Posts Tagged ‘News of the World’

The Day the Sky fell on Murdoch

July 14, 2011

Shame on politicians that courted Murdoch for decades, and in one week decided he should be stoned. — Paulo Coelho

Yesterday was the day the Sky fell in on Murdoch.

For at least a decade Murdoch has had a corrosive and toxic influence on British culture and politics. Yesterday was the day his creatures, the fawning politicians, lost their fear and turned on him.

Ten days ago it was a foregone conclusion that the Murdoch-controlled News Corporation, the world’s largest media conglomerate after Disney, would sieze control of BSkyB. It was all done and dusted, all that remained was for Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt MP to rubber-stamp the deal.

Yesterday, Wednesday 13 July 2011, was the day fawning politicians lost their fear of Murdoch. They were his creatures, but they turned on him. It was their Tahrir moment.

The House of Commons were unanimous, Murdoch should not be allowed to take control of BSkyB. Murdoch pre-empted the debate by pulling out of the deal, but it made no difference.

Politicians may think they took the lead. They did not. The lead was taken by the people, all the politicians did was follow. But that is how it should be in a democracy.

The revolt was organised on twitter with the hashtag #notw

News International controls 38% of the print media in the UK. If you think that is bad, in Australia Murdoch-controlled News Ltd owns and controls 68%!

Media control, cross-media control. No one person, no one company, should control a major sector of the media, they should not own and control print and televison.

The limit should be one daily, one Sunday. If you own print media, then you cannot own TV.

The cross-media ownership has looked at print and BSkyB, but we should not forget that Murdoch owns HarperCollins, Fox TV and a film studio.

In the press, a book is promoted that just happens to be printed by HarperCollins, a film is promoted that just happens to come out of a Murdoch film studio, a TV programme has a good review that just happens to be shown on BSkyB, the BBC is slated, it just happens to be a global competitor to BSkyB.

Reputable writers, for example Paulo Coelho, should be asking themselves do they wish to continue with HarperCollins.

In the UK, a Judicial Inqiry is to be launched into police bribery and the behaviour of the media. In Australia, an inquiry is to be launched into Murdoch-controlled News International. In the US, the FBI and Justice Department have been asked to launch investigations.

A tsnami, with its epicentre in London, is now travelling around the world.

Murdoch, savaged in parliament, pulls British TV bid
GOPer wants FBI probe of Rupert Murdoch
Former Wall St Journal owners: ‘We wouldn’t have sold if we had known’
How Twitter tracked the News of the World scandal
News Corp shares go down the toilet
Church of England investment in News Corp
Good riddance News of the World
News of the World sinks to new low
Phone hacking: MPs summons Murdochs
More calls by US senators for News Corporation inquiry
Hacking fears ‘spilling over into US’

News Corp shares go down the toilet

July 13, 2011
news corp down the toilet

news corp down the toilet

News Corp shares are in a free fall.

Murdoch plans to buy back News Corp shares in a desperate attempt to stop them going into free fall.

Shareholders fear massive claim for damages following News of the World phone hacking scandal, and further scandals that are rocking the Murdoch Empire on a daily basis.

Questions are now being asked in US and Asutralia about Murdoch.

It is highly unlikely that Murdoch will be allowed to buy BSkyB, which has forced News Corp to withdraw its bid.

Where now without the BSkyB cash cow? BSkyB shares have fallen by 20%!

News Corp withdraws bid for BSkyB
Church of England investment in News Corp
Good riddance News of the World
News of the World sinks to new low

Church of England investment in News Corp

July 11, 2011

The Church of England lacks any moral authority when it holds investment in the toxic Murdoch News Corp. No way can this be classed as an ethical investment.

$6 million investment in Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Today we learnt a corrupt Royal Protection Officer had been passing details of the Royal Family, friends and contacts to the now closed News of the World.

The Church of England has to show moral leadership which means it has to sell its shares in News Corp.

It would be a pragmatic move to ditch the investment. Murdoch paid over the odds for the Wall Street Journal. Murdoch is highly leveraged. He needs BSkyB as a cash cow. News Corp is likely to go into free fall.

Church of England threatens to pull News Corp. investment
NoW ‘paid royal protection officer’
Good riddance News of the World
News of the World sinks to new low

Good riddance News of the World

July 8, 2011
Murdoch answers critics

Murdoch answers critics

Ofcom ‘has duty to be satisfied on on-going basis that any person holding broadcasting licence remains fit & proper to hold such licence’ — John Prescott

The News of the World meltdown is progressing from “shit hits fan” toward “running Rolls Royce jet turbine lands in sewage works”. — Mitch Benn

Excellent news that News of the World is to close. A cause for celebration, but do not pop the champagne corks just yet.

Unbelievable, people power brings down the News of the World in less than a week. Murdoch must be hurting.

Well done everyone. Well done too the Guardian that landed the first blow and the Evening Standard, Independent and Telegraph for landing the follow up blows.

