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Saturday, 29 August 2009

James Murdoch speech on BBC

"News Corporation's James Murdoch has said that a "dominant" BBC threatens independent journalism in the UK."
what rubbish. Anyone who cannot tell the huge vested interest that Murdoch has in getting rid of the BBC is an idiot. He wants the BBC out the way so that he and his cronies can dominate the media more than they do now.
I mean, the media market is divided between Sky and BBC as it is. Sky want to remove the BBC from that equation.

"The expansion of state-sponsored journalism is a threat to the plurality and independence of news provision," he told the Edinburgh Television Festival."
No, Sky's monopoly is a threat to plurality and independence. Fox in America for example, in addition to their polemic drivel which has no regard for facts or truth.

"Sir Michael Lyons, chairman of the BBC Trust, told the BBC's World Tonight that Mr Murdoch had underplayed the importance of Sky as a competitor."
I agree.
""Sky continues to grow and get stronger and stronger all the time so this is not quite a set of minnows and a great big BBC," Sir Michael said.

"The BBC has a very strong competitor in Sky, and not one to be ignored."

"Former BBC director general Greg Dyke said Mr Murdoch's argument that the BBC was a "threat" to independent journalism was "fundamentally wrong".

reminder of what murdoch owns, just in case:
News Corporation owns the Times, the Sunday Times and Sun newspapers and pay TV provider BSkyB in the UK and the New York Post and Wall Street Journal in the US.

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