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Rupert Murdoch: integrating media and political power

Published on September 28, 2017 Originally recorded 2010   9 min
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The theoretical position on media concentration is widely held. It's backed up by historical experience, the regulator documents that governments produce, and so on. And the key ideas that democracy requires diversity and pluralism with the media reporting and providing platforms for different politicians and interest groups to present their views, is central to it. But in practice, many examples of media concentration which have a damaging and distorting effect on the democratic process have occurred and do occur. And so, I want to move on now to look at examples which are from the contemporary experience.
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The case study I want to discuss is that of Rupert Murdoch. Now, Rupert Murdoch in the United Kingdom has News International, but that is just the UK arm of a Global Media Group which encompasses television channels, the film 20th Century Fox, 140 up newspapers worldwide, and they are under the aegis of News Corporation. In book publishing, Harper Collins is one of the big book publishers in the UK and indeed in America, too. B Sky B is the largest European satellite company but also a television company, too, in terms of its revenue.
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