Tag Archives: Rupert Murdoch

How an empire ends: the death throes of the Murdoch dynasty

Despite Michael Wolff’s attempt to portray Murdoch’s empire as healthy and vibrant[1], he has failed. He papers over the empire’s flaws. Instead, the empire has a structural weakness: Rupert Murdoch. The phone hacking scandal forced him to split his empire.[2] … Continue reading

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Without trust what is a newspaper?

Even though News Corp has survived the hacking scandals, a deeper cancer has emerged. How it deals with this cancer will determine whether it can succeed without Rupert Murdoch. He forged his empire based on an implicit contract with his … Continue reading

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Unasked questions about national security and phone hacking

Since the Leveson Inquiry and the Phone Hacking trial, a number of unasked and unanswered questions have emerged. These questions are around phone hacking and national security. Peter Clarke became involved because the phone hacking had compromised the Royal Family … Continue reading

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The Murdoch Game of Thrones begins. Rebekah Brooks negotiates a return to News Corp

Rebekah Brooks appears to be negotiating a return to News Corp.[1]  She survived the phone hacking trial and displayed an unwavering loyalty to Rupert Murdoch and News Corp. We can see why Rupert Murdoch said that she was his number … Continue reading

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Twitter and the naked tabloid editor

On Twitter journalists rarely have as large of following as their employers. Even the exceptions prove the rule as Piers Morgan has just over 4 million followers but he is more of celebrity than a journalist. On Twitter, the tabloid … Continue reading

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 The new establishment: Leveson, hacking and the public voice

Before the Leveson inquiry, the public face of the establishment had three interconnected parts: the press, the police, and the politicians. They had a complicated relationship. Each reinforced the other’s power even as they sought to exploit the relationship. However, … Continue reading

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When journalism becomes criminal enterprise, the public interest is its mask

The News of the World saga reached an important milestone. The recent trial of Andrew Coulson (conviction) and Rebekah Brookes (acquittal) closed the initial stage. Nick Davies book (Hack Attack) reveals the wider challenges that remain. What we find from … Continue reading

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Tony Blair’s excellent advice

Tony Blair has given us a great insight into his success as a politician and a public figure. If we look beyond the propriety of his advice and Mrs Brooks motive in recording it, we will see its value. Tony … Continue reading

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