Murdoch admits telling his papers which party to back in UK

November 24th, 2007 - 3:27 pm ICT by admin  

London, Nov.24 (ANI): Media baron Rupert Murdoch has admitted he has “editorial control” over which political party his top papers, the Sun and News of the World, back in a general election and what line they will take on Europe.
The News Corporation chairman also told MPs that Sky News could be more popular if it emulated his more partisan Fox News Channel in the US.
Murdoch’s comments, according to the Scotsman, were used as evidence to his September 17 deliberations with the House of Commons Communications Committee.
Outlining Mr Murdoch’s account of his approach to his British papers, the committee minute stated: “For the Sun and News of the World, he explained that he is a ‘traditional proprietor’. He exercises editorial control on major issues - like which party to back in a general election or policy on Europe.
“Mr Murdoch did not disguise the fact that he is hands-on both economically and editorially.”
Mr Murdoch insisted he does not interfere with his “quality” papers, though is often mystified by their editorial decisions.
“He says he never says ‘Do this or that’ - although he often asks ‘What are you doing?’”
Murdoch voiced frustration at laws, which prevented him moving into regional newspapers, and led to an Ofcom investigation into his stake in ITV.
The committee minute stated: “When asked about Britain, Mr Murdoch stated that the UK was ‘anti-success’ - this had prevented him from expanding.” (ANI)

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