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                                    Murdoch papers open fire on BBC 
                  Why the Murdochs are wrong to blame BBC for media's woes

              
Mattoug" I'm sure this guy (Rupert Murdoch) has enough money, now go rest "
 
 James Murdoch: 'The only reliable, durable and perpetual guarantor of independence is profit'
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   Mr Wijat and  ERF The Worm.  "James, how about true social justice, genuine love  and caring for your the people that share this earth with you, independant investigative journalism and the British culture, arts and life the BBC protects and maintains for the British people...how many more billions do you and your dad Rupert need to make...in your case the normal and acceptable profit motives to make a decent living to feed your family and have a decent life style have gone to the extreme and are turning into greed and extreme abusew of your power as the most powerful people the world with the most powerful media group iun the world that has the effectual power to appoint and dismiss governments and chance the way a whole nation thinks through what they read in your newspapers, and see on your TV channels and Internet websites.. me and EFR The Worm liv ein an organic farm,grow and own vegetables, have our own water from the rain and underground have our own electricity from thw sun and wind power and still run an international media group, International News Limited, we have not need for money other than what it costs to run the websites  and other bills we have to pay as all businesses have...maybe you should take the freindly advice of Mattoug stated in the Telegraph on the 29th August, 2009, when he says,
                        
                                   " I'm sure this guy (Rupert Murdoch) has enough money, now go rest "

"Why doesn't he just be straight with us and say he wants to charge for online content, after all this is what he's lining us up for. If the licence fee goes, so does free online BBC content, which is one of the main threats to News Corp. I'm sure this guy already has enough money, now go rest"...Telegraph... Mattoug 29th August, 2008


Rupert and James please read this little poem by Bert E, Pratt of Perth Western Australia from the 2001 Australian Weekend News
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God put us on this earth to make it a better place, All we have done is turn it into a rat race. We get up in the morning and drive our cars like mad, We pollute the air and kill the trees, which makes me very sad, No matter how much God gives us, We still want more and more, There does not seem to be a number that we will settle for, You ask people to help you, They look at you aghast, And walk quickly past, But when you go through the pearly gates, With your money in hand, God will gently take it off you, And whisper "everybody's equal in this land".
Bert E. Pratt

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                                 Why the Murdochs are wrong to blame BBC for media's woes


ABC Chief Scott Slams the recent vicious and wrongful attacks in the BBC and reminds the world the Sir Keith Murdoch attacked the ABC in Australia in the early days of Australian television in the same way..  he goes on to say that the attackes are based on self financial interest of the shareholders News Corp  which is controlled by the Murdoch family and not in the interests of the people of Australia and Britain...



USA News Media discusses the Modus Operandi of  Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp take over of the Times of London and the Wall Street Journal which leads Rupert to his final take over that he needs ot have complete control of the worlds media, so that generations to come will have only Rupert News to read which is only the news Rupert wants you to read, depending on which political party or what business enterprise group he is backing on the day...


Report Out Foxed Part One


Rupert OutFoxed Part Two


Rupert Murdoch...I just brought the Wall Street Journal, now I'm off to London to use my media power ot get David Cameron andhis Tory Paty Elected who are going to help me buy the BBC


A brief look at  Keith Rupert Murdoch's News Corp media empire growth from a small insignificant newspaper in Aledlaide, South Australia to the media empire that controls the world that has made Rupert Murdoch the seventh, or may be the most powerful man in the world....you have to hand it to Rupert he has been very convincing to investors who have handed over the billions of dollars to him to help him expand his media empire...that had been the real secret of Keith Rupert Murdoch's success...being able to obtainbillion sof dollars of other people's money, banks, and private investment money to fund each new level of expansion..without other people's money Keith Rupert Murdoch would still be running a little newspaper in Adelaide, South Australia....however the investors who have invested their life savings into News Corp may be asking the question now..have they done the right thing...because News Corp is now losing about $4 billion a year....and unless News Corp can take over BBC or have it dismantled as an institution....so he can get his way to start charging for news content on the Internet..then the writing is on the wall....in a few years time the company will run out of capital..and there will be no more investors to back him..We know one investor in Australia that invested his life savings of $2 million into News Corp shares and he lost the lot when they went down in value...and there then will be no more News Corp, and no one will be willing to buy all his loss making newspapers that have been sent bankrupt by free content on the Internet and the billions spent on printing presses in Wapping will be only usefull as a tourist attraction to show where the printing of News Cort millions o fpapers each week took place in a by gone age that will llok strange to people who have become only to know of their news, information, music, etc being provided to them on a computer screen, an Ipod, a mobile phone or som eother elctronic mobile devise thatwe have not even evented yet.....Rupertand James can be the tour guides.......that will be a new role for them...and charge for a tourist guide and information pack to the tourists...which they can print on their own printing presses at Wapping, which used to be used to print millions of papers each day at the cost of million of dead trees and the destruction of the thousands of rainforrests and natural habitats around the world....."
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    Murdoch papers open fire on BBC  
     Why Murdochs are wrong to blame BBC for media's woes
     
     James Murdoch: 'The only reliable, durable and perpetual guarantor of independence is profit'
     
    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard-business/article-23739109-why-murdochs-are-wrong-to-blame-bbc-for-medias-woes.do
     
     
     
    Why Murdochs are wrong to blame BBC for media’s woes
    Roy Greenslade
    02.09.09
     
     
     
    The final sentence of James Murdoch's speech at the EdinburghTV Festival was hugely significant: “The only reliable, durable and perpetual guarantor of independence is profit.” It was an appropriate conclusion to an agenda-setting tirade aimed at Britain's public service broadcaster.
    But the central point of Murdoch's MacTaggart lecture was, of course, to complain that the BBC should no longer be properly described as a broadcaster. It is a multi-platform provider of information and entertainment and, in his view, should be forced to climb off some of those platforms in double-quick time.
    Before I take issue with him, let's admit that there was a lot of good sense in the speech last weekend. He showed that he understands the complexity of the fast-moving digital landscape and, most particularly, the increasing convergence between what were once separate forms of communication.
    It is also fair to say that, despite the obvious self-interest involved in his undermining the BBC, there is merit in the continuing debate about its funding, its range of services and the resources spent on its websites.
    I also found myself applauding his questioning of claims about broadcast news impartiality. “It should hardly be necessary to point out that the mere selection of stories and their place in the running order is itself a process full of unacknowledged partiality,” he said. Who can argue with that?
    Similarly, he made out a good case for less broadcasting regulation. I rather liked his joke about creating an Ofpress to match Ofcom.
    That said, Murdoch was also guilty of many contradictions, not least his attack on media monopoly while seeking to maintain the monopoly enjoyed by one of his own company's divisions, namely BSkyB.
    He railed against the European Commission's requirement that broadcasting rights to Premier League football should be divided up in order to prevent Sky from acquiring them all.
    This attempt to create a competitive climate — and thereby reduce prices — defied common sense, he asserted, because customers needed to pay two sets of subscriptions. As we know, this didn't happen. An insufficient number of football fans paid up to view games on the channels of Sky's Irish-based rival, Setanta.
    But that takes no account of the fact that there was no level playing field prior to the bidding process. BSkyB had already created such a dominant pay TV position, offering millions of viewers access to so many channels, that a rival offering a mere soupçon could not hope to provide genuine competition. Then there was the way the matches were sold in packages, which tended to favour the ascendant BSkyB, though I concede that what counted was the size of the bids. Setanta, in truth, was never in with a hope of offering a real challenge to Sky's dominance. It couldn't pay enough and, having stretched to do so, it couldn't hope to secure enough revenue from its lesser package.
    Yet Murdoch, echoing his father, Rupert, 20 years ago in his own MacTaggart, wants us to see things in reverse when it comes to his own conflict with the BBC. In that instance, he wishes us to view BSkyB as the Setanta-like underdog, despite News Corporation being one of the world's largest media conglomerates.
    His assault on the BBC's development into a multi-platform media organisation was altogether harder to accept, especially when seen in the context of his own understanding that we are moving into an era of convergence.
    In complaining about the way in which the BBC has forged ahead in the digital age, Murdoch seeks to punish the corporation for doing what commercial media businesses initially failed to do.
    On a visit a couple of years ago to the BBC floor occupied by the editorial staff running its websites, I admit that my eyes popped. At the time, more people were employed solely on the BBC's online journalism (and staffing has increased since then) than on the websites of all the national newspaper titles put together.
    Though I have some misgivings about that, it should be seen as an entirely natural consequence of the BBC's progression into the digital age. Its executives realise that televisions and radios are not going to be the first choice of viewers and listeners forever.
    The transmission of video, audio and text is being enjoyed through computer terminals and mobile phones. These are the screens that count for the future and the BBC, if it is to go on serving its licence fee payers, must ensure that it reaches its audience.
    If we constrain the BBC's technological growth then we face the likelihood of losing what is most valuable about a public service news provider that is admired across the world, namely its journalistic authority and credibility. I say that even though I accept that it is not, and never could be, an impartial source.
    Murdoch may dislike the fact that it is funded by the public, at a price set by the government of the day, but he is wrong to see this as an inhibition of independence. It is not an arm of the state.
    Anyway, it is a bit rich for him to lambast the BBC for driving competitors from the field with its (alleged) financial muscle when his company has been prepared to spend countless millions on expanding its market share — witness everything from buying a 17.9% stake in ITV and price-cutting The Sun to the launch of the freesheet thelondonpaper (which he is now closing after three years because of heavy losses).
    As we contemplate the possibility of some form of public funding for regional and local papers, because their publishers cannot turn a profit, it is as well to remind ourselves, and Murdoch, that there has to be another way when commerce fails.


     
     
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2003/jul/21/Iraqandthemedia.bbc
     
     
    Kavanagh: Morgan's future is a matter of 'conscience'
    Murdoch papers open fire on BBC
     
    Dominic TimmsMediaGuardian, Monday 21 July 2003 12.52 BSTArticle history 
    Newspapers controlled by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch laid into the BBC this morning, seeking to place the blame for the death of government advisor David Kelly firmly at the feet of the corporation. "BBC in crisis as Blair mood swings," splashed the Times, claiming it was the corporation, rather than a battered Labour government, that was "fighting to save its credibility." The paper alleged the BBC may even have "sexed-up" its own coverage. "It is now the BBC that appears to have deliberately deceived viewers, listeners, its board of governors and parliament about the origins of this extraordinary battle with the government." "You Rat," was the splash headline in the Sun, which rounded on Andrew Gilligan, claiming that he was branding Dr Kelly "a liar" in a bid to save his job. In later pages it broadened its attack. "How can we ever trust the BBC again?" asks the Sun's leader. "Its behaviour over the Dr David Kelly tragedy has been disgraceful." "At every turn the BBC has displayed a total lack of judgement, bad faith, hypocrisy and low standards - all motivated by an absurd desire to prove it was bigger than No 10." "Heads must roll at the BBC," it said. "There are two tragedies to emerge from the "sexed-up" dossier shambles," wrote political editor Trevor Kavanagh on page 6. "First is the death of decent David Kelly... [the second] the death of the BBC's priceless reputation for integrity." "Mr Sambrook cannot stay," Kavanagh went on to say, referring to the BBC's director of news, who mounted a robust defence of both Gilligan and the story. "But the biggest BBC scalp may be its mild-mannered chairman Gavyn Davies." But it was not just the Murdoch-controlled Sun and Times that lambasted the BBC's role in Dr Kelly's tragic death. The Financial Times was equally critical. A "reeling" BBC faces "the largest damage limitation exercise, arguably of its 76-year history," it said. In comparison, Tony Blair had "weathered the immediate crisis" after an "air of panic" gripped Downing Street on Friday. The Telegraph bizarrely compared the tragic events to an episode of Inspector Morse. "Rarely in a Morse mystery are the guilty people natural criminals or low-lifers: they are people with a standing in the decent society whose order has been so violated . They have something to hide," the paper said in its leader column. First on the list is Alastair Campbell, second the BBC. In a separate comment, novelist Robert Harris asks "who will rid of us of the over-mighty Campbell?" saying the No 10 advisor "exercises an extraordinary psychological dominance over the prime minister." However Mr Harris says the existence of Mr Campbell's political diaries, said to run to over 1 million words, prevents Mr Blair from sacking his trusted media aide.
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    BBC: we won't charge for online newsCorporation says it has 'no intention' of charging – as Times and Sun owner News Corporation prepares to put up a paywalTara Conlanguardian.co.uk,
    Tuesday 24 November 2009 13.34 GMTArticle history 
    The BBC Trust chairman, Sir Michael Lyons. Photograph: Peter MacDiarmid/Getty Images

