News Corp. Meltdown
Members of the British government are calling for Tory minister of culture Jeremy Hunt’s head, The Guardian reports, after an ongoing media ethics investigation revealed Mr. Hunt’s office was in cahoots with the Murdoch clan leading up to News Corp.’s failed bid to take over British broadcaster BSkyB.
Instead, Mr. Hunt’s adviser Adam Smith fell on his sword, resigning just an hour before the cabinet minister was scheduled to defend himself before the House of Commons today. There, Mr. Hunt said his actions should be judged by Lord Justice Leveson, who is leading the press probe.
“When posh boys are in trouble, they sack the servants,” quipped Labour MP Dennis Skinner.
Regarding the scandal that has roiled Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire, a few things seem clear. The phone-hacking scandal in London is deplorable. Journalists have violated the privacy of ordinary citizens and, it is alleged, the law of the land in the United Kingdom. Tabloid reporters from the now-shuttered News of the World showed a Read More
The Daily‘s launch was held today (thing looks promising!), and only one minor glitch marred the proceedings. That occured when a reporter from the BBC (News Corp.’s mortal enemy) took the opportunity to ask Rupert Murdoch an uncomfortable question. Have a look: