Mar 15, 2013

A richer Murdoch stands on the cusp of two big wins

Rupert Murdoch may well see off attempts to impose any sort of media regulation in the UK and Australia -- and see off the Prime Ministers who proposed it. Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane report.

Next week could deliver two major wins for Rupert Murdoch, barely 18 months after the News of the World phone hacking scandal crashed around his head, with the defeat of attempts to tighten newspaper regulation in both the UK and Australia. It would be a victory that would add immensely to his reputation for being the media mogul you cross at your peril.

The chances of passage of the government’s self-regulatory proposal for print and online media, along with the rest of federal Communications Minister Stephen Conroy’s media reform package, appear problematic, as crossbenchers are wavering and the Greens backed a June reporting deadline for the Senate committee examining the five reform bills introduced yesterday. The government wants them passed next week and has said it will dump the reforms if they don’t make it through in that time.

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4 thoughts on “A richer Murdoch stands on the cusp of two big wins

  1. mikehilliard

    Glenn + Bernard, & what if Julia isn’t gone by the end of the year? And what message would that send to politicians & the media?

    There is only one certainty in life & that is that not long from now Rupert will be “dead, buried, cremated”.

  2. Mike Flanagan

    He might be on the ‘cusp’ of turning another dollar but he is on the brink of losing another handful of bills too.
    It looks like Operation Weeting in the UK have found a ‘deep throat/ess’, and the initial reports indicate there are at least another 600 illegal telephone intercepts the wallopers are now investigating.
    Maybe a lot of his new found wealth will have to be employed to save some of the family silver.
    How mortifying for the decrepid geriatric!

  3. Karen

    Why is that people like this win in life? It reminds me of the line in Gatsby, so true, the wealthy retreat into their vast wealth and leave other people to clean up after them.

  4. Achmed

    Self regulation has been found to be nothing short of useless. News Corp have been hacking phones and lied for years about it. Editors and executives have been sacked, jailed and charged and the paper in the UK shut down in shame.
    The High Court in Australia has found that staff have lied, distorted the truth and fabricated news articles.
    The Australian Presss Council has found that they have run stories that are “gravely inaccurate, unfair and offensive”

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