Posts Tagged ‘BSkyB’

Leveson chain reaction will reach No.10

by Michael Meacher.

In typically British Establishment manner Adam Smith, chief of staff to Jeremy Hunt, fell on his sword but not before uttering the the ritual words required to exculpate his master: “the content and extent of my contact (with News International) was done without authorisation from the Secretary of State”. Pull the other one. For over […]

BSkyB and the banks are still putting up two fingers to Britain

by Michael Meacher.

Any idea that the humiliation of Murdoch has signalled the resurgence of regulatory and parliamentary power must be given short shrift. Two events today show how little has actually changed. It is almost incredible that James Murdoch received the unanimous support of the BSkyB board for continuing as chairman when he has acknowledged a major […]

Murdoch pays the price – News of the World to close

by Mark Seddon.

It was so ordained that James, rather than Rupert Murdoch, announced the closure of the News of the World, the 168 year old tabloid, after the presses roll this Sunday. He did so from New York, the city to which Rupert spirited him earlier this year, possibly already aware that leaving him in London would […]

Is it OK to hate News International again?

by David Osler.

Back in the late 1980s, it was official Labour policy for MPs to refuse interviews with News International publications. Not that ambitious young politicians, such as home affairs spokesperson Tony Blair, took any notice of the ban whatsoever, you understand. But it’s the thought that counts, right? Now that the full ugly reality of the […]

The day the worm turned against Murdoch

by Michael Meacher.

Yesterday’s debate in the House on phone-hacking was one of the most extraordinary I can remember. The wave of revulsion that swept through the chamber against the gratuitous callouness and cruelty of hacking the phones of the families of victims of murder and terrorism was without precedent in my memory. Both Cameron and Miliband repudiated […]

The myth of the free press

by Owen Jones.

It is a myth that we have a free press in this country. We have a press that is free of direct government control: that is certainly true. But, instead, the mainstream press is almost exclusively dominated by media barons with their own political agendas. The News of the World phone-hacking scandal is becoming grubbier […]

One man, one newspaper!

by Darrell Goodliffe.

Ed Miliband put in a good performance at Prime Ministers Questions today — calling for a halt to News International’s bid for control of BSkyB and for a full, independent public inquiry into the current river of sewage streaming out of the media’s biggest gutter in Wapping. Needless to say, these allegations that News of […]

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