    James Murdoch with a cartoon version of his father Keith Rupert Murdoch stating that the only way media maintains it's independence is by being profit driven, however as the cartoon version of Keith Rupert Murdoch depicts, that was presented on well known the Slate Website, Keith Rupert Murdoch if often being accused of not telling the truth about by his critics, about the past, present and the future promises when he takes over his next media vehicle, whether it be television, films. newspapers, Internet etc as he is often accused  saying he will nit meddle and/or chance the fabric of a newspaper like when he took over the Times of London, and is well know to use his newspapers to achieve his and his allies political, social and business aims, as he is doing at present using them to attack the BBC and Gordon Browns  and his Labour party in Britain, in an obvious attempt to make sure that David Cameron and his Tory Party win power in the 2010 British Election., as he has done in the past to help various political parties win UK elections. Keith Rupert Murdoch and his powerful News Corp media vehicles have in the past made sure that Maggie Thatcher won power and then supported Tony Blair to win power and keep hold of power until Tony Blair resigned as Prime Minister of Britain and handed over the reigns to Gordon Brown. Keith Rupert Murdoch ad his son James Murdoch have made it clear  they have now turned on Gordon Brown and his Labour Party and supporting David Cameron and his Tory Party, because David Cameron and the Tory Party in the UK will make sure the Murdoch's get their way if David Cameron wins power, and either has the BBC dismantled and/or allowed the Murdochs and their News Corp to buy the BBC. The reason for all this is a simple business problem the Murdochs have.  They have now realised that the £4 billion and growing yearly losses of News Corp losses will not turn back into a profit unless they can set up a pay wall  and start charging for news content on the Internet. This is not possible while the BBC is in existence as a semi government organisation funded by mandatory licence fees, as it has made it clear the BBC will not be charging for news content on the Internet to its readers. So for the Murdochs and the powerful News Corp media group to financially survive in the long term they have to have the BBC dismantled or buy the BBC. Otherwise News Corp will simply eventually run out of capital making losses each year and end up in liquidation, because the reality is that hard copy newspapers are becoming a thing of the past because of the power of the Internet to provide unlimited news at the click of a mouse, from any where in the world, the home, the beach, a cafe, a bus stop and in Bin Laden's case a cave.  The other reality is that young people and in growing numbers older people as well, are simply not buying and/or reading newspapers any more and there is a growing concern of the millions of trees that is needed to be cut down to make the paper each week,  to print the millions of newspaper the Murdochs and their News Corp print each day around the world. It as become a world wide concern that the cutting of down of  millions of tress each year to print the hundreds of million newspaper, is destroying the environment but increasing the green house gas effect, and contributing to global warming, destroying the natural habitat for the wild animals, birds, frogs, fish and other living things that keep nature in balance and as has been shown  in places like Australia wherew 90% of the forests and trees have been cut down since English Settlement in the 1800's this has cause the salt it rise in the earth making the land completely unusable and barron.


     
    The BBC has today said it has "no intention" of charging for online news, in a declaration that is unlikely to please James Murdoch and his father Rupert as they prepare to start charging for News Corporation content on the internet.
    Sir Michael Lyons, the BBC Trust chairman, said the corporation has "no intention of diluting BBC commitment to universal access to free news online" as he outlined the areas director general Mark Thompson's ongoing strategic review will cover.
    The BBC's internet news operations came under fire in August at the MediaGuardian Edinburgh International Television Festival from James Murdoch, chairman and chief executive of News Corporation in Europe and Asia, who accused the corporation of "throttling" the market and preventing its competitors from launching or expanding their own services online.
    News International, the News Corp subsidiary that owns the company's British newspapers, including the Sun and the Times, is planning to start charging for its journalism online.
    Lyons said today that the BBC Trust "recognises external concerns over scale and growth of BBC online operations". But he added: "Equally, it's an immensely popular service with audiences and an important tool for the economy."
    Lyons said he wanted Thompson to ask what "licence fee payers really expect to get from their licence fee and what they might be surprised to see the BBC doing in the online world".
    He indicated that some areas, such as the iPlayer and news online, are safe when he asked: "Beyond the core offer of news, sport, education, children's and the iPlayer, which parts of the online service are essential to the BBC's mission and which could be stopped?"
    However, Lyons also questioned the future of content created for online that is not directly related to specific BBC programmes, asking, "where should the boundary be drawn" between this and "the online expression or extension of BBC programming"?
    Lyons also said the BBC Trust has asked Thompson to look at how the corporation should "serve all audiences" with "fresh and new" programmes, not a "diet of the predictable and comfortable", while "nurturing home-grown talent... across the full range of genres".
    Other questions include "does increased quality and distinctiveness come at a price?" and how can the BBC be "more open", both for "programme-makers and for audiences".
    Another concern expressed by the trust is that "if it spreads itself too thinly the BBC may lose focus on the core mission to provide fresh, new, high-quality content".
    The BBC is consulting its rivals about the strategic review, which was announced by Lyons in September, and Thompson is due to deliver his initial thoughts in the new year.
    John McVay, the Pact chief executive, said: "Rather than making cuts in content, the BBC should look at its own fixed overheads and in-house capacity. Looking to make cuts online and on-air is not the compact the BBC has with the licence fee payer."
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    Murdoch papers open fire on BBC
    Newspapers controlled by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch laid into the BBC this morning, seeking to place the blame for the death of government advisor David Kelly firmly at the feet of the corporation.

    "BBC in crisis as Blair mood swings," splashed the Times, claiming it was the corporation, rather than a battered Labour government, that was "fighting to save its credibility."

    The paper alleged the BBC may even have "sexed-up" its own coverage. "It is now the BBC that appears to have deliberately deceived viewers, listeners, its board of governors and parliament about the origins of this extraordinary battle with the government."

    "You Rat," was the splash headline in the Sun, which rounded on Andrew Gilligan, claiming that he was branding Dr Kelly "a liar" in a bid to save his job.

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    Murdoch papers open fire on BBC 

    Dominic Timms
    Monday July 21, 2003 


    Sun's Kavanagh: "Heads must roll at the BBC"
     
    Newspapers controlled by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch laid into the BBC this morning, seeking to place the blame for the death of government advisor David Kelly firmly at the feet of the corporation.
    "BBC in crisis as Blair mood swings," splashed the Times, claiming it was the corporation, rather than a battered Labour government, that was "fighting to save its credibility."

    The paper alleged the BBC may even have "sexed-up" its own coverage. "It is now the BBC that appears to have deliberately deceived viewers, listeners, its board of governors and parliament about the origins of this extraordinary battle with the government."

    "You Rat," was the splash headline in the Sun, which rounded on Andrew Gilligan, claiming that he was branding Dr Kelly "a liar" in a bid to save his job.

    In later pages it broadened its attack. "How can we ever trust the BBC again?" asks the Sun's leader. "Its behaviour over the Dr David Kelly tragedy has been disgraceful."

    "At every turn the BBC has displayed a total lack of judgement, bad faith, hypocrisy and low standards - all motivated by an absurd desire to prove it was bigger than No 10."

    "Heads must roll at the BBC," it said. "There are two tragedies to emerge from the "sexed-up" dossier shambles," wrote political editor Trevor Kavanagh on page 6. "First is the death of decent David Kelly... [the second] the death of the BBC's priceless reputation for integrity." 

    "Mr Sambrook cannot stay," Kavanagh went on to say, referring to the BBC's director of news, who mounted a robust defence of both Gilligan and the story. "But the biggest BBC scalp may be its mild-mannered chairman Gavyn Davies."

    But it was not just the Murdoch-controlled Sun and Times that lambasted the BBC's role in Dr Kelly's tragic death.

    The Financial Times was equally critical. A "reeling" BBC faces "the largest damage limitation exercise, arguably of its 76-year history," it said. In comparison, Tony Blair had "weathered the immediate crisis" after an "air of panic" gripped Downing Street on Friday.

    The Telegraph bizarrely compared the tragic events to an episode of Inspector Morse. "Rarely in a Morse mystery are the guilty people natural criminals or low-lifers: they are people with a standing in the decent society whose order has been so violated . They have something to hide," the paper said in its leader column.

    First on the list is Alastair Campbell, second the BBC. In a separate comment, novelist Robert Harris asks "who will rid of us of the over-mighty Campbell?" saying the No 10 advisor "exercises an extraordinary psychological dominance over the prime minister." However Mr Harris says the existence of Mr Campbell's political diaries, said to run to over 1 million words, prevents Mr Blair from sacking his trusted media aide.


     
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    BBC's expansion drive is 'chilling' says James Murdoch
    By PAUL REVOIR
    Last updated at 5:18 PM on 29th August 2009 James Murdoch last night launched a vicious attack on the BBC, claiming the scale of its activities is 'chilling'.He branded the licence fee a 'regressive tax' that penalised the poor and said the corporation's dominance of the market was 'Orwellian' and stifled broadcasting.Mr Murdoch, the heir apparent to his father Rupert's global media empire, was scathing about the way the BBC has encroached into commercial areas.Giving the keynote MacTaggart speech at the Edinburgh TV festival, he singled out the way Radio 2 had chased younger listeners to the detriment of the rest of the market and hit out at the 'nationalisation' of the Lonely Planet travel guides bought by the BBC.He also criticised the broadcaster's governing body, the BBC Trust, branding its record 'abysmal' for allowing the corporation to grow unchecked.Mr Murdoch, 36, the chairman and chief executive of News Corporation in Europe and Asia, said a radical overhaul was needed to secure the independence of journalism rather than let news provision become dominated by the BBC.He said: 'The land grab is spearheaded by the BBC. The scale and scope of its current and future ambitions is chilling.'Rather than concentrating on areas where the market is not delivering, the BBC seeks to compete head on for audiences with commercial providers to try and shore up support - or more accurately dampen opposition - to a compulsory licence fee.'He criticised Radio 2 for ignoring its remit and pursuing younger listeners who were already 'well served' by commercial stations.Mr Murdoch said: 'Performers like Jonathan Ross were recruited on salaries no commercial competitor could afford and audiences for Radio 2 have grown steadily as a result.'He described the BBC's decision to buy Lonely Planet as 'a particularly egregious example of the expansion of the state'.His speech last night to a hall packed with the UK's top broadcasting executives comes 20 years after his father's famous MacTaggart address.Rupert Murdoch's predictions have been described as an 'uncannily accurate manifesto' for the digital era.
    He predicted that TV sets of the future would be 'linked by fibre optic cable to a global cornucopia of programming and nearly infinite libraries of data, education and entertainment. All with full interactivity.'In response to James Murdoch's speech, the chairman of the BBC Trust Sir Michael Lyons said that British broadcasting is admired around the world.But, he admitted, 'there are current problems and they need to be addressed'.'Our starting point is what is in the interests of the public, and the BBC agrees with James Murdoch's analysis that we need to trust them,' he said.'And the public tell us that they, in turn, trust the BBC and value the wide range of services we provide.'He added: 'As to the BBC Trust, let me underline that it is here to strengthen the BBC for the benefit of licence fee payers, not to emasculate it on behalf of commercial interests.'
    BBC executive Jana Bennett was also under fire from the Conservative Party after saying it would be wrong for the BBC to publish the salaries of its top talent. Enlarge 

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    Australian ABC Chief _ Scott slams Murdoch's BBC attack
     

    Scott slams Murdoch's BBC attack

    Posted Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:12am AEST Updated Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:41pm AEST

    ABC managing director Mark Scott has rejected James Murdoch's stinging attack on the BBC, as commercial news services consider charging for their content.