But do not celebrate too soon. We have won the first skirmish, we have a war to win.

Inside News International there are two secret projects: Project X, cut costs by 50%. Project Y, move to a seven-day-a-week newspaper.

A couple of days before James Murdoch with Rebekah Wade in tow, accompanied by security guards, told staff at the News of the World it was being closed, two web addresses were registered for The Sun on Sunday.

It is goodbye News of the World, hello Sun on Sunday.

We were told it was one rogue reporter, now we are told it was one rogue newspaper.

No, it is a rotten toxic organisation that has had a corrosive influence on British culture and politics.

We have gutless, spineless politicians who fight over who can brown-nose Murdoch.

Endorsement now or association with Murdoch would be the kiss of death.

Why is Rebekah Wade still there?

Today Andy Coulson, former NotW editor, was arrested for phone hacking and corruption. If he knew and authorised what was going on why not Rebekah Wade? And she has already admitted to a Select Committee of payment to police.

James Murdoch has said Rebekah Wade has high ethical standards. George Orwell would be proud.

Over £130,000 in bribes has been paid. And no one knew?

James Murdoch signed off massive sums in hush money to keep victims of NotW phone hacking quiet, but he claims he did not know what the money was for?

David Cameron showed appalling lack of judgement in employing Andy Coulson. Did Coulson employ NotW techniques when working from 10 Downing Street? Was Coulson not subjected to positive vetting?

John Prescott is one of many who warned Cameron re Coulson.

It is sickening hearing NotW hacks saying what a marvelous newspaper News of the World was. Have they no shame or integrity? Still they can now enjoy a life of luxury on the Dole as they are wont to tell us Benefit Cheats and Welfare Scroungers enjoy. If they had any integrity left they would put out a Not the News of the World exposing what has been going on at News International.

Plod of the Yard in his investigation of the phone hacking left no stone unturned. He could have tripped over a stone and fallen into a quarry and denied it was there.

Two companies refused to pull NotW advertising, Vodafone and Tesco. Like Murdoch, serious tax dodgers.

Murdoch is not a fit and proper person to own and control media in the UK. He should not be allowed to own and control BSkyB.

If Murdoch thinks he has silenced his critics and the matter is over he is wrong. The baying dogs have tasted blood. They will not now be satisfied until they have gone in for the kill.

Not one to miss a trick, British Gas has used a bad news day to bury their massive hike in gas prices.

News of the World sinks to new low
BSkyB takeover plan receives flurry of late submissions
Phone hacking probe: Ex-News of the World editor Coulson arrested
Rusbridger: ‘I warned David Cameron over Coulson link’
Phone hacking: Police probe suspected deletion of emails by NI executive
Sun on Sunday set for launch following NOTW closure
End of the World: James Murdoch announces News of the World will close this Sunday

News of the World sinks to new low

July 6, 2011
Can anyone spot the odd one out? Hint the Sun!

Can anyone spot the odd one out? Hint the Sun!

unsold copies of the Sun

unsold copies of the Sun

News of the World always has had a reputation for sleaze. With the hacking of the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Millie Dowler it has sunk to new lows.

The voicemail of murdered Millie Dowler was hacked, messages read, messages deleted. The deletion of messages gave fresh hope to her family and friends. It also muddied the police investigation. Her killer went on to kill others.

The editor at the time, now chief executive of News International, was Rebekah Wade. She claims she did not know. Either she is a liar or she is incompetent. Either way she should resign.

Rebekah Wade is leading the investigation into NOTW phone hacking. This is like asking Ronald MacDonald to look into childhood obesity or asking the Met to investigate the Met over phone hacking.

To bribe a police officer is a serious criminal offence, with a prison sentence of several years if found guilty. Is that why the first police investigation looked more like a cover-up?

The Murdoch Empire is unfit to own or control media interests in the UK, for which Murdoch pays no tax. Murdoch should not be able to take a controlling interest in BSkyB.

Rupert Murdoch says allegations that staff at the News of the World hacked phones and paid police are ‘deplorable and unacceptable’. Does he mean the allegations or the actions? He still backs Rebeka Wade and refuses to sack her.

Advertisers are though pulling the plug. When a bank pulls its advertising on ethical grounds, then something must be rotten.

Virgin, Tesco, Wickes, Ford, Co-Op, Sainsbury’s, T-Mobile, Halifax, First Choice, TUI, Mitsibishi and Vauxhall have all pulled their News of the World advertising, and the list is growing.

Media Week has a live list of who is out.

As late as last night, Norman Fowler was under pressure to drop phone hacking and yet today David Cameron was forced to agree a Public Inquiry. What has changed?

Certainly not pressure from the tabloids. The pressure is grassroots. Once again we are seeing the power of social networking.

If you have not already done so then please write to James Hunt and David Cameron to stop the Murdoch Media takeover