Not that I disagree with Vince Cable’s sentiments about Rupert Murdoch, you understand. While I think that the left exaggerate the threat he represents, there is no doubting that he is a pernicious influence and we should welcome further concentration of media power in his hands like we would welcome a nest of live snakes in the middle of a birthday cake.
Murdoch’s companies already own The Times, The Sunday Times, The Sun and The News Of The World in addition to their 39% stake in BSkyB and a 7.5% stake (reduced from 17.9% earlier this year) in ITV. I think that’s more than enough. That’s just in the UK of course, he also has numerous other media interests in the USA, Australia and elsewhere.
Because of Cable’s flapping trap the ultimate decision will now fall to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, who has made pro-Murdoch noises in the past. News International must be ecstatic with how this has turned out and, bizarrely, it’s all thanks to the Daily Telegraph.
Ofcom delivers its verdict on December 31st. I hope they advise against it in the strongest possible language.