    During last month's MacTaggart Lecture, Mr Murdoch said the BBC was crowding out new and existing news providers because of its guaranteed and growing government income, arguing the only reliable and perpetual guarantor of independence is profit.

    In his CBA Lecture speech in London last night, Mr Scott dismissed Mr Murdoch's idea, saying that charging citizens to access news was not the way to rectify an existing imbalance "or promote a more meaningful democracy".

    "But strip away the lofty language, and you see that the James Murdoch solution is less about making a contribution to public policy than it is getting rid of the BBC's services, effectively destroying the BBC as we know it - a tragedy for the UK - a tragedy for the world," Mr Scott said.

    "It would mean ending the mixed economy in provision of news - introducing a purely commercial service would impose a limitation on diversity of views far greater than any we now know."

    Mr Scott said there should be public funding for public purposes.

    "I do not want the ABC to go down the path were we take an aggressive commercial line, including advertising, to fill our coffers and fund our ambitions," he said.

    But Mr Scott did criticise the BBC's licence fee model for being a "regressive tax", with "the burden falling hardest on those who can least afford to pay it".

    "Those who use the BBC most are least likely to object to it; those who don't use it permanently resent it; and those like James Murdoch, who want to limit the BBC to the point of irrelevance, are able to piggyback their anti-BBC arguments onto that resentment," he said.

    He said in comparison, the ABC model was seen as part of the greater public good, funded through taxation.

    "Not everyone watches or listens to the ABC in Australia, but almost universally, everyone is glad it's there. There is a sense the ABC provides unique services, distinctive services," he said.

    "At times of national emergency, like the tragic Victorian bushfires early this year, we have an important role to play."

    Mr Scott admitted he was envious of the BBC's funding, but was not willing to go down the licence fee path.

    "I must say, when I arrived at the ABC, I looked across the lush fields of the BBC with envy. I quickly did the shorthand. Ten times the money, to service three times the population, on a geography - from an Australian perspective - the size of a postage stamp," he said.

    "The licence fee that funded the ABC had been abolished for more than three decades. I suspect, had I been asked, I would have been keen to get some of that licence fee action again, but now three years on, I am exercising my option to change my mind."

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    Murdoch may block Google searches

    Rupert Murdoch has said he will try to block Google from using news content from his companies.

    The billionaire told Sky News Australia he will explore ways to remove stories from Google's search indexes, including Google News.

    Mr Murdoch's News Corp had previously said it would start charging online customers across all its websites.

    He believes that search engines cannot legally use headlines and paragraphs of news stories as search results.

    "There's a doctrine called 'fair use', which we believe to be challenged in the courts and would bar it altogether," Mr Murdoch told the TV channel. "But we'll take that slowly."

    Mr Murdoch announced earlier this year that the websites of his news organisations would begin charging for access.

    The target had been for all its sites to charge by June next year, but indications are that this is now unlikely.

    News Corp owns the Times and Sun newspapers in the UK and the New York Post and Wall Street Journal in the US.

    Newspapers across the world are considering the best way to make money from the internet, particularly in a time of falling advertising revenues.

    The risk is that charges may alienate readers who have become used to free content and deter advertisers.

    Mr Murdoch has come out strongly against free access online
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    Murdoch slams BBC dominance

    By Europe correspondent Emma Alberici and wires

    Posted Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:00am AEST Updated Sat Aug 29, 2009 6:35am AEST

    News Corporation's James Murdoch has launched a stinging attack against the British government and the BBC in a speech in Edinburgh.

    Mr Murdoch compared British media authorities to creationists that believe they always know best, which he said was wrong. Giving the MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh Television Festival 20 years after father Rupert Murdoch addressed the same meeting, he said the lines between different forms of media - television, newspapers and publishing - had blurred but broadcasting alone remained centrally planned. "We have analogue attitudes in a digital age," he said. The government regulated the media industries "with relish", he said, and had created unaccountable institutions such as the BBC Trust, Channel 4 - which has a public-service remit but is advertising-funded - and regulator Ofcom. "The BBC is dominant," said Mr Murdoch, who is also non-executive chairman of pay-TV firm BSkyB. "Other organisations might rise and fall but the BBC's income is guaranteed and growing." While the financial crisis had crimped revenue at rival television companies, he said the BBC's government income, which reached $9 billion this year, is crowding out the opportunities for commercial profit. "The only reliable, durable, and perpetual guarantor of independence is profit," he said.

     

    'Threat to independence'

     

    Mr Murdoch said the BBC was crowding out new and existing news providers. "The scale and scope of [the BBC's] current activities and future ambitions is chilling," he said. "In this all-media marketplace, the expansion of state-sponsored journalism is a threat to the plurality and independence of news provision, which are so important for our democracy.  "Dumping free, state-sponsored news on the market makes it incredibly difficult for journalism to flourish on the Internet." Mr Murdoch said government intervention was curbing free speech and it would be better served by adhering to the principles of free enterprise - namely the need to make a profit - and trusting customers to pay for the news they valued. "It is essential for the future of independent digital journalism that a fair price can be charged for news to people who value it," he said.

    Mr Murdoch is considered the most likely successor for the top job at News Corporation when his father retires.

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    Is free news a thing of the past?

     

    By Clare Davidson  Business reporter, BBC News

    In recent years, we have grown accustomed to the idea that news is free.

    Distributors of free newspapers thrust their product upon you on the street, and much newspaper content is freely available online.

    But Rupert Murdoch's latest move could mark a bold change.

    The media tycoon has said his News Corp will charge online customers for news content across all its websites.

    Alfonso Marone, analyst and partner at Value Partners Group summarises the problem: "Online advertising is not working, so [News Corp] is basically asking itself, 'What can we do'."

    Business model

    "The challenge with digital media is how to monetise it," says Mathew Horsman, an analyst at Mediatique. A new pricing model has to be developed, he explains.

    Analysts cite the Financial Times and Wall Street Journal - which is owned by New Corp - as successful models.

    In its recent earnings report, the Financial Times said it was seeking to rely less on advertising revenue - which has fallen significantly during the recession - and more on subscriptions.

    But Douglas McCabe, an analyst at Enders, says these websites both fit "very firmly" in the business content category - not the general news model.

    They provide specialist news and charge for premium content.

    "Businesses [which tend to subscribe the the FT or Wall Street Journal] are used to digitally delivered newswires, they are familiar with paying for news," says Mr McCabe.

    But for other types of news, this is not the case.

    Entertainment

    So clearly, consumers are more keen to pay for some forms or content over others.

    People pay when you have given them what they want or you make it "impossible to do anything else", says Mr Horsman.

    In this category comes live sports coverage, Hollywood films, and some specialist interest content - in general terms, entertainment.

    But for news, it is harder. If, for example, an election is made freely available on several outlets it is unclear why individuals would pay for such coverage.

    Today there is huge choice at no cost. Audiences aren't as loyal; they don't need to be.

    Newspapers worked because they were a package. But once you start breaking it up, people are far less prepared to pay for segments, analysts argue.

    'Oil tanker'

    Mr McCabe predicts some forms of charging will emerge and different models will be tested.

    "The problem is that it will never be of the monetary volume that is enjoyed today for newspapers."

    He says attempts to transfer the old newspaper model online is "like an oil tanker - it's too difficult to turn around".

    Newspapers will need to think differently about their audiences and how to segment them as well as think about how to divide content, according to their strengths, he argues.

    So the key is to not to have everything freely available - to have a model in which there is free content, but there is also more specialised, bespoke, paid-for content.

    "There has to be more to do than watching each other's Twitters. We want narrative and quality," says Mr Horsman.

    Intermediary

    For others, ease of access is key.

    Mr Marcone believes that a micro-charging structure, where readers pay just 5p or 10p to access an article, might work.

    "This is less than the price of an SMS [text message]. Each 5p or 10p adds up to a significant number".

    But he warns that it would be hard to make people open accounts for individual papers.

    Instead, intermediaries could provide access to a range of publications.

    Mr McCabe says: "Intermediaries might work, but they won't start tomorrow." In the interim, a mixture of micro-charging and subscriptions is likely to continue.

    The news landscape has changed dramatically in the past decade, and so have our news habits.

    However News Corp develops its new charging model, it seems clear that media firms will have to try an alternative to both the paid for traditional newspaper and the everything-is-free online model.

    Even if News Corp does start charging and others follow suit, analysts say doing a U-turn on the free news model will be hard to pull off.

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    Never mind the battle between the BBC and the Blair government. The real nemesis of the all-powerful British broadcasting institution is Murdoch

    Just as Americans are discovering the joys of the BBC—BBC America viewership rocketed during the Iraq war—the world’s most influential and trusted media organization is up against it at home.

     

     

    The drama isn’t merely over Andrew Gilligan, the BBC reporter whose accusation that the Blair administration “sexed up” the WMD dossier led, in turn, to the government’s war against the BBC and to the suicide of weapons expert and BBC source David Kelly. Rather, the issue with the BBC is something like the issue with all progressive governments, and benighted liberalism, and socially good intentions. Its very success—and the sanctimony inherent in its success—really annoys people.

    I just got back from BBC-land. It’s statism of a high order—vast, pervasive, in every pore of everyone’s being. I went to the Edinburgh International Television Festival, which is like going to a great party congress. It is not just that everyone in UK television is there, but that everyone in UK television is of the BBC, or in orbit around the BBC, or, in some psychologically hard-to-parse way, inhabited by the BBC. It is greater than AOL Time Warner (greater than AOL Time Warner, Viacom, Disney, and News Corp. combined). Even greater in its dominance than the monopoly on political and media power held by Silvio Berlusconi, Italy’s prime minister, who personally controls the overwhelming share of his nation’s media. And even this does not, I think, adequately describe the relationship of British media people—or, indeed, all Britons—to the BBC. The Beeb. Auntie.

     

     

     

    It may just be more accurate to say that the BBC is Britain. Certainly, the legions of BBC defenders and partisans all but argue that there may not be a Britain without the BBC.

    The fight, therefore, to protect the BBC or to dismantle the BBC is a fight for something like the soul of Englishmen everywhere.

    The mood of the BBC faithful in Edinburgh was self-congratulatory (self-congratulation seems to be in the BBC DNA), but with a sneer of pugnaciousness. Take your best shot. There was, of course, in every newspaper, and in every conversation, as constant background to the three-day Edinburgh conference, the Hutton Inquiry—the blow-by-blow, who-said-what-to- whom public excavation of blame for the death of David Kelly. It was the Blair government against the BBC. Something like, people said, the independent counsel against Bill Clinton. That big. One might not survive (although there seemed to be little doubt about who might not survive).

    And then in Edinburgh, in spirit if not in person, there was the BBC’s other blood enemy: Murdoch. (Murdoch’s papers, the Sun and the London Times, seemed to conclude every day in their coverage of the Hutton Inquiry that the BBC had, for all intents and purposes, killed David Kelly.)

    The historic polarity in British society has been upper class/lower class, Labor/Tory, Thatcher/anti-Thatcher. The polarity was now more precisely BBC/Murdoch.

     

     

    But the themes were the same. The BBC was the Establishment. Murdoch, the rude insurgent. With a certain historical inevitability on his side. Indeed, the success of Murdoch’s multichannel BSkyB—not just a satellite operation but a Murdochian news and entertainment network—was possibly the most significant business development in the UK since Murdoch and Thatcher together broke the unions.

