It’s been a long time since adland had a representative in the UK cabinet (although the ubiquitous Lord Mandelson was a non-exec director and minor shareholder in Clenmow Hornby Inge in its early days) but former Grey Advertising exec Maria ...Read More »
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The UK’s Leveson Inquiry into media ethics, set up by PM David Cameron to take the heat off politicians for their cosy relationships with law-breaking newspaper groups, has well and truly backfired. For Cameron and co obviously, because their cringe-making ...Read More »
The Leveson Inquiry entertainment goes on, with Tony Blair appearing earlier this week and being engagingly Tony-ish (the bastard), education secretary Michael Gove (a former employee of Rupert Murdoch as a journalist at the The Times) annoying his lordship with ...Read More »
What a busy week: Facebook IPO fiasco, Adam & Eve goes for mind-boggling £60m, Jeremy Hunt on way out and why aren’t we on Google News?
OK, let’s take it from the top: Facebook’s IPO was a fiasco as there was clearly information available about the company’s struggle to reach ad revenue targets that were made available to some investors (the big boys) and not the ...Read More »
UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is clinging to his job, will Rupert Murdoch puts the skids under PM David Cameron?
Former News International boss James Murdoch was up before the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics today and, while James escaped pretty well unscathed (in part due to his professed reluctance to read evening emails revealing phone hacking on a grand ...Read More »
The UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has released a map of 65 potential new ‘hyper-local’ television stations that could operate in the UK. The Government expects that most big cities, as well as towns such as Haverfordwest, Barnstaple and Poole, ...Read More »
UK culture secretary Jeremy Hunt is to write to media regulator Ofcom and the Office of Fair Trading to ask them to look again at the News Corporation bid to buy satellite broadcaster BKyB on the grounds of (a) media ...Read More »
A majority of Parliamentarians (although not PM David Cameron or culture secretary Jeremy Hunt) are casting around desperately for someone to stop sleaze-mired News Corporation’s bid for the 61 per cent of UK satellite broadcaster BSkyB it doesn’t own. Hunt ...Read More »
There aren’t too many women at or near the top of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation (apart from daughter Elizabeth and wife Wendi of course) but the old boy is very loyal to those who do rise up the ranks. Long-serving ...Read More »
Ruperr Murdoch’s 81st year could be more significant than any of the others in the media industry veteran’s long and contentious career as boss of News Corporation. Today he’s agreed to sell his social media site MySpace (acquired for $580m ...Read More »