According to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 Andrew Neil put it like this: Rupert Murdoch “would have sold his granny to get the rest of BSkyB” says
If you were under the impression that the Tory-led government was not in hock to Rupert Murdoch’s vote winning news empire then it might be time to think again.
This morning culture and media secretary Jeremy Hunt has indicated he will consider undertakings in lieu from Murdoch’s News Corporation which if accepted would mean its proposed takeover of BSkyB (pdf) would not have to be referred to the Competition Commission. Funnily enough this decision has been met with widespread derision. Read more »
It is being widely reported that a statement is due from No 10 later today regarding Andy Coulson. The speculation is that David Cameron’s director of communications is toast following fresh evidence emerging regarding the News of the World and phone hacking story.
The timing of the announcement comes as Tony Blair addresses the Chilcot inquiry on Iraq, which has not gone unnoticed on Twitter. Read more »
How long has David Cameron’s communications chief Andy Coulson got left in his job?
News Corporation has always said that the phone hacking scandal was the work of a rogue reporter (you know like the lone gunman..), but this defence is now fast unravelling as Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective at the centre of the case, reveals that the paper’s head of news commissioned him to access voicemail messages. So not exactly rogue then, but more institutional, planned and organised?
Read more »
Courtesy of Political Scrapbook this wonderfully entertaining interview that Sky News presenter Kay Burley conducted at the Tory Party conference. Its amusing for all the wrong reasons.
First, Burley talks down and condescends to the 97 year old activist Harry Beckough, who was praised by David Cameron in his speech yesterday, before going on to struggle with his name, his date of birth and confuse well known Labour wartime politician Stafford Cripps with a British Army regiment (the Staffords). Easily done. Read more »
David Cameron last night said that nobody on his team was unsackable, as he faced questions about his communications director, Andy Coulson, as the phone hacking scandal continues to hound the former News of the World editor.
The prime minister defended Coulson in a Channel 4 News interview as his comms chief faces allegations that he knew about illegal phone hacking during his time as editor of the News of the World. Read more »
How long can Andy Coulson last now that it has been confirmed that he will be interviewed by the Metropolitan Police? The Met will talk to David Cameron’s director of communications as part of fresh inquiries into the phone hacking case surrounding the News of the World and News International. Read more »
Well he doesn’t, but this story splashed on the front page of the Evening Standard today of David Cameron, wife Sam and new family addition probably encapsulates his attitude, and that of parts of the media (is there an unofficial blackout?), to the growing calls for a government inquiry into the swirl of allegations surrounding his director of comms, Andy Coulson, and the News of the World’s phone hacking.
Read more »
As the government is called upon to launch a judicial inquiry into the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World you would think there was a news blackout with half of the national press ignoring the story. Read more »