


There are some bits of news that, no matter how unreasonable and unwanted, you just expect. So it was no surprise to wake up this morning and find that the Con-Dems had dealt a vicious and serious blow to the plurality of the media by allowing NewsCorp to complete its takeover of BSkyB. Forget all […]

A happy coalition christmas

December 23, 2010


In September, I asked on these pages whether Vince Cable was the most likely senior Lib Dem to fall foul of the coalition government and move to the backbenches, or even defect to Labour. In some respects, those questions have proved to be important ones, given Cable’s recent infidelities in declaring that he would be […]

Best not to bet on paywall success

April 1, 2010


It’s been one of the worst-kept secrets in journalism for months, but the Times newspaper has finally revealed the details of its paywall, which will come into effect from June. Anybody wishing to access the Times or the Sunday Times online will be required to pay £1 a day or £2 a week. The Sun […]

The Year of the Paywall?

January 27, 2010


We’re already pretty much 1/12 of the way through 2010, and there are no signs yet that this year is set to be, as the Economist predicted, ‘the year of the paywall’. Thank heavens for that, though there’s still a long way to go, of course. With numerous people within the media having been rumbling […]

Murdoch, moguls and democracy

January 2, 2010


The vast expanse of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire means millions of people across the world are reliant on it for their news, yet this responsibility is not one that Murdoch has ever taken seriously. My view is that the provision of news is crucial to any democracy, and therefore that the it should not be […]

Murdoch at it again

September 30, 2009


Most people of a political persuasion will remember, or at least be aware of, the 1992 claim that it was the Sun ‘what won’ the 1992 election for John Major’s Conservative Party. The campaign against Neil Kinnock is as infamous as it was vindictive, though I have my doubts whether or not a newspaper, even […]

Focus on the BBC

September 3, 2009


The BBC has been the subject of two excellent articles this week, though both approach the topic from different angles. Jonathan Freedland blogs on the importance of the Beeb as a national institution at, while the New Statesman’s Mehdi Hasan challenges oft-repeated claim that the BBC is left-leaning by nature. Both articles are, to […]