Journalism

Jul 5, 2011

NotW scandal: Conroy must play probity card in Oz Network contract

If the Gillard Government is looking for an excuse not to give Sky News the $223 million Australia Television contract, it should come straight out with a probity argument based on the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

Stephen Mayne — Journalist and Founder

Stephen Mayne

Journalist and Founder

If the Gillard Government is looking for an excuse not to give Sky News the $223 million Australia Television contract, it should come straight out with a probity argument based on the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

There would be no better moment given the white anger which exploded in the UK overnight after The Guardian revealed the News of the World had hacked the voicemail of Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old Surrey school girl who was abducted and murdered in 2002.

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16 thoughts on “NotW scandal: Conroy must play probity card in Oz Network contract

  1. negativegearmiddleclasswelfarenow.com

    The Catholic Church is full of kiddie fiddlers and News International has its own scum – phone hackers.

  2. Suzanne Blake

    Looks like Gillard and Co were not happy that SKY won and are forcing a change. Conflicts of interest everywhere here.

  3. Malcolm Street

    Perhaps Gillard etc have finally grown a pair and decided they’ve got nothing to lose by standing up to News Ltd.

  4. drmick

    Could also be that Ruperts spies have information on our pollies that they can use as well? Russian roulette is a fair and balanced game to the one the phone tappers have created.

    Instead of one loaded cylinder and 5 empties against the temple, our poliies have 5 loaded cylinders, and Murdoch is making them blow their own heads off.

    He is evil incarnate. If he can do this to politicians and dead children, what is to stop him doing the same to the High Court? He doesnt hear the word no often enough. Well Conroy can tell hiom to piss off and to take his parasites, including his own political party, with him

  5. Barry 09

    Labor can kiss my vote goodbye if the phone hacker get the Tax payers money and the news contract .

  6. klewso

    Wouldn’t it have been nice, if someone had hacked “Murdoch” instead?
    “He” could have been easier to control, too, now?

  7. klewso

    But you do gotta wonder – “What’s he got on Arbib and the rest of The Muppets”?

  8. michaelwholohan1

    So Mark Day can smell a rat. Mark if you work in the sewer you can smell more than a rat.
    Having recently spent time in UK when much of the earlier stuff came out culminating in an admission from NoW. I did not think things become more obscene………. well here it is.surely there can be nothing to top this. How do these people sleep at nights,
    If the Government has any dealings with News. it should be via the DPP. if at all possible.

  9. klewso

    “Sleep at night”? That’s when they come out.

  10. Malcolm Street

    DrMick and Klewso – yep, the big questions now are: (1) have other areas of News Ltd apart from NOW been doing this as SOP and for how long (2) given that politicians were bugged by NOW, were they just looking for newsworthy content or blackmail material as well, and does this explain why The Met was ordered to go easy on News?

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