Journalism

Sep 4, 2009

James “independent media” Murdoch

James Murdoch this week launched an attack on the BBC, announcing that it's essential for the "future of independent digital journalism that a fair price can be charged for news to people who value it”. So, no free news allowed.

James Murdoch, chairman and CEO of News Corp’s European and Asian arms, this week attacked state sponsorship of UK media in the digital age.

Or more specifically, he lambasted the BBC — that thorn in the side of free markets. His argument at the MacTaggart Lecture was, in essence, that government subsidies prevent the press from becoming the best it can be by letting consumers decide what they want to pay for.

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  1. Frank Campbell

    Hang on, the current capitalist crisis was caused by private corporations, not the BBC, the citizenry or the internet. One minute Citizen Kane was neck deep in money, then he wasn’t. Now he’s exposed as a monopolist who wants to get rid of one of our few defences against monopoly: public broadcasting.

    Greed is a many-splendoured thing.

  2. AR

    I think the oxymoronic phrase, “quality mass circulation journalism”, ought to be a whole new Wankley award. And expecting anyone to pay for it would be the triumph of banality over bathos.

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