Video Preview: #stopmurdoch Sky Takeover

30 November 2017 — CPBF

The #stopmurdoch video is being crowdfunded and this is a preview and an opportunity to fund it.

The Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom

One of CPBF’s aims is to:

‘To challenge the myth that press freedom is best served by current forms of ownership and control, and by ‘self-regulation’ on the part of the Press Complaints Commission.’ For more see https://www.cpbf.org.uk/about Continue reading

New research on Murdoch’s agenda power

26 October 2017 — Media Reform Coalition

In our submission to the phase 2 Fox/Sky merger inquiry we have presented interim findings from new research. This suggests that the Murdoch’s influence over the news agenda may be more extensive than previously thought. The Sky take-over threatens to further consolidate this control over news agendas on every platform – print, television, radio and online. 

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New research on Murdoch's agenda power

26 October 2017 — Media Reform Coalition

In our submission to the phase 2 Fox/Sky merger inquiry we have presented interim findings from new research. This suggests that the Murdoch’s influence over the news agenda may be more extensive than previously thought. The Sky take-over threatens to further consolidate this control over news agendas on every platform – print, television, radio and online. 

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Murdoch-Owned Media’s Radical Climate Denial in the Face of Disaster

15 September 2017 — FAIR

A recent survey by progressive watchdog Public Citizen  (9/12/17) on the media’s coverage of hurricanes Harvey and Irma confirms what’s long been known: Corporate media are indifferent to the causal relationship between climate change and extreme weather, and by far the worst offenders are the Rupert Murdoch–owned Fox News, Wall Street Journal and New York Post.

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Murdoch-Owned Media's Radical Climate Denial in the Face of Disaster

15 September 2017 — FAIR

A recent survey by progressive watchdog Public Citizen  (9/12/17) on the media’s coverage of hurricanes Harvey and Irma confirms what’s long been known: Corporate media are indifferent to the causal relationship between climate change and extreme weather, and by far the worst offenders are the Rupert Murdoch–owned Fox News, Wall Street Journal and New York Post.

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News of the World hacking trial ends: Scandal still poses threat to Britain’s ruling elite By Robert Stevens

27 June 2014 — WSWS 

The trial of former News of the World (NotW) editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson and others connected with phone hacking has ended with Coulson, former head of communications of Prime Minister David Cameron, found guilty of conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages. Brooks, the former head of billionaire oligarch Rupert Murdoch’s media-empire in Britain, was acquitted.

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The Other Elephant in the Room: Funding public interest news By Justin Schlosberg

9 July 2013 — New Left Project

As we reflect on the post-Leveson political furore, it is worth recalling Stuart Hall’s maxim that it is the way in which public problems are defined – rather than their proposed solutions – which exemplifies the exercise of real power in advanced capitalist democracies. 

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The BBC is, and Always Has Been, Part of the Problem By Tom Mills

3 October 2011 — New Left Project

Activists and scholars campaigning for a more democratic and humane media face a daunting task.  Outnumbered and outgunned by corporate lawyers and lobbyists, we must of course use our limited time and resources wisely and pick our fights carefully.  Mindful of this reality, I have great sympathy with Des Freedman’s argument that to allow the ‘BBC question’ to enter into the debates around Leveson will simply play into the hands of the commercial media.  But this is a tactical question which should not distract from the simple reality that the BBC is part of the problem and one which we are going to have confront if we are to succeed in our broader goals. 

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Media: The Leveson Inquiry: Should We Care? By Des Freedman

2 September 2011 — New Left Project

I have written elsewhere that the aftermath of the phone hacking scandal and the establishment of the Leveson Inquiry, ‘is a hugely significant moment both for the British media and for British democracy’ and that ‘the spell of media power is facing its most serious challenge to date’. Given that official inquiries rarely generate genuinely radical proposals and we have seen no evidence that press proprietors and media executives are willing to give up their privileged positions, was this simply wishful thinking? The evidence, I would suggest, is mixed.

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Interrogating Contemporary News: Asking the Right Questions By Natalie Fenton

14 September 2011 — New Left Project

The Leveson inquiry has been launched to investigate phone hacking and the culture, practices and ethics of the press; there is a Lords Select Committee on the future of investigative journalism; a joint Select Committee on privacy and injunctions; all of which will feed into a Communications Review leading up to the New Communications Act in 2013 and bring with them unprecedented opportunities to interrogate contemporary news. So what questions should we be asking?

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