    Murdoch’s ranking British executive, Tony Ball, the CEO of Sky (BBC people refer to him as Murdoch’s henchman), was to deliver the main address of the conference, the fabled MacTaggert Lecture, which sets the theme for the British media year (Murdoch himself had delivered the MacTaggert in 1989—in a speech that people still talk about as though Churchill or Enoch Powell had given it; three years ago, Murdoch’s son, James, had delivered the junior version, the Alternative MacTaggert, as his formal debut in media society).

     

     

    But beyond Blair and Murdoch, there was for the BBC, evident in Edinburgh as well as throughout the country (countless polls were cited), an even larger enemy: public disgruntlement.

    It was a consumer thing. A big-government thing. A fuck-you thing. A tax thing.

    The BBC, in some prehistoric media logic, is supported by a tax paid by every British household that owns one or more televisions. This compulsory tax, paid by the rich as well as the poor, arrives every year as a bill for £116 ($183). If you don’t pay it (and only 7 percent fail to pay it), the BBC can put you in jail. The tax, which like all taxes is always going up, raises as much as £2.5 billion for the BBC every year (and because there are always more households, every year it raises more). Since the BBC itself collects it, nobody in government can reapportion it or redistribute it—the BBC, unlike every other public-broadcasting system in the world, is not only well funded but well protected from politicians.

    Except.

    Every ten years, there’s a “charter review” in which the budget and performance of the BBC is assessed by a blue-ribbon commission. The next review is in 2006. If the BBC is the most influential institution in British life—the true monarchy—then obviously the charter review is the nation’s most profound political fight.It’s a fight for the public heart—as well as for control of a big bureaucracy. And, of course, it’s also a fight for opportunities. About getting a piece of the pie. Or at least it’s a fight about Murdoch’s piece of the pie. Indeed, some liberals would argue that since it is impossible to be politically successful in the UK without at least the tacit support of Murdoch, and given that Blair and Murdoch have brokered a mutually satisfactory relationship, the BBC’s battle with Blair is just another proxy battle with Murdoch.



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    NewsFilm Online - RUPERT MURDOCH: BBC CRITICISM:

    RUPERT MURDOCH: BBC CRITICISM: Access this item: Programme Title: NEWS AT TEN Series Title: ITV Late Evening News Year: 1998. Date: 06/04/1998 ...
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    BBC's Robert Peston in furious face-to-face row with James Murdoch ...

    The BBC 's business editor, Robert Peston , was involved in an astonishing slanging match with James Murdoch following the News Corporation chief's speech ...
    www.twine.com/.../bbc-s-robert-peston-in-furious-face-to-face-row-with-james-murdoch-media-the-observer 
     

    Twitter Trackbacks for Roy Greenslade: Murdoch may sue BBC over ...

    10 Nov 2009 ... Ruppert Murdock claims BBC steals newspaper content and he will sue http://bit.ly/4nYEzh (via @robbmontgomery)#twitternewschat ...
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    Scott slams Murdoch's BBC attack | Clipmarks

    Like father, like son, against anything that deprives them of money ( the sole purpose for being on this planet ) or can't be bought.
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    BBC - BBC Four - Audio Interviews - Iris Murdoch

    Born in Dublin of Anglo-Irish parentage, Iris Murdoch moved to England with her family at an early age and was educated at Badminton School, ...
    www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/voices/profilepages/murdochi1.shtml

     

    The BBC backlash: Thompson hits out at Murdoch - TV & Radio, Media ...

    10 Sep 2009 ... Can we not just have a ban on the Murdoch's anti BBC comments? We all know they don't have the industry's best interests at heart, ...
    www.independent.co.uk/.../the-bbc-backlash-thompson-hits-out-at-murdoch-1784487.html 
     

    BBC Sport - Winter Sports - Murdoch starts with two victories

    5 Dec 2009 ... World Champion David Murdoch makes a good start to his European Curling Championships campaign.
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    Peston responds to Murdoch's BBC bashing

    29 August, 2009 | By Emily Booth

    EDINBURGH: Robert Peston has admitted that the BBC’s offering – particularly its online news – may look like “unfair competition” in a news market where commercial players are moving to charge for online access.

     

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    Of Murdoch, the BBC and Google

    An interesting Observer today (for a change) which has prompted some thoughts on the Murdoch/BBC and Google Books debates.

     

    First up, Murdoch. The Observer gave continuing coverage to the reaction following on from James Murdoch's speech in its story about a dinner row between Robert Peston and Murdoch(!) Murdoch's argument, in case you missed it, is that the BBC is "state-sponsored" media and because of the "hypothecated tax" of the licence fee can ride rough-shod over the interests of commercial broadcasters. A comment piece by Will Hutton arguing that Murdoch's arguments at the Edinburgh Television Festival were "specious and out of date" puts the counter position very nicely; Murdoch is hardly without an axe to grind and if we want to look to examples of market distortion then we have his own company, Sky's own past practices to study. It was the voracious bidding for sports rights - cross subsidised by the vast Murdoch media empire - which set up Sky for its own meteroric rise to (pay TV) market dominance. The complaints about the BBC from Murdoch, and other parts of the media, look more like a hurt industry looking around for someone to blame as ad markets go south. Google is the other target, as well as, more generally, "the internet". In fact, the traditional media industry has seen steady declines for years. The biggest problem is not the BBC or the internet but the industry's own lack of foresight in building out multiple revenue streams. All businesses need a mix of models if they are not to suffer disproportionately in the downturn (even as they capitalise disproportionately in the upturn). The healthiest have a blend of cyclical and counter-cyclical models and a spread of markets and sectors. The very characteristic of the BBC that Murdoch is complaining of - the fact that it is too big and is into everything - will probably turn out to be its achilles heel. It is very unlikely that the BBC will enjoy above-inflation increases in the licence fee in the future - in fact, if the Tory's win the next election a cut is probably on the cards. This means that its self-proclaimed need to cover the widest possible remit will see it stretching its resources more and more. This in turn means that those in the niches will beat the BBC in their particular parts of the market. Already, the BBC is not best for sport, and it shouldn't be the best for hyper-local services, either, once those really get going. My own company, Reed Business Information, is in 17 business-to-business markets in the UK and in none of them are we beaten by the BBC - or for that matter Google. We have simply more resources relative to our niches. Does the same argument then apply to Google. Well, yes and no. In its feature on the project by Google to digitise all the world's books - and more particularly the out of court settlement in the US which gives it protection from copyright suits - the Observer sets out the benefits and the pitfalls of Google's adventure into books. It is undoubtedly a good thing that all the worlds books be available to everyone - just think what that could do for education in the developing world, for example. But there are clearly dangers if Google, as a commercial enterprise, has exclusive rights to those books. Google argues that it is motivated by philanthropy - we have only their word for that, and circumstances can change. There are parallels here with Sky and sports rights. Sky was able to outbid the incumbents and therefore won a major advantage in the market place. Google, by virtue of their exceptionally deep pockets and technical skills has been able to accomplish something in the book field that many thought impossible. If competition is to reign then there either needs to be a second digital library of all the world's books (who would want Microsoft, for instance, as one of the few companies with deep enough pockets, as an alternative?) or some other plan needs to be considered. How about an international equivalent of the British Library, perhaps as a branch of the United Nations, mandated with digitising every book and making them available at a nominal (or no) cost to anyone who wants to build a service on top of the basic library? A sort of digital Library of Alexandria? There would be a lot of detail to be worked out, but nobody said this transition to a better digital world wouldn't be complicated! The comment piece arguing that Google needed to be policed so that its power in the digital space isn't monopolised is I think well argued; clearly there have been huge benefits from Google's efforts to digitise the world's information (the digital map space wouldn't exist in its current excellent form had it not been for Google's determination and ingenuity. However, beware the unintended consequences.
     

    James Murdoch targets BBC 'land-grabbing'

    The BBC needs taming and a radical overhaul of regulation is crucial to securing the future of UK broadcasting, says James Murdoch, the chief executive and chairman of News Corporation.

    Amanda Andrews  Published: 8:34PM BST 28 Aug 2009

    In his MacTaggart Lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival yesterday, Mr Murdoch went short of calling for the abolition of the BBC licence fee, although he asked for the corporation's remit and governance to be drastically changed and brought back to basics. "The land grab is spear-headed by the BBC. The scale and scope of its current activities and future ambitions is chilling," he said. He also highlighted the BBC Trust's "abysmal record", citing the example of the "overt recklessness" of the trust's failure to question why BBC Worldwide was allowed to acquire a majority stake in the Lonely Planet travel guides. In its defence, the chairman of the BBC Trust, Sir Michael Lyons, last night highlighted its remit "to strengthen the BBC for the benefit of licence fee payers, not to emasculate it on behalf of its commercial interests". Mr Murdoch added that a "radical reorientation" of regulation is necessary to secure "dynamism and innovation" in the UK broadcasting sector. Regulators, he said, are intervening too much, which is leading to a fall in innovation and creativity. The answer, he said, is for regulators to intervene only on evidence of "actual and serious harm" and in the interest of consumers, "not merely because a regulator armed with a set of prejudices and a spreadsheet believes that a bit of tinkering here and there could make the world a better place". He added that too much regulation of broadcasters is responsible for Google's ability to gain a higher percentage of advertising spend in the UK than anywhere else in the world. Mr Murdoch believes communication regulator Ofcom's "repeated assertion of its bias against intervention" is becoming "impossible to believe". He argued that the UK broadcasting sector is wrongly governed by "creationism" – the belief in a process managed by a single omniscient authority – and it needs to be more "evolutionary". Creationism serves to create "unaccountable institutions", mentioning the BBC Trust, Channel 4 and Ofcom. Topical, he says, being the 150th anniversary of Darwin's On The Origin of Species. "The creationist approach is similar to the industrial planning which went out of fashion in other sectors in the 1970s," he said, adding that this approach only serves to penalise the poor with "regressive taxes and policies – like the licence fee and digital switchover". There was some clear self-interest in Mr Murdoch's speech. The comments follow repeated criticism of UK broadcasting regulation by BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster that Mr Murdoch chairs. Proposals from Ofcom that BSkyB could be forced to share premium content with rivals were unsurprisingly disputed by BSkyB. The broadcaster slammed UK regulators for effectively discouraging innovation by taking such an approach. "You don't need to scratch the surface to see that opportunities for media businesses are limited, investment and innovation are constrained and creativity is reduced," he said, adding: "A radical reorientation of the regulatory approach is necessary if dynamism and innovation is going to be central to the UK media industry." Mr Murdoch said the decline in advertising is making the situation for UK broadcasters difficult enough, with the heavily-controlled UK industry as dreary as "the Addams family" and over-regulated UK media groups worse off than those in other countries in which News International operates. "Thanks to Darwin we understand that the evolution of a successful species is an unmanaged process," he added, suggesting that continuing with the creationist approach will damage UK broadcasters.


