Rupert Murdoch: The last of the great press barons?

Rupert Murdoch’s motives only make sense from a historical perspective, argues Piers Brendon.

Rupert Murdoch at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2007.When Rupert Murdoch testified recently to the parliamentary select committee enquiring into phone-hacking by the News of the World, he paid an emotionally charged but barely noticed tribute to his father. This was Sir Keith Murdoch, who had made his name by courageously exposing British bungling at Gallipoli in 1915 and afterwards became head of the respected Herald newspaper group in Melbourne, Australia. Rupert professed to be humbled by the failings of the News Corporation he had erected on the foundation of Sir Keith’s ideals and achievements.

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