June 19, 2019

Ed Miliband calls for limit on Rupert Murdoch’s power

Ed Miliband doing what politicians do best - try and skew public thinking for their own advantage.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for new media ownership rules to limit the “dangerous” concentration of power in Rupert Murdoch and News Corporations hands.

Miliband said that Mr Murdoch had an “unhealthy” market share that led to “abuses of power.”

Despite the closure of the News of the World, the Murdoch empire in the UK still owns The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times and 39% of digital broadcaster BSkyB.

Under political pressure Mr Murdoch has dropped plans for now to buy out the rest of British Sky Broadcasting.

Feeling cosy on the easy anti-Murdoch bandwagon, Ed Miliband said: “I think that we’ve got to look at the situation whereby one person can own more than 20% of the newspaper market, the Sky platform and Sky News.”

“I think it’s unhealthy because that amount of power in one person’s hands has clearly led to abuses of power within his organisation. If you want to minimise the abuses of power then that kind of concentration of power is frankly quite dangerous.”

Perhaps one day politicians and media outlets with other agenda’s might realise just how much hysteria they have whipped up over nothing.

The phone hacking scandal has nothing to do with how much of a percentage of the British media Murdoch owns. It was caused by unethical behaviour by a handful of individuals in search of profit.

Dislike and envy have coloured the shoddy level of reporting on the alleged phone hacking. Conjecture and inuendo have been reported as fact and Murdoch has been hungout to dry for being a good businessman.

Many may not like his politics or his methods, but he is still entitled to a basic level of respect. Judgements should be made when an investigation has been carried out or atleast some concrete facts have been released.