Plus ça change, plus c’est la même Murdoch

Lede of an editorial in the Daily Telegraph of London:

In the parliamentary debate on the new Broadcasting Bill, not enough attention is being given to a major issue of principle. We refer to the excessive concentration of ownership control over the print and broadcast media.

The new Broadcasting Bill will allow a foreign-owned company, which already owns over 35 per cent of our national press, simultaneously to control four television channels with national coverage. We refer to Rupert Murdoch’s ownership of Sky Television and five newspaper titles.

This flies in the face of the well-established public interest safeguards designed to keep the control of television and newspapers in separate hands.

The date of the Daily Telegraph editorial?

January 23, 1990.

Daily Telegraph on Murdoch’s currently beleaguered British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) takeover attempt here.

Context is everything. Just ask News of the World.

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