Media Unites Against Murdoch

A story featured in all todays papers concerned an alliance against the march of Murdoch.

This is how The Gurdian told it:
British Media Unite Against Murdoch

This headline from The Guardian made us feel there is some chance of resisting the inexorable march of corporate fascism. We have blogged many times on the takeover of British media by corporations controlled by Rupert Murdoch’s News Intrnation, a creping subjugation of the means of spreading information carried out for almost tweny five years with the complicity of governments led by Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

Many people are sure, although it is unlikely ever to be proved that Blair’s betrayal of Independent Television was nothing more than what was promised to Murdoch in return for delivering Dowing Street into New Labour’s hands.

Now it seems the increasingly beleagured companies that must try to compete with the Murdoch monster are at last seeing that their survival depends on collaboration.


Fleet Street’s highly factionalised newspaper industry today set aside historic differences to join forces in an unprecedented assault against the power of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

The companies behind the Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail – both supporters of the Conservatives – united with the owners of the Guardian and the Labour-backing Daily Mirror to petition Vince Cable, the business secretary, to consider blocking News Corporation’s proposed £8bn full takeover of the satellite broadcaster BSkyB, which trades under the name Sky .

Fearful of the combined might of an integrated News Corp-Sky operation, which would include the Sun, the News of the World, the Times and book publisher HarperCollins, the complainants said the “proposed takeover could have serious and far-reaching consequences for media plurality”.
The Evil Empire of The Media is not going to go down without a fight however.

Rupert Murdoch responds to his rivals and appeals to Vince Cable – a reponse printed in The Guardian

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