Fleet Street Follies
And it's not just the media reporters. Now that the scandal that brought down the 168-year-old News of the World has reached up into the very highest office of the government, the non-Murdoch political journalists are probably feeling pretty frisky as well.
And as dramatic as the decision to close the paper was (presumably to help prevent the investigations from spreading into Murdoch's more profitable media outlets), it seems to have only lowered public opinion of the mogul:
The News Corporation’s decision to shut down the British tabloid The News of the World on Thursday did little to silence the growing uproar over revelations that the newspaper had hacked into the voice mails of private citizens.Indeed, Murdoch's bid to buy BSkyB now looks to face serious delays and possibly insurmountable hurdles:
In fact, it may have only fueled the outrage.
An outpouring of suspicion and condemnation came from all directions on Thursday, and was directed chiefly at the News Corporation’s chairman, Rupert Murdoch, a figure as powerful as he is polarizing.
The British media establishment, Facebook and Twitter users and even Mr. Murdoch’s own employees questioned his move. Some said it was a ploy to salvage government approval of the News Corporation’s potentially lucrative controlling stake in the satellite company British Sky Broadcasting, or BSkyB.
Of course no one expects any of this to distract Murdoch from his particularly sleazy brand of Sunday yellow journalism for long. Word is there are already plans to have his other UK rag, The Sun, begin publishing on Sundays to fill in the gap left by the News of the World. In fact, someone just purchased the URL www.sunonsunday.co.uk
BBC business editor Robert Peston understands that Ofcom [the UK media regulator] will not launch an inquiry immediately.
"It will want to allow the police to continue their investigation for a while longer, before making its own assessment," he said.
Ofcom is deeply concerned by recent revelations about the NoW, he added."[Ofcom] is likely to make a statement later today, I am told, which will make it clear that it regards evidence that the News of the World's newsroom was out of control for many years as relevant to a judgement on whether News Corporation would be a fit-and-proper owner of BSkyB," our correspondent said.
Domain name:Of course, it could be a clever cybersquatter, but watch that space.
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