Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Murdoch's malign grip is broken - any good will be interred with his bones

Rupert Murdoch has been declared "not a fit person" to run a major international company in the Commons culture, media and sport select committee's damning report on the roles of the media magnate and son James in the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
The Murdoch era has had a malign influence on British life; its newspapers intimidating politicians, corrupting police, and all the while spewing bile. And that's before turning a wilfully blind eye to phone hacking allegations.
But it's not hard to see the viewpoint of the dissenting Tories on the committee. As MP Louise Mensch said the fitness amedment on Murdoch was "stuck in on the basis of no evidence presented to the committee whatsoever."
It's for the Ofcom watchdog to decide on the future of the News Corp stake in BSkyB once all the enquiries are at an end and the dust has settled.
But for the tragedy of Milly Dowler's murder and The Guardian's uncovering NoW reporters had hacked her phone, Murdoch might now own 100 per cent of the satellite broadcaster rather than hoping to hang on to his minority share.
Murdoch's reputation is in shreds and it is comforting to think his power - and that of his lieutenants - is broken.
History will not be kind. But it worth remembering that without Murdoch's willingness to take risks there would be no BSkyB giving viewers massive choice from its movie channels to Sky Arts - and in doing so providing the cash which makes the Premier League the best in the world.
The loss-making Times newspapers were probably saved because of Murdoch's fondness for printing ink.
The good is likely to be interred with his bones.

1 comment:

  1. Yes somebody on the committee, no doubt with half an eye on the future of Murdoch amongst his USA board, persuaded most of his/her colleagues to 'stick it to him'.


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