Monday, August 27, 2007

Did Murdoch really save The Times?

Iain Dale visited here yesterday to leave a comment on an old post about the lack of cricket on terrestrial TV that referred en passant to the Murdoch takeover of Times Newspapers Limited in 1981. Iain's view is that the Dirty Digger saved the Times and the Sunday Times, mine is that he destroyed them. The full exchange can be read HERE.

Since the role of Murdoch in demeaning British journalism over the past 40 years is something of a pet subject of mine, I thought this was worthy of its own post. I would certainly be interested to hear others' views.

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5 comments:

Sir James Robison said...

I think whatever he touches turns to dirt.

Greater Manchester Fabians said...

Spoiling for a fight Paul? I see Dale hasn't responded yet...
http://gtrmancfabians.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Couldn't agree more everything he touches gets trashed.
I would have thought & hoped that Labour would have stood up to him,instead they just suck up to him.
Outrageous that he's been allowed to hijack the cricket & premier league.

John,

Peter Risdon said...

Perhaps the real villains of the piece were the print unions. The patrician pre-Murdoch Times management couldn't handle them, and a rottweiler was the only person who'd take them on.

Of course, we're still stuck with him.

Snafu said...

I'd like to thank Murdoch if it's shown that he condemned circket on terrestrial TV! I can think of nothing worse on TV...