    Comments:
    Rupert Murdoch is a media genius; His son is ..well...daddy's boy. We might as well give all of Einstein's offspring Nobel prizes as listen to this overpromoted office junior. Eric Skelton 29 August, 2009
    Watching Skys output here, I can see most is not actually true, Skysports so far this month has come up with any number of football transfer stories quoting "Sky Sources" which in my mind is a couple of hacks in the office bouncing stories off one another. Pulling a players name out of one hat and then a club out of another. Stick to what we know, Sky will either make up news or put their own biased slant on stories. Mike August 31, 2009

    Here Here Mr. Murdoch! The State controlled organ of media does not participate in the marketplace of ideas. It forces fees on everyone and delivers a sole point of view. if someone disagrees, they have not the resources of a forced tax to broadcast the opposing view. Whatever one thinks of Mr. Murdoch's politics is irrelevant, all should be concerned where news becomes an organ of the State, rather than of free individuals. It is not wrong for Mr. Murdoch to be self interested, it is wrong that all in the media aren't self interested enough to have their ideas sink or fall on their own merit, rather than on a forced tax. El Jefe August 31, 2009
    Here here to what Andrew from SoCal said...American posters please stay out of this debate (read it yes, but do not post). I posted a comment on a science magazine website about US healthcare and a lot of Brits logged on to chastise me with zero knowledge of our system. I likewise believe we Americans should stay out of this conversation. We fought a war once and are now amicable exes. Would you get into your ex's business? I think not. (I hope to visit you soon though!) Jerry August 31, 2009
    As I have said before paying the BBC licence fee is for me like being foirced to contribute to the IRA "hat" in a bar in Kilburn in the 80s. I utterly disagree with pretty much all that they stand for, yet am compelled to pay as the consequences of non-payment would be worse than swallowing my pride and my ethical and moral reservations. The BBC having become so highly politicised in the worst sense of the word mhas lost its right to make claims on the average person's purse since there is a very good chance that the person paying will feel the same way as I do about their politics and worldview. If those who share its worldview wish to continue to contribute, fine it is their money. But for the rest of us, the Tories should once elected free us from payment of this unfair poll tax. Billy Barnett. August 31, 2009
    I do wish the next Conservative Government would abolish the license fee and let the BBC live in the real world. I do not listen to or watch the BBC. It is left wing and anti USA and anti Israel. It extorts ?3.5 billion per annum from we taxpayers whether we watch it or not. That money is used to pump out pro EU, anti American and 'Michael Moore' type versions of world events. It is also a money trough for its own overpaid employees as recent scandals have shown. I do not care what stance the BBC takes but why should I pay for it ? The BBC licence fee is extorted money. Can one imagine having to pay a compulsory tax to say Tesco when one always shops at Sainsbury's ? Same situation.
    I am no fan of the Murdoch Empire because they are in search of their own monopoly. But I watch all the TV I want for free and if I wish to subscribe to Sky or Virgin etc I can do so freely - and not be prosecuted for avoiding any fee Mike August 30, 2009
    Government is nothing but organized crime in which politicians (via the army of like-minded government employee) forcibly take your freedom and your property to keep or use as they see fit, skimming off some of your property for themselves and redistributing some to people who vote for them. News Corp and other private entities cannot seize your freedom or property unless they become a wing of government like the BBC. The Third Way socialism (where politicians extort private entities to act on behalf of government officials) implemented by Hitler, FDR and others in the 1930's is alive and well. It is, and always will be, us against government employees and those they press into service for them. The only healthy government is one whose politicians fear its well armed (physically and intellectually) citizens. SharpShtik August 30, 2009
    As an American, I can tell you that the BBC, though left leaning, does attempt to provide accurate news and to better the world. The Murdochs, who are citizens of neither of our countries, care about their own money and nothing else. The Fox network does its best to whip up hysteria and promote conflict between 'liberals' and 'conservatives' in America. This is all for ratings and has nothing to do with the common good. Joe August 30, 2009
    Are you suggesting that ABC, CBS, CNN don't tell people what they want to hear? They wouldn't be guilty of the same thing 100 years ago? You don't like FOX news so they are either racist now or 100 years ago. The difference between the BBC and FOX is that one is a service provided by Big Brother and the other has to pay it's own bills.BJ
    Rupert Mardoch is a stupid and greedy conservative. He is just trying to harm BBC, the only independent News organization in UK, so that in future he can try to grab it for his own agenda. What a crook. Hope the UK people are not that stupid chou August 30, 2009
    FOX News has made a fortunate telling people what they want to hear. Everyone knows that if FOX News was around 100 years ago that they'd be spewing racist rhetoric because FOX News tells people whatever they want to hear, regardless of it's consequences for society or whether it is right. It's ALL about the money for FOX News BJ
    Under cover of objectivity, government programming will always promote greater government control and increased tax burden on citizens for services they don't need or want. That is in the interest of the government employees who run these services. Marcia August 30, 2009
    The difference between BBC and BSkyB is that you don't have to pay for the latter if you don't want it or like it. It lives or dies based on making its customers happy. BBC, on the other hand, has no need whatsoever to present anything valuable to the public because its customers are politicians - not viewers. Oh, and you have to pay for the BBC whether you want it or not. How honest can you possibly be when you report on your own paymaster? (and then ask them for more money and regulations hampering your competitors) The rest of the world has other options because of satellites. BBC is a relic. Just like Pravda Bruce Stravinsky. August 30, 2009
    Thank you all so much. After reading this article and the comments, I immediately turned to Fox and looked for advertisers to support. It's sad that most of you are so scared of thinking or having to make your own decisions. I work with a person from England, he likes to say he is English not British. He hates Fox as much as you. He repeats the socialist party line as if it was the only truth. Anyone who doesn't agree must be stupid or an agent of some mysterious right wing conspiracy. Since he doesn't even understand the content of what he is saying, he always responds with personal attacks. Enjoy your oil. Dan August 30, 2009
    Can anyone here refute James Murdoch's point that the taxpayer-funded BBC has no business buying a majority stake in a travel guide publisher? Paul August 30, 2009
    For all it's faults, if the alternative to the BBC is the "fair and balanced' Murdoch news i know what i want. Paul Kingsley August 30, 2009
    I would like to suggest that my fellow Americans stay out of this debate. Let the Brits sort it out for themselves. They don't need our stupid advice. The notion that there is any parallel between tv in the UK and tv in the States is strained to say the least. And to my mates in the UK; please don't listen to the over-blown cliches about FOX News over here. The fact that their audience has grown enormously in the last few years can be due to at least two possibilities: 1) the American public is a bunch of Right-wing gun-toting religious bigoted whackos who FOX is feeding the raw meat they want to gobble up, or 2) Fox is the only news group willing to question why the Yankee lemmings are rushing lock-step toward the cliffs! I have actually gone days here in the States without seeing a single gun-toter, or bunch of white-hooded guys riding around in gas-guzzling pick-up trucks ...hard to believe isn't it? Andrew from So California. August 30, 2009
    Padraig, Hitler, Khan, Hannibal, The Romans!!!, Alexander the Great, and Murdoch. Are you serious right now? Don't compare him to Melon or Rockefeller or somebody, he is much more like Genghis Khan and every last Roman. Give me a break. J August 30, 2009
    It beggars belief that the Murdoch fiefdom can crticise the BEEB for a 'land grab'..talk about pot calling the kettle black....they have strangled the satellite network and stuffed it full of rubbish with increasing Advert %'s.
    Along with this the creeping amount of premium rated content is ripping off all subscribers. Shidifu August 30, 2009
    paying twice on sky for total dross just cancelled my times paper money saveing,one year new laptop,this is murdochs big problem. Terence Sullivan August 30, 2009
    Alexander the Great, the Romans, Hannibal, Genghis Khan and Hitler - they all wanted to dominate the world. Rupert Murdoch has tried to improve on their global efforts in terms of being The Force in media. In many ways, he has had an appallingly negative effect in the UK and US by virtue of exerting political pressure by media. Essentially, he has been the modern day William Hearst of newspapers, whilst having the shadow political influence of Joseph Kennedy. Who cares what vision he or his family have for the world? That's called megalomania. However, having got into financial difficulties again, the dynasty is desperately trying to save itself by hypocritically complaining about the "dominance" of the BBC. Padraig August 30, 2009 Before anyone is allowed by law to read a newspaper of their choice they will have to pay for the Guardian even if they do not wish to read it. Makes sense doesn?t it? Marky August 30, 2009 The biggest flaw with the licence fee is that it makes the BBC dependent on the goodwill of politicians. Thus Government, rather than the licence fee payers, is regarded as the paymaster. The BBC sacrificed its independence when it caved in over the WMD affair. It needs a strong Director-General who will concentrate on the core business, of making programmes the public want. The BBC Trust is a travesty, which will consider complaints only if they do not have to do with "editorial and creative content". Which rules out most of what people complain about. And the way the complaints process is operated also needs radical overhaul. But, we don't need James Murdoch to tell us what we already know. Barry McCanna 30 August, 2009
    Well you would expect this from James Murdoch. Sky is a monopoly and of course he will want any competition dismatled! David August 30, 2009
    We've found over here in the US that our National Public Radio (NPR) and our Public Broadcasting System (PBS) pushes a patter of cartoon-like pablum of 'serious-minded adults'. They sound so 'reassuringly mild and intelligent' to the ears of wannabe smarties eager to self-display their magically gained "intelligence" simply by having listened to any NPR/PBS outlet. So easy. These publicly-funded intelli-clowns keep their cozy, highly-controlled sounds so falsely upbeat as to stifle all inquiry into their stealthily-embedded lies which they cleverly produce for us, their would-be compliant kool-aide drunk audience out here. BBC is similar, cleverly boring in it's government committee-approved presentations, paid for by the endlessly deep pockets of the collapsing British economy. Hapless Brits do what many Americans do: cling to their MSM engendered religion of Big Daddy Government Knows All. They desperately cleave to BBC, CNN, or NBC: to fearfully keep at safe bay any real news. Orwell knew his stuff. Miguel
    "This coming from a man whose religious clique has decided views on the rest of us non-believers." So you are saying "all Christians" prejudge you some way? Are you not prejudging "all Christians" yourself by assuming that? J. 30 August, 2009.
    Pot calling the kettle black? Thomas Mortley August 30, 2009
    Living in the USA these days, I could be subjected to Fox News - part of the Murdoch empire. I shan't go into why I refuse to watch it other than to say that the use of presenters like Beck,Hannigan and, to a lesser extent, O'Reilly makes me realise that, for all its many faults, the BBC is fortunately not in the same league of ultra right-wing/quasi religious/synical gun law support as Murdoch's media. In this age of exaggeration for effect I merely invite opponents of the BBC to tune in to Fox News USA. Most exiled Brits I know over here feel exactly the same revulsion. The latest travesty was when Beck denounced Obama as a 'racist'. This coming from a man whose religious clique has decided views on the rest of us non-believers . Ken Hall 30 August, 2009
    Simon Coulter thinks you would "pay only for what you want" under a Murdoch regime. Simon, have you ever heard of bundling? To get what you want from News Corp's pay TV arm anywhere in the world, you have to pay for many channels that you don't want, because you can only pick and choose between bundled packages of channels. Be careful what you wish for, Simon. The NHS was never the envy of the world, but the BBC is, and always has been. Keith McLennan
    The UK has the best publicly owned bradcasting company in the World. The last person to take notice of is a member of the Murdoch clan, whose only interest is accumulating a greater powerbase at the xpense of honest reporting. I don't and never have watched Sky or any other of the Murdoch networks and would advise everyone else to do likewise. I can go to many coutries around the world and watch well produced articulate and intelligent programmes from the best publicly owned bradcaster around.The UK has the best publicly owned bradcasting company in the World. The last person to take notice of is a member of the Murdoch clan, whose only interest is accumulating a greater powerbase at the xpense of honest reporting. I don't and never have watched Sky or any other of the Murdoch networks and would advise everyone else to do likewise. I can go to many coutries around the world and watch well produced articulate and intelligent programmes from the best publicly owned bradcaster around. John Scruton 30 August, 2009
    It's not Fox news, it's Faux News. Thomas Mortley 30 August, 2009
    Murdock is partly right but misses the point that:
    It is bad enough for the public having to tolerate the left wing, politically correct, minority focused, corrosive brainwashing we endure 24 hours a day, WITHOUT THE ADDED INSULT OF BEING FORCED TO PAY FOR IT!
    SCRAP THE LICENCE FEE. James Bradley 30 August, 2009
    Obviously Murdoch is speaking out in the hope of getting something. As for some of the other comments about which side Murdoch is on, well the answer is that Murdoch is only on Murdoch's own side. I see comments that he is a fervent supporter of Bush but on this side of the Atlantic he favours Zanuliebour, so goes with whomever is going to give him the better deal, in effect a prostitute. Hersh, the BBC is as independent minded as Bush is an avid Obama supporter. Auntie does exactly as Zanuliebour tells it, it has the various monikers of Brown Broadcasting Corp, Brown B*llsh****ng Corp, and some other tasty names to reflect its subservience to Zanuliebour policies and thinking. Its international news reporting id very partisan, and on many occasions positively deceitful. Zanuliebour has vitually free access to airtime and definitely toes the party line and handles ministers with kid gloves, but roasts the opposition parties and is way back in the queue when a govt scandal breaks to dare to castigate or criticize Zanuliebour and/or ministers. when the expenses scandal broke, it must have been about 10 days before it ventured critical comment, and then mild in terms. I do not pay my license fee for them to be Zanuliebour's lapdog/mouthpiece and distort news to favour the govt view or be politically correct. I can do without that labour tax when I do not view them that much, because they are now so inaccurate on what they report! The nagging feeling is, 'what is it they are not telling me?'. News reporting should be balanced, but then in the UK I know what wing most papers are in and they all break the rules, to varying degrees. And then there are the lavish use of taxpayers money (licence fee) in its expenses and entertainment, with a surprisingly large in house entertainment budget, bugger the taxpeyer. Hugh 30 August, 2009
    Murdoch is a toerag. Both he and his father - and anyone else - should be banned from owning ANY media of any kind unless they and the company are UK tax payers. The BBC may have many things wrong with it but it does not screen adverts and it is not a tool in the Dirty Digger's plan to control all the Uk media. Murdoch - you are a scumbag. I have cancelled my Sky+ subscription in disgust at your plans. Paul Atherton 29 August, 2009
    Rupert Murdoch is a media genius; His son is ..well...daddy's boy.We might as well give all of Einstein's offspring Nobel prizes as listen to this overpromoted office junior. Eric Skelton 29 August, 2009
    I am so glad to see how James Murdoch's comments have spectacularly backfired on him. its about time the British people started standing up for themselves and their institutions. it has been rightly said that the BBC is a world class, highly respected instituition. We should never sit back and let a blood sucking viper like James Murdoch try to besmirth it for his (and his family's) own gains. Kris 29 August, 2009
    eraint : 'This is worse than in Russia'? Not trivialising the issue then? I loath the bloated overpaid BBC but get a grip man! Eric Skelton 29 August, 2009
    Of course, speaking as a completely impartial observer Murdoch and his News Corp with no vested interests in seeing the BBC broken up, are speaking from the heart - if I believed that I would be certifiable. Every time I see Murdock I am reminded of the megalomaniac villain, Elliott Carver, and his Carver Media Group. Peter Marton 29 August, 2009
    The bloated BBC may ironically soon face the market quicker than it expects - brought about by its own technical developments. The BBC has been at the forefront of pushing terrestrial digital TV, but it is not generally realised that the licence fee could be rendered redundant in a very short time since all BBC TV channels could be sold now as individual subscription channels accessed by currently available digital set top boxes that accept prepaid viewing cards.
    Then we will see how the market values its services and what it really needs to spend to provide those services. The sooner the better. Edward Forster 29 August, 2009
    Murdoch
    Pot
    Kettle
    Black Paul C 29 August, 2009
    You can like Murdoch TV or you can hate it. But at least you have a choice whether to pay for it or not. If people love and trust the BBC as much as they say then surely they will continue to pay for it on a voluntary basis. Of course we shouldn't allow any corporation to become so dominant that they can unduly influence the market, but that applies to state-owned corporations as much as private ones. If we only end up with one news channel, either through anti-competitive practices of a private company or a state run organisation removing the economic incentive for others to compete, then we are on the road to serfdom. The only route to individual freedom is through fair competition. Stephen August 29, 2009
    Pitiful special pleading from someone who only has his job because of who his father is. The creationist vs evolutionist analogy is embarrassingly silly - he just seems to object to the existence of any independent institutions - presumably on the grounds that they create competition for viewers rather than competition for advertisers. If he doesn't like the way we do things in this country, why doesn't he (to put it politely) go somewhere else? Andy 29 AUGUST, 2009
    The BBC is now just a mouthpiece for the labour government and the politically correct liberal elite. Paul Hardy 29 AUGUST, 2009
    murdeauxbolleaux. Toby Wilkinson 29 AUGUST, 2009
    We live in a lunatic left wing country where we need to ask permission from the state before we are allowed to watch tv. This is worse than in Russia. Scrap the licence.Geraint Hughes 29 AUGUST, 2009
    I am sure that he majority want the BBC licence tax to be abolished. douglas 29 AUGUST, 2009
    If the BBC were to close down tomorrow I would miss their services. If all of the many media outlets of the Murdoch empire were to close, I wouldn't miss them one bit. The fact that to watch cricket, football and rugby you must give money to Murdoch is not in the consumers interests. ljd 29 AUGUST, 2009
    Anything that will further the break up of the BBC gets my vote. The BBC has been a tool of the left for as many years as I can remember and has played no small part in belittling and destroying all things British, or to be more accurate all things English. More right wing views are needed in broadcast media to counterbalance the pernicious socialist influence which has brought this country to its knees. Murdoch is right wing so all power to his elbow and smash the BBC Steve
    These comments are barbed because the Murdoch's only close competitor is the BBC. If there were no BBC, we would be all watching Sky tv and paying a large payment for it. The BBC licence fee is less than the payments to Sky. The way Sky controls sports coverage is almost a monopoly but not mentioned. Why? william knights 29 AUGUST, 2009
    And what exactly has James done to deserve the position he finds himself in? To the manor born and survived in a corporation his siblings fled from. And a comment for Tony who seems to think the Times is quality, when exactly did you last pick up a copy? It is full of drivel like the rest of the print media. The more power Murdoch Media Inc get the lower the standards and the fatter their profits will be. At least the BBC has a hint of democratic oversight which is what we pay for surely. Changing that would be like making those who live in remote areas pay for the full cost of their roads, postage and other services. Sometimes a flat rate for all for public service is the most efficient and only effective way to operate, and thank goodness there are a few channels with no advertisements. Don't like it, don't buy a telly, the choice is yours. SAM .29 AUGUST, 2009
    Compare the bias of the Murdoch-owned Fox News with the BBC World News channel and you will immediate perceive why the BBC service is esteemed in the USA and Canada. The Murdoch SKY network offers little value in terms of either high quality or culturally stimulating material. The BBC has developed into a truly world-class organisation. Let's keep it that way. Brit living in Canada since 2006. Vic Morford 29 AUGUST, 2009
    As a US citizen, I would warn any and all to avoid any connection with any Murdoch. Fox News in the US is essentially a voice for the Neo-Conservatism ideology as well as a hysterical voice whipping up support for the privileged and powerful individuals and corporations. They are still firm backers of George Bush and his craziness. News Corp entities are as slanted in ideology as they are vicious. They do lasting damage to American Democracy. I love the BBC. Its independent, tough minded and thoughtful. Embrace anything "Murdoch" and you'll find these qualities gone forever. The BBC is a treasure to others. WH. Birmingham, Michigan, USA Hersh 29 AUGUST, 2009 29 AUGUST, 2009
    Matt, if you have evidence of political bias at the BBC, you can address it publicly - that is your right. So you can make your "BBC are all leftys" arguments and hold them to account ... IF.. you can substantiate them
    Are you seriously trying to claim that Newscorp doesnt follow a right wing agenda because the sun supported labour? Labour is centre-right in case you've been living in a bubble since john smith died.
    If you have such a principalled objection to paying the licence fee, sell your TV and dont pay it. Or is it really just because you want to save a few quid and carry on watching pets do the funniest things in HD courtesy of mr murdoch? Nick
    Although no fan of the BBC, which has become the government's Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda, I would hate to see the television industry in Britain dominated by Newscorp. jg
    Apparently Mr.Murdoch said: "The consensus appears to be that creationism " "the belief in a managed process with an omniscient authority " is the only way to achieve successful outcomes."

