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PJMulholland
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Post by PJMulholland » Fri Jun 03, 2005 3:20 pm

Littlejohn anyone??? :rolleyes:

PJMulholland
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Post by PJMulholland » Fri Jun 03, 2005 3:32 pm

I'm very amused by people saying things like "News Corp only own 36% of the shares" and "media regulation blah blah blah"



It does not matter whether Murdoch owns 100% or 50%, what matters is that he/News Corp is the largest shareholder and has enough muscle to effectively control the company and exercise his will over it - witness the James Murdoch debacle.



I take on board to a certain extent that regulation is holding him back at present, but you can bet your bottom dollar that he will soon get his way on this issue in the face of government desperate to maintain his newspapers support.

Didn't OFCOM float the idea of "opinioned news channels" just recently?



The vultures are gathering....I can feel it!

daved2424
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Post by daved2424 » Fri Jun 03, 2005 3:45 pm

It just won't happen. They staff at Sky would revolt. And oh the small issue of it still being illegal.

PJMulholland
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Post by PJMulholland » Fri Jun 03, 2005 4:08 pm

Umm, which I've just addressed.



Staff revolt?!?



WTF!



As we know, Murdoch would NEVER impose his will on staff or order mass redundancies to achieve his aims

daved2424
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Post by daved2424 » Fri Jun 03, 2005 4:26 pm

Do you know many Sky staff?

PJMulholland
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Post by PJMulholland » Fri Jun 03, 2005 4:29 pm

daved2424+Jun 3 2005, 07:32 PM(daved2424 @ Jun 3 2005, 07:32 PM)

Do you know many Sky staff?






Your point being?

daved2424
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Post by daved2424 » Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:48 pm

...how could you judge whether they would revolt about Murdoch implementing his right-wing agenda on the company? But before that would happen the laws would then have to be changed. And as for sacking them if they did, he couldn't because that would also be against the law. Striking is not a sackable offence under British law unless it is an illegal strike.

PJMulholland
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Post by PJMulholland » Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:52 pm

daved2424+Jun 3 2005, 08:29 PM(daved2424 @ Jun 3 2005, 08:29 PM)

...how could you judge whether they would revolt about Murdoch implementing his right-wing agenda on the company?






I couldn't. You were the one who suggested it.

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Post by PJMulholland » Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:56 pm

daved2424+Jun 3 2005, 08:29 PM(daved2424 @ Jun 3 2005, 08:29 PM)

...how could you judge whether they would revolt about Murdoch implementing his right-wing agenda on the company? But before that would happen the laws would then have to be changed. And as for sacking them if they did, he couldn't because that would also be against the law. Striking is not a sackable offence under British law unless it is an illegal strike.






And what would be legal over a strike based on a change in editorial policy which the law said was allowed. It would hardly breach any of their working conditions or anything.



If you want to know what would happen post the "foxification" of the station, there would be much hysterics and loud angry articles in the media by high ranking employees, which would be promtly followed my Murdoch doing as he wished anyway and them walking off into oblivion.

Andrew Neil and Peirs Morgan are two noticable examples of such behaviour in the recent past.



NOBODY is bigger then Murdoch at News Corp. All can be replaced quite easily.

dodrade
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Post by dodrade » Sat Jun 04, 2005 2:56 pm

Surely it suits Murdoch to have some semi-respectable news organisations like Sky News and the Times in his portfolio so that his empire is not seen solely as a right wing propaganda tool.

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