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Rupert Murdoch

A screengrab of a cover story that appeared in the Times of London on October 20 (Image: The Times)

Police snooping – read it in The Spectator first, then in the Times nine days later

20 October 2014 16:33

Perusing the morning papers, the denizens of 22 Old Queen Street were tickled to find a tribute to Spectator journalism on no less than the cover of the Times of… Continue reading

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Aha! Steve Coogan sticks it to Rupert Murdoch

7 July 2014 16:49

Mr S would like to draw your attention to two separate articles in the Guardian, which he passes on without so much as a smirk. The actor and comedian Steve… Continue reading

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Hacking Trial: the movie

5 July 2014 12:38

We may have had the verdicts and the sentences in the hacking trial, but the biggest question remains unanswered: who’s going to play everyone in the movie? There’s one clear… Continue reading

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The War on Rupert Murdoch is the Real Story of the Hacking Saga.

27 June 2014 0:21

The hacking scandal was about many things but the way in which it has played-out and, crucially, been reported reminds us that it has chiefly been about power. Not just… Continue reading

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Verdicts In Phone Hacking Trial

Convict the guilty. Keep the press free

25 June 2014 16:46

We have not heard much from Hugh Grant this week. Nor from Max Mosley, Steve Coogan or any of the other bizarre array of celebrities and moguls who wanted to… Continue reading

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James Murdoch Faces Calls To Stand Down As Chairman Of BSkyB At Their AGM

Tom Watson and Alex Marunchak keep it civil at the Savile

3 April 2014 17:23

The potential for brouhaha lurks on any party guest list; but the stakes are not often as high as they were last night at the Savile Club, where hacks and… Continue reading

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Evan Harris glugs with the enemy

20 March 2014 12:45

Gongs all round at the Paddy Power Political Book of the Year Award at the Imax cinema in Waterloo. It was a bumper night for Spectator writers. Congratulations to Charles… Continue reading

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Why are Rupert Murdoch's men after Andrew Mitchell? (BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images)

Why are Rupert Murdoch’s men damning Andrew Mitchell?

13 February 2014 12:56

If you want to picture Rupert Murdoch imagine an old man on a tight rope. On the one hand, his newspapers must pursue his interests – say that everyone but… Continue reading

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A joke at Russell Brand’s expense

30 November 2013 15:16

I see that Russell Brand has morphed into Mehdi Hassan. Mehdi, if you remember, excoriated The Daily Mail and then the paper published the cringe-worthy paean of praise Hassan had… Continue reading

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Jeremy Paxman's exasperation with the BBC's handling of the Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile was clear in his evidence. Picture: Getty

Conrad Black – my reward for threatening to beat up Jeremy Paxman

23 November 2013 11:14

It is correct that I have long thought Rupert Murdoch history’s most formidable media proprietor, by his unique combination of bold vision, thorough execution and unlimited energy and ambition. It… Continue reading

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Murdoch son-in-law ‘clarifies’ that the PM did come to his party after all

5 November 2013 9:42

You know how it is. You’ve had a heavy night, everyone has left your party and empty bottles are all that remains. Then those pesky diary journalists start calling. Elizabeth Murdoch’s… Continue reading

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Elisabeth Murdoch and Matthew Freud, who David Cameron partied with this weekend. Photo: Getty Images.

Cameron and Osborne supping with Murdoch – again

4 November 2013 17:16

It was PR guru Matthew Freud’s 50th birthday on Saturday: he and his wife, Elisabeth Murdoch, hosted a fairly lavish party. But would Westminster’s finest attend? Guests were struck to… Continue reading

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Press Freedom: The state goes for everyone (and you have no right to be surprised)

17 October 2013 11:26

Britain’s journalists ought to be asking themselves an unfamiliar question: what is the point of my life? If they have any knowledge of history, they ought to know that they… Continue reading

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News Corp confirm that Rupert Murdoch has filed for divorce

13 June 2013 18:00

Most people had not heard of Wendi Deng until she lamped the left wing comedian “Jonnie Marbles”, also known as Jonathan May-Bowles, during her husband Rupert Murdoch’s now infamous appearance… Continue reading

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Rupert Murdoch: Cameron’s in trouble – I read it in The Spectator

25 May 2013 20:32

From his base in New York, Rupert Murdoch knows where to get the best analysis of British politics: The Spectator. He has just Tweeted that David Cameron is in trouble,… Continue reading

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Gerald Scarfe poses in 2009 ahead of the 'Tear down the Wall' exhibition in Halle. Image: Getty

Gerald Scarfe’s other wall

30 January 2013 18:00

The new Intercontinental Hotel in Westminster seems determined to become the chosen haunt for the political great and good. The swanky hotel has opened its doors — and more importantly… Continue reading

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Gerald Scarfe has got into trouble over a cartoon about Israel. Image: Getty

Gerald Scarfe, anti-Semitic? No.

29 January 2013 11:10

So, that Gerald Scarfe cartoon, then. I don’t like it much, but then I like cartoons which make me laugh, (and especially so if they have animals in them). McLachlan,… Continue reading

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The View from 22 — Britain’s accidental EU exit?

10 January 2013 10:56

We’re delighted to be back with a bang for the first Spectator podcast of 2013. This week, our political editor James Forsyth discusses David Cameron’s long-delayed speech on Europe with… Continue reading

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Why did Murdoch lose confidence in Times editor James Harding? Photo: Getty Images.

Why James Harding had to quit as Times editor

13 December 2012 14:31

Given that James Harding is generally regarded as the best editor of The Times to have worked under Rupert Murdoch, what happened yesterday? Mr Steerpike has been making some inquiries.… Continue reading

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Alec Baldwin is on forthright form in an interview published in tomorrow's issue of Spectator Life. Image: Getty.

Leveson’s global celeb appeal

28 November 2012 17:24

Tomorrow’s Spectator Life cover interview is with Alec Baldwin, who as any American will know, does not hold his tongue on matters political. He even has a view about Westminster:… Continue reading

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Priceless. Rupert Murdoch's son-in-law, Matthew Freud, is advising the BBC's interim chief, Tim Davie. Image: Getty.

Murdoch’s son-in-law advising the new BBC chief

13 November 2012 20:46

You have to hand it to Rupert Murdoch. The BBC is in turmoil and now being led by Tim Davie, its former audio and music chief whose journalistic experience does… Continue reading

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Chris Patten gave a strong performance on the Andrew Marr Show, demonstrating that he had a grip on the crisis. Image: Getty.

Chris Patten claims he has a ‘grip’ on the BBC’s crisis

11 November 2012 10:23

Chris Patten has just appeared on the Andrew Marr Show to discuss the resignation of George Entwistle and to evaluate its fallout. Patten conceded that the BBC is mired in… Continue reading

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Is Rupert Murdoch the Darth Vader of publishing? Source: Getty

The Galactic Empire of Amazon

29 October 2012 15:04

I think that most people working in publishing think they’re involved in some giant role playing game. Rather than simply running around muddy fields on a Saturday, dressed in tin… Continue reading

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Rupert Murdoch bites his tongue

25 October 2012 17:03

What happens when you get two elderly proprietors, one with a book to sell and the other with a Twitter account? Well, sadly, with Conrad Black and Rupert Murdoch, the… Continue reading

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Clegg takes on the Establishment (and the Tories) again

29 May 2012 16:10

So Nick Clegg wants to present himself as anti-Establishment, does he? That’s hardly surprising. After all, the Deputy Prime Minister has ploughed this furrow before now, attacking the ‘vested interests’… Continue reading

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