    I don't know if Mr.Murdoch's perception is true. Surely any authority the BBC has is an effect of all the feedback individual licence payers and other citizens concerned may voluntarily contribute or donate. So I see this so-called "omniscience" Mr.Murdoch attributes to the BBC as more likely to be the properly managed result of millions of individual ?inputs??ie individuals and families pay licence fees voluntarily and/or we can all contribute to eg Trust consultations at one end of the scale and/or "haveyoursay" debates at the other.

    I don't think it's fair or wise for any business to concern itself with "micro-managing" our traditional cultural norms and expectations without being respectful of the generous voluntary input of citizens. We are free to buy what we want and express our opinions as we will and these are very valuable. Thus Citizens like to freely browse any market and quite naturally seek and find the easiest and most efficient way to both inform each other and be informed by each other, whether we have an appointment/contract/licence or not. Perhaps we are becoming "spoiled" " but UK pubic services are designed to attend to such like concerns first. It's not an issue. It's what we normally do!

    So in my view, continuing support for institutions such as the BBC may actually help keep all of us safer in the market from unnecessary or inappropriate regulatory burdens that may spoil all our jobs and lives
    Mrs.Josephine Hyde-Hartley 29 AUGUST, 2009
    I'll send this again;

    Apparently Mr.Murdoch said: “The consensus appears to be that creationism — the belief in a managed process with an omniscient authority — is the only way to achieve successful outcomes."

    I don't know if Mr.Murdoch's perception is true. Surely any authority the BBC has is an effect of all the feedback individual licence payers and other citizens concerned may voluntarily contribute or donate. So I see this so-called "omniscience" Mr.Murdoch attributes to the BBC as more likely to be the properly managed result of millions of individual “inputs” –ie individuals and families pay licence fees voluntarily and/or we can all contribute to eg Trust consultations at one end of the scale and/or "haveyoursay" debates at the other.

    I don't think it's fair or wise for any business to concern itself with "micro-managing" our traditional cultural norms and expectations without being respectful of the generous voluntary input of citizens. We are free to buy what we want and express our opinions as we will and these are very valuable. Thus Citizens like to freely browse any market and quite naturally seek and find the easiest and most efficient way to both inform each other and be informed by each other, whether we have an appointment/contract/licence or not. Perhaps we are becoming “spoiled” – but UK pubic services are designed to attend to such like concerns first. It’s not an issue. It’s what we normally do! Mrs.Josephine Hyde-Hartley


    So in my view, continuing support for institutions such as the BBC may actually help keep all of us safer in the market from unnecessary or inappropriate regulatory burdens that may spoil all our jobs and lives.
    Mrs.Josephine Hyde-Hartley 29 AUGUST, 2009
    There is no doubt that a neutral and objective broadcasting body is a valuable asset and worth some demand upon the public purse. If the BBC were just that then fine but unfortunately it has been allowed to indulge in an extension of its legitimate role, which is essentially to educate and inform, into areas of wider entertainment and downright self indulgence of dubious merit best left to the commercial provider where the acceptance of the consequential risks is more appropriate. The BBC seems to be incapable of controlling costs even in its dissemmination of news. Why for instance do we so frequently see a news desk refer to an outside journalist for comment when all we see is another body complete with crew standing in some anonymous location offering observations that could just as well have been delivered by the anchormen/women on the news desk. Peter.
    "Matt on August 29, 2009 at 01:22 PM"

