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Sun On Sunday: what price success?

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 hasn’t got much hard news in it (It’s not the Sunday Times) 3. It’s too successful (Murdoch is taking over […]

February 27th, 2012|Journalism, Media|0 Comments|

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

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 delightful accents goes along the lines of “Why do you English have such a horrible down-market tabloid media that hacks […]


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

[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 headlines that said ‘humbled’. That is why they put the ‘most humble day’ line in for Rupert to read out […]

July 19th, 2011|Journalism, Media|1 Comment|

Phonehacking and Press Reforms: Beware Dangerous Dogs

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  ‘pets’. Are we about to make the same mistake with the press watchdogs? Few people doubt that British newspapers have […]


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

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.

July 7th, 2011|Journalism|2 Comments|

Sky News Saved: But What About The Bigger Picture?

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 with BSkyB rather than just the fate of one news channel.


Could a trust for Sky News actually reduce diversity?

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 of news in the UK?

March 2nd, 2011|Media, Research|1 Comment|

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

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 of  plurality. It first appeared on the LSE Media Policy Project blog.


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

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 ticket?]. But my instinct with the Newscorp BSkyB decision is that I could never imagine Jeremy Hunt standing up in […]

January 25th, 2011|Journalism, Media|0 Comments|

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

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 as the biggest broadcaster apart from the BBC AND the biggest owner of UK newspapers. The issue is currently with […]

December 15th, 2010|Journalism, Media, Research|4 Comments|