Campaign group asks Vince to stop Murdoch


11:25 am - July 8th 2010

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The email pressure-group 38 Degrees yesterday launched a campaign to put pressure on Business Secretary Vince Cable to stop Rupert Murdoch.

Murdoch wants to take complete control of BSkyB, which they say will “increase his stranglehold on the UK’s media”.

The owner of the Times already owns 40% of BSkyB.

“It would give Murdoch even more political influence and could open the doors to biased, right-wing news reporting, like Fox News in the US” — said 38 Degrees in an email to their 100,000 subscribers.

It also said:

Vince Cable has the power to stop Murdoch’s plan. As Business Secretary, he’s got 17 working days to call the deal in for a review. [1] If enough of us stand up to Murdoch and build a big enough petition, we can persuade Cable to make the right decision and block Murdoch’s takeover.

Take 30 seconds to sign our “Vince stand up to Murdoch” petition now:
http://www.38degrees.org.uk/murdoch

Murdoch thinks he has this deal sewn up. There are plenty of people in government who owe him big favours after his papers backed them during the election. Add to that the full force of Murdoch’s media empire and you can be sure that Vince Cable will be feeling the pressure to cave in.

We need to outweigh that pressure with people power. Thousands of us need to tell Vince Cable to stand up to Murdoch.

Sign up from here: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/murdoch

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Not that I Rupert Murdoch (Gee whizz im so scared of Sally calling me a twat I had to add that caveat) but can’t people buy what they like if they have the money.

Murdoch already has management control of the company.

This protest is seeking to block something that happened a decade ago.

All that News International is seeking to do is consolidate the company into its accounts and retain the profits by buying out the shareholders.

Object to that bit if you want to – but please drop the myth that the buyout will lead to any change in management control over the company.

3. Gaf the Horse

Err …. no. Not if buying something would be against the public interest. Sky / News International is already far too big and far too under regulated in the UK. Vince has to approve a purchase like this.

Well, I signed the petition because I’m a democracy sheep, but I find it difficult to justify blocking the “takeover” (wrong term, all told). It doesn’t create a monopoly – there’s still BBC, after all.

Cable will cave in. He has already lost all his credibility in the way he has dumped everything he believed into to prop up the tories.

Murdoch wants his pound of flesh and the tories promised him a free ride if they got his support. It would be nice for someone who has such a say in the way we are governed to actually pay a substantive amount of tax in Britain. But when you own the politicians tax is for the little people.

Just been reading Bruce Dover’s “Rupert’s Adventures in China: How Murdoch lost a fortune and found a wife.” Now there are people who know how to fleece Murdoch.

He has been seriously losing his touch over the last few years. Lots of wrong judgments.

Use the same criteria as the US/Canada regarding who can hold media ownership. Would Murdoch then become a British citizen?


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