    Have you actually understood what James Murdoch is suggesting? Your opinion might be that the BBC is left wing (an organisation designed to benefit everyone might be left wing by definition but that's a different argument) but the BBC is required to be balanced by legal statute- this is ensured and enforced by politicians' comment, 'feedback' programmes and facilities for views such as yours to be heard within BBC broadcasting. It may not be perfect but broadly speaking it works. James Murdoch however is expressly asking to be allowed to broadcast news with a political bias- perhaps you need to think again. Mr Orwell 29 August, 2009
    1. As Cicero said: cui bono? I am sure Mr Murdoch's comments are not intended to produce benefit for the British - but rather a benefit to his bank account.
    2. This comment, made above is quite correct: "By supporting the BBC, the British public provide an invaluable service to the entire world." Actually, the BBC does more for Britain at home than and welfare service; and more for the nation abroad than the FO.
    3. Has anyone actually seen the nonsense and rubbish that Murdoch's media outlets publish abroad? He may do a few quality things (The Times) but by and large it is unadulterated drivel.
    4. Public broadcasters are needed to st the standard - which they generally do. Occasionally they go haywire, but they set a better, higher standard more frequently than the commercial broadcasters.
    5. Has anyone watched US commercial TV recently? It is no wonder Americans behave as they do. Tony 29 August, 2009
    At first I was chocked with the headline on SkyNews: "BBC online is a threat for newspapers that want to charge for news access". So I logged on to
    skynews.com to find what's behind the "shocking" news - I found that no one else was broadcasting this news (BBCWorld, CNN, Aljazeera, Euronews) and by itself it drew my suspicion that this was no news. On skynews.com I found that James Murdoch is the Europe&Asia CEO of News Corporation (a conglomerate company owning other companies like SkyNews, Wall Street Journal, MySpace, etc). Convenient...I see a conflict of business interest here! My conclusion of this "news" is that it is no news but instead propaganda from owning company NewsCorp. to put pressure on legislating against BBC and for the profiting of its own holdings! Shame on Skynews for reporting it as news on TV, once again showing that large corporations use, what viewers consider reliable news channels, to advertise their own profit agenda.
    My 2nd point is that tax funded BBC is as much of a threat as the new free newspapers distributed at all the major train/metro stations in European capitals - yes, they rocked the boat for the traditional newspapers (e.g. Evening Standard) but none of them drowned! This is part of business: change and the capacity to re-invent the business model. Similar claims were made about the advent of internet and just look great it is today for business :-)
    Journalism and reliable news: is this the end of an era or the opportunity for a new era? ms11af 29 August, 2009
    I bet the Times wouldn't post any of these comments. If the roles were reversed the BBC would always publish critical comments even against the corporation's interests. That is the nature of an organisation under charter, compared to an organisation of dog eat dog profiteering. Spread the word- comment online and stop buying Newscorp. Mr Orwell 29 August, 2009
    Nick, the BBC is the one guilty of Bias and drivel, it is well documented that the BBC is hugely left wing, the only people denying it are the BBC themselves.
    I admit that fox is a little extreme right but Sky is not so right wing as to be unfair. Remember that the Sun (also owned by newscorp) has backed Labour in the last few elections where as the Times is inevitably conservative. The difference of course is that I can watch Sky 3, Sky news and Sky sports news for FREE and CHOOSE to pay for the rest. As a Conservative, I am FORCED TO PAY for the BBC to ram down my throat, their idiotic left wing ideology! Matt 29 August, 2009
    Start taping Radio 4 now- that way our children can have the opportunity to listen to something that is not purely of entertainment value. Or we could stop worrying about acquiring knowledge and opinion- its far too much effort anyway. Lets just sit in front of Fox News, Sky One, and Babestation and dribble in to our microwave dinners. All hail the Murdochs. Double think, double dirty diggers. Mr Orwell 29 AUGUST, 2009
    **Murdoch targets BBC** Heck, for a minute there I thought they were going to buy it - damn! My God, it would be bloody as the new owners Slashed and Burned at the Corporation. Huge fillip for the state privatisation coffers. No licence fee.
    Pay only for what you want - or go elsewhere for free... YUK!! More Murdoch media - I don't think so. 290809-12:58 Simon Coulter
    Nobody can seriously suggest that the E.B.C., sorry, freudian slip is not biased.
    The bias towards the S.N.P. is palpable, the latest poll suggesting the majority are against the decision by Kenny McAskill is an example.
    Ilistened on both days to the 'phone in on goodmorning Scotland and more than 90% agreed with the justice secretary. Seumas
    As someone who is regarded as to the right of Margaret Thatcher I support the beeb wholeheartedly. Murdoch's News Corps is the threat, he disregards the fact that they have a monopoly on satellite in this country. It's constant price rises put the licence fee in the shade. News Corp is driven by greed not a desire for fairness. IAN
    The BBC is unique in the world at large as an organisation that stands as unbiased, and invites scrutiny as such. News Corporation/ Fox however gives the world uber right wing drivel, and dumbed down celebrity dross and general scuminess. If murdoch wants to complain about one of the worlds few media good guys, then he will always struggle to make his point when his family is one of the worlds most insidious and aggressive media dynasty's. Nick
    I have no problem with public service broadcasting but that is not what the BBC is about. It is a self serving nepotistic bureaucracy that conviscates almost ?4 billion a year from tax payers to hand back to us Radio 1, Jonathan Ross, East Enders, numerous repeats and keeps fat salaries and pensions for friends and families. Its news reporting is irredeemably supportive of the big state and related institutions and suppresses individual choice. Simon
    Ignore James Murdoch! The Murdochs' communications organizations are disseminators of media trash, propaganda machines for right-wing politics, and nemeses of intellectual discourse and entertainment arts. By supporting the BBC, the British public provide an invaluable service to the entire world. Gerald West
    Between the two of them. "Dirty Digger 1 & 2" they have ruined sport worldwide. The Football Association has fallen hook, line & sinker for their filthy lucre and yet no one has caught on to their antics. Why the Hell do they not return to this homeland and teach their fellow countrymen how to play cricket ! Ulsterman
    One of the whole purposes of the BBC is that it was founded to provide independent , objective and non biased news coverage . This is specifically intended to be such an alternative to the likes of the Murdoch media . When the BBC was founded it was set up as an alternative to the media of the day as well as a pioneer in new forms of technology and a quality provider . Murdoch's media was not around then but equivalent , but better quality , media was . However it still meant that the British people needed an organisation like the BBC .
    What Murdoch peddles is total and utter CRAP and dangerous crap at that . Irrespective of whether the BBC existed I would not read or watch any Murdoch media so I certainly see Murdoch's attack as utterly futile . It's Murdoch media that's the big problem - not the BBC . The World would be a far better place without the Murdoch media . Britain without the BBC . Britain dominated by the Murdoch media . A horrific and nightmarish world - shades of A Clockwork Orange and then some . Although the BBC is far from perfect and it certainly needs a good solid boot up the back side it is a good alternative to the likes of Murdoch .
    Murdoch media is a commercial purchase option - a consumer option - as such we can choose whether to buy it - whether it is of sufficient quality . IE. it's a cost benefit analysis . The thing is the cost is very high for a quality that is very low . What people are purchasing is programming of very low substance , vacuous news programming that is biased , poorly researched and poorly presented , vacuous entertainment programs etc. etc. etc. . The consumer looks at this and says "NO WAY !" "I can get far better quality at a far cheaper price elsewhere !" so the consumer goes elsewhere . What Murdoch wants to do is to get rid of all these elsewheres . However even if he did that he would not get the customers because people would still not pay for crap . What's happening at the moment is that Murdoch's chickens are well and truly coming home to roost . Murdoch snr. has played a big part in the demise of the USA and elsewhere and , largely indirectly , in the economic crash . We are now at a time of massive paradigm shift - it's very much evolution kicking in - monoliths , such as the Murdoch empire , are the dinosaurs - they are being evolved out of the picture . Setups that are structured in completely the opposite manner are being evolved into the picture . The BBC license fee is a tax , so the only control that we , as a consumer , have is to demand that the license fee be well spent .
    1) it needs to be far more professional . General presentation at times can be far too familiar - not standing back . There is far too much - low cost low value - reality TV and radio . The jingle on BBC World Service Radio is dicky . And likewise there are too many dicky programs . I largely avoid the BBC because of all the dicky content . I also avoid parts of it because it has become rather biased - I suspect that it was got at post the Hutton enquiry .
    2) it needs to be far more efficient . This is a management issue - putting in proper management - getting rid of the management that just gets in the way - putting in good editors , for example . Localising management decision making - utilising the ownership principle .
    3) it needs to largely get out of commercial activities - it is not meant to be a commercial organisation - it is meant to be a taxpayer funded organisation of general benefit to the public at large - not in business and not to niches .
    4) it needs to have a clear picture of where it is going , of it's form and shape , of it's charter - of it's raison d'etre . It needs to be able to picture itself and to be able to see itself within the larger World scene .
    5) it needs to be a producer of quality . It does produce quality - that's without a doubt - but there is also a lot of crappy programming coming out of the BBC and it needs to change it's approach - this is largely management change - and , yes , it needs good management .
    6) diversity is very important . Progressive evolution works through diversity . The BBC , because it is tax payer funded , has the opportunity to be diverse KIm L.
    Please stop bashing the BBC - its the only TV and radio that I watch. Most US programs are crap, especially the comedies. Please save the BBC! Steve
    James Murdoch is hardly an unbiased commentator without an axe to grind - is he? The reason he hates the BBC is because they are so SIMILAR to News Corporation. Both have - and want - monopolies. The BBC with the iniquitous licence fee, and Sky with its stranglehold over satellite TV. Both want to spread into all the media, from TV to the internet. Both are internationalist, instead of nationalist. The BBC refer to 'British' troops, or the 'England' football team, for instance, instead of talking about 'our side'. And Rupert Murdoch even chamged nationality for commercial reasons! And both are EQUALLY politically correct, biased and untruthful - just look at the way News Corporation and the BBC both slander the BNP. The only thing News Corporation care about is making even more money. This is immoral. They should care about the people of this country, and want to give us the best service at the lowest price. Instead they even want to charge to access their website. Just wait till they do and the number of visitors they will get will completely vanish. Look Rupert and James - life is NOT about money, it is about being NICE to one's fellow nationals. Of course the problem is that they are not British, so they don't love, really, truly, LOVE, this country and its people. Timon
    The BBC is without a doubt the best broadcast media organisation in the world. There is just no other company that compete with it. Its programmes are sold all over the globe and it is BBC news that people turn to to get the most unbiased reporting. I'm not surprised that competitors want to bring it down. Far better to have the BBC than a private media company whose support for a political party in an election could alter the result of that election. The potential for corruption and cronyism is huge. Keep the BBC as it is. Ollie_Cromwell
    Father and son should be barred from our shores, non EU and non contributors, would love to see there financial details laid bare. David Wilson
    ""james allen on August 29, 2009 at 11:26 AM""
    Why do you want to tear down the BBC? Can someone at least make some reasoned argument as to why the BBC is a problem- I don't even know what you think the problem is- let alone agree with you. Please give me something to chew on! Mr Orwell
    If the Murdochs hate the BBC so much, how come they carry so much BBC-derived content on their satellite service? Not just every BBC channel, but also the UKTV channels and others who rely almost solely on old BBC shows. One week of BBC original programming shows more creativity and imagination than a year on Sky's shallow, repetitive and derivative channels. Nialli
    I didn't ask for Murdoch and his minions to take over the media in this country. The BBC was coping quite well before he poked his oar into the water. The only result of this was that the BBC has lowered its standards in programming to equal the rubbish on Sky. Johnty
    Does anyone remember Blair's visit to Oz prior to the first election he won? Mainly due to Murdoch's media support. One of the first pieces of Nu Labour legislation was to hugely benefit the Murdochs. This was soon followed by government ministers visiting Murdoch in the US. The BBC have lost much respect in the past few years and rightly so but they are far more acceptable than the corrupt Murdoch empire, which has spewed out more rubbish than the government he supports C Donnelly
    Murdock's sour grapes, he would like complete monopoly,all the better to make Britain as his family would like it. Something to be avoided. Jane Prior
    money grubbing news corp must be tamed. Does this man have no shame? No one elects news corp to have the undue influence over politics and elections that they do, yet they are allowed to continue this... Break news corp up and hand the bones over to the BBC to run, no more than one newspaper or TV channel should be owned by a single group. Jack Tar
    Having been a subscriber to sky with its constant repeats and overwhelming amount of promotions give me the beeb anytime. I now have free view which is an even bigger selection such as Aljazeera English, Russia today and France 24 which carry a much wider scope of news. Sky news spends all of its time on really insignificant rubbish whilst there is a really important world out there. The real key will be the internet and this is where the beeb score again. Their website is amazing and hopefully if it can avoid too much influence from Zanu Liebour then we can be proud of it. Murdoch and his tribe are the last ones to talk about manipulation they are the universal masters of it. michael
    Hypocrite. Land grab = Fox corporation. Unaccountable institutions = Fox corporation. Go back to Oz. john
    Not too sure about Murdoch's comments but definitely feel that the BBC have become the current government's poodles. I was censored on Nick Robinson's blog this week for suggesting that his holiday substitute Laura was balanced because she wasn't just feeding the line from No 10. It appears many others were similarly censored [the BBC describe it as "moderated" ] Murray Croft
    Break up the News Corp monopoly and ban any of the greedy, smug, self serving Murdoch clan for holding directorships in any media organisation for a generation. Sam
    No need for a debate - the BBC should be scrapped. If we organised a national drive and stopped paying the licence fee - they would fold overnight. That is people power which is the only way left of getting anything done in this wretched country. James Allen
    LOL, Mr Wright. All news is biased and you're naive to think otherwise.
    Now, given the choice between the liberal Left (eg. BBC, MSNBC, CNN, SKY) and conservatives (eg. FOX) I'd pick conservative every day of the week. If only the conservative side of news was permitted in this country. John
    Do you know what you are saying about political bias? The BBC is streets ahead of any commercial print or broadcast media provider in maintaining independence. Taxpayer's money doesn't fund the BBC. The BBC is funded by the license fee and exports of valuable content to other countries. I don't understand people who complain about paying less than 40p a day for the best television and radio service in the world. Do you work for a commercial broadcaster??? As for a boycott you can avoid Sky News, Sky Movies and Sky One because the BBC offers alternatives at next to no cost to the consumer but try convincing people not to watch footballDo you know what you are saying about political bias? The BBC is streets ahead of any commercial print or broadcast media provider in maintaining independence. Taxpayer's money doesn't fund the BBC. The BBC is funded by the license fee and exports of valuable content to other countries. I don't understand people who complain about paying less than 40p a day for the best television and radio service in the world. Do you work for a commercial broadcaster??? As for a boycott you can avoid Sky News, Sky Movies and Sky One because the BBC offers alternatives at next to no cost to the consumer but try convincing people not to watch footbal. Mr Orwell
    Now we are going to lectured to by "DIRTY DIGGER 2" ! When is someone going to stand up to this gang of crooks, whose main objective on this earth is to fill their own coffers. Ulsterman
    The murdoch brat is describing his own family's stranglehold on news reporting. Their news is always slanted especially about israel brutality in Gaza. The family is jewish after all. Phillipp Dunn
    I am sure that James Murdoch would agree to leave the country and never work in the media again if:
    i. His corporation was carrying out illegal electronic surveillance of my PC at Flat 4, 25 Clarendon Road, Leeds tel 0113 234 1087, including knowledge of files on my PC never shared with the outside world.
    ii. He was receiving such information from the West Yorkshire Police, Fylingdales or GCHQ or any other third party tasked with illegally downloading such information without my consent.
    iii. He was engaged in any way in using Mr John McArthur to organise surveillance of that flat for the benefit of his corporation. I am sure that Mr Samuel Allardyce's loss of employment in January 2008 had nothing to do with that and I am equally sure that M. Arsene Wenger's comments that he 'likes people who negotiate hard' was equally unlinked to that either........
    I remain 100% confident that Mr Murdoch will agree to these terms, since if he could not, it would say that he was a confirmed criminal whose words in public fora would then be taken with the relevant contempt that his father, a US citizen, normally reserves for UK nationals who believe that this country is not an overseas outpost of the private world empire of that autocratic, dictatorial and extremely cruel man Rhys Jaggar
    Fox News = Biased reporting Muppet journalists and terrible analysis.
    BBC News = Biased reporting Muppet journalists and terrible analysis.
    Get rid of em both... don't watch. Mr Wright
    Nobody in their right mind would listen to the ramblings of anyone from the Murdoch family. Their record speaks for itself - self-serving, manipulative and pure greed. I have one message for him - go back to Australia, USA or where ever else it is you come from and ruin their culture and society John
    totally agree with him. The BBC has always had a lefty bias, but recently it's reached fever pitch. Labour are ?big? government and the BBC is equally a centralistic lumbering project. Taxpayer?s money cannot and must not fund the sort of political bias we are seeing from our national broadcaster. It's almost laughable that the BBC is afforded the opportunity to self regulate and yet another Government (Sponsored) department oversees the commercial sector totally differently. The fact that the BBC unavoidably is the voice of the liberal, is absolutely fine, but the organisation as it is, comes with one VERY big problem. It's forcibly funded by ALL taxpayers. You can choose your daily newspaper, but with a TV License you're forced to pay for political persuasions that otherwise you'd prefer not to digest. The world is all about choice. If I don't like watching SKY sports anymore, I stop paying for it. With the BBC we ALL have no choice.
    Doug Snowden
    Long live the beeb. For all of it's faults so often highlighted in this paper it is still a thousand times more valuable than any of the trash peddled by this man and his father. Anybody fancy a boycott Sky (evil empire) campaign? Neil
    suggest he goes to pastures new, he can al;ways change his nationallity to suit the situation and then inflict his advertising rubbish on his new compatiots. like you know who. Londoner432
    "peter eisner, August 29, 2009 at 10:06 AM Long live the BBC and our freedom."
    Surely you jest? M.O.
    Advertising revenue for Newspapers is falling due to the impact of the Internet as an alternative source of information and the far more efficient advertising packages offered by the likes of Google. The advertising competition argument against the BBC is a smokescreen. If the public want an Orwellian, powerful organisation to fear with unwholesome involvement in the running of government policy take a look at Newscorp. - Government press releases via the SUN, - Surprisingly little state or police interest in crimes committed by Murdoch newspapers in using illeagal phone taps, - Competition between political parties to win the approval of Rupert Murdoch etc. etc. The BBC exists to broadcast quality content, Newscorp exists to make profit any way it can. Mr Orwell
    The time is long overdue to take the Murdoch empire into public control and run by competent people committed to decent,intelligent broadcasting and reading.
    The BBC must be brought under democratic and committed management producing high quality broadcasting. Will it happen? Not whilst our politicians cosy up to the like of Murdoch and crew. Roy
    Shine Tv does okay out the BBC and that's a Murdoch owned company Jimmy's sister ! Ms Jeanette Eccles
    The time is long overdue to take the Murdoch empire into public control and run by competent people committed to decent,intelligent broadcasting and reading.
    The BBC must be brought under democratic and committed management producing high quality broadcasting. Will it happen? Not whilst our politicians cosy up to the like of Murdoch and crew. Roy
    Of course the last thing Murdoch & News International would want is to dominate the media themselves. If any media organisation should have its power reduced it is News International Peter S
    Murdochs comments are unreasonable. Would'nt father & son love to control our TV & press. That is what this is about. Long live the BBC and our freedom. The licence fee is great value to pay for quality media compared to Murdochs so called package of choice which to a large extent is low grade 'filler' Peter Eisner
    James Murdoch's Newscorp is and always has been the threat to independent news publication. The BBC is one of the only remaining British institutions we can be proud of as truly world beating. We all enjoy it's output and pay each month about a quarter of the price SKY subcribers pay for Americanised, formulaic rubbish content. At a time when we are all questioning the contribution big business makes to society perhaps we shouldn't constrain a truly wonderful, INDEPENDENT and not-for-profit organisation purely to line the pockets of the Murdoch dynasty. Any doubters should watch FOX News. Mr Orwell
    Why doesn't he just be straight with us and say he wants to charge for online content, after all this is what he's lining us up for. If the licence fee goes, so does free online BBC content, which is one of the main threats to News Corp. I'm sure this guy already has enh money, now go rest Mattoug

