It must have been a wrench for Rebekah Brooks when she had to leave her job as Chief Executive of News International with only a £11.8 million pay-off to soften the blow, but at least her social relationship with her old boss is intact. An informant on the Caribbean island of Antigua has emailed to [...]
From The Fall of the House of Murdoch to The Buddha of Suburbia in a day packed with literature and conversation
Take a step into Westminster square and what surrounds you are the buildings at the root of the failings of British Society. Buildings stained with the sweat of corruption, seeped in lies, and burnt egos. It’s 7pm, on the Thursday 17 May, and the square is empty, apart from a few paparazzi that stand outside the Westminster Methodist Hall, waiting for the entry of Hugh Grant, who is booked to speak at the Rally for Media Reform.
I don’t know whether Jeremy Hunt will survive. Like most of my colleagues asked for their broadcast opinion today, I said 50-50. But I know that he should survive.
His defence today of his conduct over the News Corporation bid for BSkyB was miserable, nervous and unconvincing. But he has a reasonable case. He “had expressed some [...]
Is Richard Caseby making a sly joke? I only ask because it’s hard to explain his testimony to the Lords Communication Committee yesterday in any other way. I know the investigations there and in the Leveson inquiry into phone hacking is supposed to be deadly serious, and in the main it has been. But when Mr Caseby, managing editor of The Sun, used the phrase ‘sexing up’ to describe the Guardian’s reporting of the phone hacking affair, the resonance was so brazen that it couldn’t be explained any other way. He has to be kidding.
It’s hard to imagine Britain without its red top press but week by week such a prospect becomes increasingly realistic.
The Times man yesterday argued that the power of the Murdoch press is grossly exaggerated and that the BBC is the real dominant media power in the land. The communications regulator, Ofcom, takes a different view.
The Labour leader’s personal rating has risen in our ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror.
We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror.
Vince Cable was back in the news this week, after ‘declaring war’ on Rupert Murdoch. If we could declare war on anyone, Murdoch would be my number one choice, but it did raise a certain question in my mind – what kind of mind-set does it take to want to be a politician in the first place?
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