Blame MacKenzie, blame Murdoch: but don’t blame the subs – Simon McEnnis

21 04 2017

Kelvin MacKenzie has been suspended as a Sun columnist for an opinion piece in which he referred to Everton footballer Ross Barkley – who has a Nigerian grandfather – as a “gorilla”. MacKenzie also used the column to imply that the only wealthy people in Liverpool – other than footballers – are drug dealers. The Conversation Read the rest of this entry »





Murdoch’s access to British prime minister shows media power still in hands of the few – Des Freedman and Justin Schlosberg

8 02 2017

In 1996, when the web was in its infancy, the American technology writer Nicholas Negroponte predicted that the coming digital revolution would facilitate a “cottage industry of information and entertainment providers”. Read the rest of this entry »





Ian Hislop is right: Murdoch’s cosy relationship with Tories should be investigated

1 11 2016

The reciprocal closeness in the relationship between journalism and power is a prominent feature of British political history. In times of war or national crisis, media organisations are expected more often than not to behave as if they were an arm of government – but, for the newspapers of Rupert Murdoch, this close relationship seems to have become business as usual, whoever is living in Number 10. And the willingness of various governments to yield to Rupert Murdoch’s news empire has been exhaustively documented. Read the rest of this entry »





Did Murdoch Win? – Martin Hickman

30 10 2015

murdoch564Let’s freeze-frame the moment. It’s 2.39pm on a July day in 2011 and the world’s most powerful media magnate is atoning. In front of British MPs, his wife, his PR advisers, and a global TV audience, Rupert Murdoch says: “This is the most humble day of my life.” Read the rest of this entry »





Beyond Parody, Mackenzie and Murdoch cast themselves as consumer champions – Brian Cathcart

16 01 2015

kelvinmackenzieKelvin MacKenzie and Rupert Murdoch have taken an initiative that is beyond parody: they have set up a consumer complaint website whose aim, according to the former Sun editor, is ‘to force companies and politicians to do the right thing’. Read the rest of this entry »





Mazher Mahmood, Murdoch, and the NCA – The Regular Contributor

10 11 2014

fakesheikh-230x150‘Why don’t the police chase proper criminals instead?’‘They should be out catching paedos and looking at dodgy blue chip firms not journalists just doing their job’ Paraphrasing an often heard criticism, the view is that police priorities are all skewed. And they’ve got a good point. Read the rest of this entry »





Why Rupert Murdoch’s plan to rule the media world still needs newspapers more than TV – Justin Schlosberg

2 08 2014

rupert-murdochRupert Murdoch’s latest bid for empire expansion has fallen on deaf ears. His offer to buy Time Warner for US$80 billion was resoundingly rejected by the owners of CNN, HBO and Warner Brothers. But despite the setback, Murdoch’s apparent willingness to sell off CNN to satisfy regulators (should a bid be accepted by Time Warner) reveals something significant about how he values news assets. Read the rest of this entry »