    Can Rupert Murdoch save online news?   Murdoch: Google is mortal and together we can kill it
    Would i pay to be lied too by the murdock press? No i think i get enough lies told to me for free.
     

    cbarr

    7 Aug 2009, 1:52AM

    Would i pay to be lied too by the murdock press? No i think i get enough lies told to me for free.

    Waltz

    7 Aug 2009, 7:39AM

    I can understand why newspaper's would want to charge people to read them online - there must be so many people these days who, like me, rarely buy print papers and instead get their content online for free. But charging won't work because there are so many alternative news sites these days - the BBC site being one obvious contender. Plus there are so many other alternatives as well - political blogs such as ConservativesAtHome, polling sites, specialist sites on every current affairs topic under the sun, and so on. Then there are RSS feeds, Twitter and so on to keep you constantly updated on breaking stories, plus the advent of so-called "citizen journalism".

    I don't know what the answer is for the traditional press. I strongly suspect that its days are numbered. The Murdoch press is losing money. The Guardian Group is apparently in dire straits. The trajectory seems pretty clear.

    Murdoch: Google is mortal and together we can kill it
     
    Murdoch: Google is mortal and together we can kill it
    Bing Tries To Buy The News
    Rupert Murdoch is pointing a gun to Google’s head, and Microsoft is helping him pull back the trigger. For the past few weeks, Murdoch and his officers at News Corp. have been very vocal about their distaste for Google and their desire to lead other media companies in a boycott of sorts. Murdoch keeps threatening to stop letting Google index the WSJ.com and his other media sites, and wants other news sites to join him in this self-imposed silence. The folks at Microsoft’s Bing think this is a great idea. Not only that, but the FT reports that Microsoft is in fact in discussions with News Corp. and other publishers about the possibility of paying them to remove their sites from Google’s search index. This report comes on the heels of a meeting in Europe where Bing dangled the prospect of premium spots in search results to publishers and outright money for search R&D. Microsoft is not afraid to buy search market share, which is what it’s doing with the Yahoo search deal and even its Cashback program. But with these latest talks, it is literally trying to buy the news, or at least exclusive access to the news. Bing can’t buy all the news, it can only buy certain brands. If Bing can somehow become the only place you can find news results and working links to the Wall Street Journal and other top papers such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the LA Times, for instance, that would be a big reason to switch for a lot of folks. But it’s not clear how much Bing would have to pay the news companies of the world for them to give up all the traffic Google sends them in return for a fraction of that traffic and some cash. Even Google couldn’t afford to strike such deals. Says Murdoch, of Google, “If they were to pay everybody for everything they took from every newspaper in the world, and every magazine, they wouldn’t have any profits left.” In order to actually make a dent in Google’s market share, Bing would have to pay such exorbitant sums to so many different news companies that it would be difficult to recoup its investment. Bing certainly get some marketing buzz out of any such move, but that’s about it. The big problem with a search engine trying to buy market share by buying parts of the news is that information spreads so quickly these days, exclusives last about 30 seconds. That information will end up on a site that is indexed by Google. Or the same news will be broken by someone else on the Web before the WSJ.com even gets to it.
    Exclusive indexing goes against the Web’s inherent openness. Companies that try to curtail that openness don’t last long on the Web.

    http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/11/22/bing-tries-to-buy-the-news/
     
    The Register wrote:
    Everyone's missed the clever part of Rupert Murdoch's broadside against Google last week. Murdoch said he'd block Google from spidering his websites' content, and may use litigation against public broadcasters such as the BBC, who use material spawned in his papers. The conventional wisdom from web gurus was that he was off his rocker, and his comments were the last gasp of a Luddite. And that shows you what the conventional wisdom of web pundits is worth. What Murdoch has done is say the unspeakable. He's offered a roadmap for taming Google - and a re-ordering of everything we take for granted about the web today. He can't do so alone, which is why his real audience included media and entertainment executives who lack the courage to think such heresies. But he invited the prospect that without its expensively-produced material, Google stops being the omnivorous destroyer of their livelihoods they suppose it is today. And this, in turn, means Google's own investment decisions today may be horribly misplaced.

    http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/11/17/murdoch_google_analysis/