His first attempt to buy out Britain’s monopoly satellite broadcasting platform in 2011 was doomed by the unraveling phone hacking scandal. Now Murdoch is trying once again to consolidate his grip on the UK media in a move on Sky that was announced late on a Friday afternoon, pre-Christmas, and post Parliamentary recess. David Yelland, former editor of the Sun, told Channel 4 News “I don’t think there will be much opposition to this”. We must prove him wrong and not allow this further extension of Murdoch’s media power to go unchecked. Please sign and share our petition widely.
WHY WE NEED MEDIA REFORM
Britain has one of the most concentrated media environments in the world, with 3 companies in control of 71% of national newspaper circulation and 5 companies in command of 81% of local newspaper titles.
The hacking scandal and its aftermath demonstrated how that power has been used nationally, whilst at local level community after community is losing the means to publicly hold power to account.
Urgent reform is needed to reclaim the media in the interest of the public.
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