Tag: “Rupert murdoch

On bombs, no-growth strategy, sexist Sky commentators, Murdoch and phones, evil Mail

Posted on 25 January 2011 | 8:01am

Just as politicians say that terrorist attacks won’t change the way we go about our business – they do – so the media will always allow a major bombing to shift its agenda. That is not a criticism. An outrage of the kind we saw in Moscow yesterday is clearly genuinely newsworthy, and a reminder […]

With thanks to Robert Peston, another phone-hacking blog

Posted on 24 January 2011 | 2:01pm

I have had one of those days so far … an in-tray that started quite light suddenly became a lot heavier and instead of having around a dozen things on my immediate ‘to do’ list I had a lot more, and it means one of the things on the to-do list – ‘another blog re […]

Fascinating to see some of the papers willing the phone-hack scandal away

Posted on 23 January 2011 | 2:01pm

As regular readers will know by now, I don’t read any of the Mail papers, or allow them in the house, but the online revolution being what it is, every now and then some of its bile slips through the net as people send me links and say ‘hey, you ought to see this.’ One […]

with Coulson gone, bigger issues now confront Cameron. Hunt, Murdoch and the police

Posted on 22 January 2011 | 1:01pm

Sorry for giving away a Loose Ends trade secret by tweeting that I was recording it this morning. I think it used to be done live but what with live bands in the studio and stuff, it probably got a bit complicated, so you can hear it on Radio 4 at 615 this evening, just […]

The day my challenging student warned Cheltenham of war over benefit cuts

Posted on 10 October 2010 | 12:10pm

The Cheltenham Literature Festival seems to get bigger every year. It is possible to see the growth of literary festivals as part of the celebrity culture – so there I was, darling, chatting to Salman Rushdie in the green room, when who should walk in but Alistair Darling and Andrew Marr, then Jilly Cooper rushed over […]

Too many phonehack questions unanswered – and not just for Number 10

Posted on 5 September 2010 | 8:09am

The Coulson/phonehack saga is a story not just about him and Number 10, but about the role of the media more generally, and the role of the police.

Italian interview on Dick Clamberon, TB, GB, Murdoch inter alia

Posted on 15 May 2010 | 1:05pm

Am back from Ireland, a bit tired after a late night after The Late Late Show. I do love the Irish, who seem to loathe the idea of a Tory government in Britain as much as I do, and most of whom seem to think Nick Clegg is a pseudoTory, as I do. So it […]

On News International phone-hacking and Cameron

Posted on 24 February 2010 | 9:02am

When The Guardian reported last year on the scale of alleged phone-hacking by the News of the World under then editor Andy Coulson, there was considerable broadcast media coverage, but within 24 hours, it all went fairly quiet. A print media normally keen to fuel any high octane frenzy (recent events concerning the so-called bullying […]