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NOTW | 1. Introduction

Nick Lacey | Sunday August 21, 2011

Categories: Key Concepts, Institutions, Censorship & Regulation, Ownership, New Media, Convergence, Synergy, News, News Ownership

The Rise (and Fall?) of Rupert Murdoch

‘I’ve been telling students for the past 20 years that concentration of ownership in the media is a bad thing, but then who gives any credibility to a Mickey Mouse subject like media studies?’ Patrick Russell

(letter to The Guardian, 20 July 2011)

Guide Navigation

  1. NOTW | 2. Murdoch Enters the British Newspaper Market
  2. NOTW | 3. Murdoch Buys Times Newspaper: The Failure of Regulation?
  3. NOTW | 4. Murdoch Goes to Hollywood: The Attraction of Synergy?
  4. NOTW | 5. Murdoch Revolutionises Fleet Street
  5. NOTW | 6. Murdoch in the 1990s: Triumph from near Disaster
  6. NOTW | 7. Murdoch and Ethics
  7. NOTW | 8. Murdoch and Politicians
  8. NOTW | 9. Beating the Competition: The Free Market and Newspaper Price Wars
  9. NOTW | 10. Fox News: ‘Fair and Balanced’?
  10. NOTW | 11. Murdoch Goes Online
  11. NOTW | 12. Murdoch’s Bid to own BSkyB Outright
  12. NOTW | 13. News of the World Phone Hacking
  13. NOTW | 14. The Met and News International
  14. NOTW | 15. The Leveson Inquiry
  15. NOTW | 16. How the Leveson Report was Covered by the Press
  16. NOTW | 17. News Corporation’s Response and Court Cases
  17. NOTW | 18. Regulations Now?
  18. NOTW | 19. Conclusion

Did you see, in the news, in July 2011, a wizened 80-year old being attacked with a paper plate full of shaving foam at a Parliamentary hearing; if not you can see it bellow:

Wendi Deng Protects Rupert Murdoch

His then wife, 38 years his junior, Wendy Deng leapt to his defence effectively, whilst his son from a previous marriage, James, four years younger than she, looked on. The attack was a distraction from a moment that was thought at the time to be seen as a watershed in British politics and its relationship with the media. Speculation suggested and many hoped, that it was the end of Rupert Murdoch’s grip on the British political establishment:

Governments have changed, bubbles have burst and analogue made way for digital. But in the 11-year history of the MediaGuardian 100, no single event has had such...


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