Jul 14, 2011

NotW: Murdoch withdraws BSkyB bid

Crikey media wrap: The News of the World phone hacking scandal didn't just bring down a paper, it also destroyed Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation's £8bn bid to buy BSkyB.

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

The News of the World phone hacking scandal didn’t just bring down a paper, it also destroyed Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation’s £8 billion bid to buy BSkyB.

After a week of public and political outrage over News International’s dubious methods of information gathering, Murdoch officially withdraw his bid yesterday to purchase the pay-TV broadcaster.

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22 thoughts on “NotW: Murdoch withdraws BSkyB bid

  1. Bellistner

    “Nobody in British Labour or the Lib-Democrats want to see a British channel sprouting the deranged, right-wing nonsense they hear on Fox from the time the channel starts the day with that daffy trio struggling to digest the news and reduce it to kindergarten terms to the hateful diatribes – literally hate-full – that fill the airwaves when the channel warms up.

    Carr better hope he’s never invited on Fox and Friends. Gretchen will go all googly-eyed with anger. 😮

  2. Andrew McIntosh

    I can’t help wondering how the many hundreds of thousands of readers of these rags feel about having spent so much time and money consuming trash that is now, more than ever, obviously bringing the whole concept of journalism into disrepute and shamelessly and gutlessly invaded so many peoples’ privacy at their lowest ebbs. As much as Murdoch and his cronies must shoulder the blame for creating such a market, I believe the masses of that market’s consumers are blind to their own involvement.


    Rupert Murdoch and the way he operates is toxic. He has more power than J Edgar Hoover ever had. Why would anyone pay to read his bile online. His planned assault on the BBC will have to postponed and eventually dropped.

  4. DodgyKnees

    How close is the drop tail lizard of Oz getting to sedition ?
    He’s debatably crossed the line from a democratic perspective – but technically ?

  5. jeebus

    Carr is telling it like it is.

    Murdoch’s empire has debased journalism and news delivery in whatever medium he has been allowed to operate.

    The final nail in the coffin for me was when one of his employees appeared on television call the American president a racist with a deep seated hatred of white people.

    In any other media organisation, such hateful and inflammatory rhetoric would have seen that employee sacked on the spot.

    In News corporation, Rupert Murdoch came out and not only defended the lunatic, but agreed with his point. So there you have it. Murdoch himself believes the American president is a racist with a deep seated hatred of white people.

    How can a man so detached from reality and civility be allowed to wield such power over the public and political discourse of three great nations?

    News Corporation and its criminal, international propaganda network needs to be dismantled.

  6. Jean

    I really enjoyed the sight on TV of Rupert Murdoch and Rebekah (can’t spell Rebecca, eh?) Brooks being doorstopped by a media pack for the usual reason- so they could get film of people who did not want to speak to the media.
    Long may they be tailed to the toilet by the pararazzi!
    Might be worth tapping their phone calls, too 🙂

  7. Emma Royds

    If agents of a foreign government had done even half this stuff to the Royal Family and the elected Prime Minister less than a hundred years ago they’d have been hung.

    The fact any sentient human being could even consider illegally accessing a child’s medical records to glean information that they might be able to use against the child’s father says everything you’ll ever need to know about what constitutes morals and ethics within Murdoch’s empire.

  8. SusieQ

    I think they really have reached a new low in revealing that story about Gordon Brown’s son – the fact they actually went ahead and printed the article shows how despicable they all are.

    So now the British govt decides to refer the BSkyB issue off to the Competition Commission – why was this not done before as a matter of course, or had everyone assumed it was a done deal?

    I agree, I hope the papparazzi keep on at them for a good while yet.


    Stewart and Colbert should have some fun with Roger Ailes this week. John Oliver is on location.

  10. joe2

    Isn’t Carr the brave one?

    Conspicuously absent is any comment, by him, on the nastiness at home base driven by Murdoch media “freaks and monsters”.

    Probably because he dines out with them, even writes for them, and does not need to be scared anymore.

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