Tag Archives: Murdoch

Nov 2 2012

British culture versus corrupt companies: the battle for media plurality (guest blog)

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The major threat to the quality of media today isn’t the economy or trust – it’s plurality. That’s the view of top analyst Claire Enders, given in her Polis Media Agenda Talk. Polis intern Gideon Reid reports. Claire Enders began … Continue reading

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May 1 2012

Murdoch and the Media Committee: a political battle

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The Media Select Committee report on its phone-hacking investigation is tougher than I expected and very pointed. It is difficult to see why anyone would think well of the Murdochs as media proprietors after reading it.  Tom Watson’s typically determined bid to … Continue reading

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Apr 29 2012

New Media’s Mid-Life Crisis (thoughts from four sessions at the Perugia International Journalism Festival #IFJ12

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New media is entering middle age. We’ve all dropped the ‘new’ bit and instead talk about ‘social’ and ‘semantic’ as Web 3.0 becomes reality. Yet while digital communications are triumphing and networked journalism blossoms in this media mid-life, we are … Continue reading

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Feb 27 2012

Sun On Sunday: what price success?

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There has been a paradoxical series of responses to the Sun on Sunday’s highly successful launch, especially from more liberal commentators. These seem to break down into: 1. It’s too bland (it’s not the News of the World) 2. It … Continue reading

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Jul 24 2011

WikiLeaks: Making Life Difficult (Summer School Guest Blog)

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This report is by Polis Summer School student Felicia Oschmann. Apart from several photographs of Julian Assange entering the Royal Court of Justice in London during the course of the last weeks, the media’s attention seems to have slipped away … Continue reading

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Jul 22 2011

Rupert Murdoch at Polis, LSE – New Event July 28th

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OK, I lied in that headline. But at least I didn’t listen in on your voicemail. It’s not Rupert himself. Though I would be more than happy to give him or any member of his family or anyone from Newscorp … Continue reading

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Jul 20 2011

Why does Britain have such a popular, political and aggressive tabloid press?

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During the phonehacking scandal I have been doing a lot of international media interviews. That’s because the LSE is a very global brand and, well, I do run an international media think-tank. One question that keeps being repeated in various … Continue reading

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Jul 19 2011

James and Rupert Murdoch: humbled but not defeated (so far)

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[This was my instant response to the hearings - a good analysis is provided by the man who has done most to pursue the phonehacking scandal - Nick Davies of the Guardian] It was clear that Newscorp were looking for … Continue reading

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Jul 17 2011

Phonehacking and Press Reforms: Beware Dangerous Dogs

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Back in 1991 a Conservative government rushed out legislation in response to a sudden spate of Pit Bull attacks on people. 20 years on and there are more dodgy canines than ever and regular incidents of children mauled by these … Continue reading

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Jul 15 2011

Phone hacking: is it time to get tough on the press? (guest blog on POLIS debate)

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Polis’s public debate on the phone-hacking scandal “Is it time to get tough on the press?” – highlighted a central tension for British journalists going forward in the days since News of the World shut down, Trisha Audette reports. At … Continue reading

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