Tag Archives: News International

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 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 7 2011

The Boldest PR Move Of Modern Times? Murdoch Closes News of the World

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This is one of the most remarkable public relations moves of modern times. To close a massive profit-making business because it has become a reputational black hole is both bold and a gamble.

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Mar 3 2011

Sky News Saved: But What About The Bigger Picture?

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The Sky News deal is elegant in its ingenuity, but I doubt it will do enough to satisfy the critics of the full merger between Newscorp and BSkyB. Their fears were always about what Murdoch would go on to do … Continue reading

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Mar 2 2011

Could a trust for Sky News actually reduce diversity?

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The idea of putting Sky News into an independent trust looks the most likely solution for the problem facing Jeremy Hunt as he considers referring NewsCorp’s bid for a full merger with BSkyB. But could it actually reduce the diversity … Continue reading

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Feb 1 2011

What Can Murdoch Offer Hunt To Get His BSkyB Deal? (Guest blog)

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This blog by my colleague Damian Tambini sets out in detail the options for horse-trading between the Minister and Murdoch. But it also explores whether this is an opportunity for a broader settlement that seeks to address the wider problem … Continue reading

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Jan 25 2011

Hunt, Murdoch, Newscorp and BSkyB: A ‘brave’ decision?

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I don’t often make calls on big controversial decisions because I think my job is to observe and analyse, not gamble. It’s also because I am usually wrong [would you trust the judgement of someone with a West Ham season … Continue reading

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Dec 15 2010

The Newscorp/BSkyB decision: it's big & it's political

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With all the excitement about Julian Assange it’s easy to forget that another hugely divisive figure in global media is also facing a crucial judgement. Rupert Murdoch’s Newcorp wants a complete takeover of BSkyB which would help cement his position … Continue reading

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