Murdoch Given The Go Ahead To Buy BSkyB
Posted by DeadAnarchistPhil on March 3, 2011
What does the following creature have in common with our current UK Government?…
Well, let me tell you, besides being slimy, slow to act, useless and inconvenient, they’re also spineless!
Today the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt , gave the green light for Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp to buy up the remaining 61% of British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB).
If you’re asking yourself: “What’s wrong with that?” Well, what’s wrong is Rupert Murdoch will own over 50% of the UK media! That means he, one man, controls half of all news we get or see. And thus can manipulate it, control opinion and, if he wants to, stifle debate and free speech, not to mention influence the outcome of Political elections.
The Culture Secretary has only given it the green light because News Corp said they would make Sky News a semi-independent company, free of News Corp… for 10 years. Oh, that solves everything right? No, it doesn’t! Though Sky News would be defacto independent it would still be funded by News Corp. And as you know, He who holds the purse strings controls the flow of money. And if they control the flow of money, they will control who gets paid, and those people getting paid better broadcast what the people with the purse strings says to.
This is just typical of Tory Government, I wouldn’t expect anything less, everything is for sale, as long as someone is making money out of it. Fuck media plurality, what’s that compared to a media mogul who brings billions in to the UK economy, helps fund the party and can help them win the next election by having the Tories viewed in a positive light throughout his media.
This has already happened in the USA, have you seen the state of US media reporting? They’re biased, and I don’t just mean BBC light bias, I mean obvious out-right bias. I’m not just talking about Fox News here that is owned by News Corp, but all the media channels! They’re all owned by one company or another, and are thus not independent, they report what they’re told to, for the sake of the owners and for the sake of viewer numbers.
It’s just so wrong and not good for a healthy media. If the media isn’t healthy then a lot of the citizenry wont be able to make an informed choice when voting. It really infuriates me that our Government just waves this takeover on like they’re directing traffic! This is one of the biggest problems in the West these days, large corporations telling Governments what to do and control the media, banking to the industry of the country!
The country is supposed to be run for our benefit, the people, not large multi-national corps. And what’s sad is no political parties seem to see this as wrong or a problem, nor would they do anything about it!
If I had any faith left in Government this would’ve taken the last piece. It’s a sad day for the UK media and UK Media plurality.