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Articles by Paul Barry

‘The most humble day of my life’: when the Sun King was laid low

Will the fallout from the News of the World phone-hacking scandal bring an end to the Murdoch media dynasty? In his new book, Paul Barry recalls the “must humble day” of Rupert’s life.

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Eighth time lucky? Leveson reports, Cameron stonewalls

Lord Justice Leveson has turned his highly anticipated report into the UK press over to the government, which now faces difficult questions over state-backed regulation.

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Leveson: D-day for red tops, farewell to press freedom?

Lord Leveson will deliver his verdict on the future of the British press in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal tomorrow. Fleet Street’s red tops are decidedly nervous about being curbed.

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Charges against Brooks, Coulson show Murdoch can’t escape

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson will face yet more criminal charges over phone-hacking in the UK. News Corporation and Rupert Murdoch won’t escape this crisis any time soon.

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Thanks to Lachlan, Ten ripe for the picking

Have Lachlan Murdoch and James Packer repeated their One-Tel disaster at Ten, or is it just bad luck to have bought a free-to-air TV network at a bad time? It’s looking more like a train crash.

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Piers Morgan looks into the Mirror: did he know about hacking?

Former UK newspaper editor Piers Morgan must be wishing he’d kept his mouth shut about phone hacking over the years, instead of shooting it off at every possible opportunity. The garrulous and charming Mr M, who now fronts his own nightly TV chat show in Los Angeles, may not actually lose his valuable gig on […]

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Rupert, on his LA throne, banishes dissenters from his kingdom

That Rupert Murdoch was able to so easily dismiss dissent at News Corp’s AGM today was not surprising. It was the farce of the whole exercise, as Crikey found in the heart of Hollywood.

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At the court of King Rupert: News Corp AGM preview

It’s now 15 months since the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World went nuclear and devastated the Murdochs’ political power in Britain. And since that meltdown, the fall-out has wrought havoc right around Rupert’s world. News Corporation’s $12 billion bid for Britain’s biggest media company, BSkyB, had to be abandoned, his son James was […]

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Greiner’s transport vision will drive us all mad

One year ago, The Power Index picked Nick Greiner as the most powerful person in Sydney. But his plan for Sydney’s transport future fails an international comparison.

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Dates set but long wait for phone-hacking justice

If Rupert Murdoch was hoping for a quick end to the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, he won’t be pleased by yesterday’s decision not to put Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson on trial until  September 9 next year. Worse still, if his two former editors go into the dock at London’s Old Bailey with […]

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A slap for James but Murdochs keep their lucrative licence

The British media regulator decided BSkyB was a fit and proper holder of a broadcaster licence. But it slapped former co-chair James Murdoch repeatedly for his handling of phone hacking.

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Paul Barry: Murdochs slip down the power list

In the 11 years that The Guardian has been compiling its list of the 100 most powerful people in Britain’s media, Australia’s Rupert Murdoch has scored first spot on three occasions and has never been out of the top 10. And he would probably have done even better if the judges had known how often he and […]

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Hubby stands by Brooks — you wouldn’t read about it

You wouldn’t expect Rebekah Brooks’s husband to tell the press his wife is guilty of phone hacking and perverting the course of justice, but you might expect him to keep his mouth shut while she’s facing two, and possibly three, sets of criminal charges. However, Old Etonian racehorse trainer Charlie has a book to sell, […]

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A year of scandal at News Corp, a bonus for James Murdoch

The popular verdict on James Murdoch’s performance at the various UK phone-hacking inquiries last year was that Rupert’s son and heir was either a fool or a liar, and that if he didn’t know his journalists at the News of the World were hacking into voicemails on an industrial scale, he certainly should have done. You may […]

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Police probe what Murdoch lawyer Tom Crone knew about hacking

Police investigating the News of the World phone hacking scandal have nabbed another suspect, with the arrest of the paper’s former top lawyer Tom Crone.

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Paul Barry to Stephen Conroy: roam wasn’t built in a day, but fix it

Optus and its fellow phone companies blame those pesky foreign companies for charging outrageous rates. But …

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Is Liz Murdoch’s family feud her play to run NewsCorp?

After all the shit that’s been dumped on the Murdochs in Britain this year, it’s extraordinary that one of Rupert’s immediate family could be cheered onto the stage at a major media function and clapped off at the end to rapturous applause. But that’s exactly what happened to Murdoch’s second daughter Elisabeth last night, as she […]

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Paul Barry: Lucky Eddie Obeid goes for gold at ICAC

The Olympics will soon be over but there’s more fun on the way. In three months, the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption will open public hearings into the granting of coal exploration licences in the Bylong valley, north east of Mudgee. And you can guarantee former Labor powerbroker Eddie Obeid — who turns 70 before the off — will […]

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Packer v Rinehart: why James is winning and Gina is losing

James Packer hasn’t yet got the thumbs-up for his Sydney casino and six-star hotel but he’s certainly doing 100% better than Gina Rinehart in her attempt to control Fairfax Media.

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From Perth to Macau, Packer continues to outbid his dad

Kerry Packer was once the world’s biggest and most famous casino gambler. But he often told his son he didn’t take risks in business. James, on the other hand, hardy ever plays the tables, but is happy to lay down billions of dollars of his own money to build new casinos around the world. His […]

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Paul Barry: Lachlan’s Breakfast of chumpions

If Lachlan Murdoch is banking on boy wonder Adam Boland to come over to Channel Ten and save his struggling Breakfast program, he may well be disappointed.

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So whodunnit? The great phone hacking cover-up

When the criminal trials of Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson, et al, are over, Lord Leveson may return to examine what happened at News of the World in far more detail, unconstrained by fears of prejudicing people’s chance of a fair trial.

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Paul Barry: after hacking charges laid, where’s Rupert?

Where is Rupert Murdoch when you need him? Over the weekend he was madly tweeting about gun control, education, the American dream and the Tour de France. But when his favourite editor and surrogate daughter, Rebekah Brooks, gets charged with three counts of phone hacking at the News of the World, we don’t get a peep out of him. […]

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Charges imminent for ex-Murdoch journos over hacking

At 8 o’clock tonight, Australian time, 11 former News of the World journalists, including the paper’s ex-editors, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, are set to find out whether they will face criminal charges for phone hacking. The NotW’s pet private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who supervised the hacking of voicemails for the Murdochs’ newspaper, and who has already served […]

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You’re fired: as Bouris sacks staff, celebrity apprenticeship grows

In less than two weeks, Australia’s answer to Donald Trump, Celebrity Apprentice’s business superstar Mark Bouris will be strutting the stage at the National Achievers Congress in Brisbane to share the secrets of success with hundreds of his adoring fans.

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