Tuesday, November 24, 2020

NEWS CORP SCANDAL THREATENS BRITISH PRIME MINISTER

May 25, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Only weeks before he was appointed Culture Secretary with the remit to assess the consequences of Rupert Murdoch’s bid to take over complete ownership of BSkyB, the British satellite TV service, Jeremy Hunt sent a message to Prime Minister David Cameron urging that the government approve the deal. The message was disclosed today (Friday) during […]

SCOTLAND YARD CRITICIZED FOR QUESTIONING JOURNALIST

September 9, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

The conduct of Britain’s Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) vis-à-vis the news media has again come under the scrutiny of lawmakers after it was learned that Amelia Hill, a reporter for the Guardian newspaper who has been covering the phone-hacking scandal, was questioned by police “under caution.” (The legal terms means that the words of the […]

WILL MURDOCH COMPLETE $14-BILLION ACQUISITION OF BSKYB?

July 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said over the weekend that he will allow opponents of Rupert Murdoch’s effort to buy complete ownership of satellite operator BSkyB until the end of this week to raise final objections. Hunt has already telegraphed that he is disposed to giving Murdoch’s News Corp the clearance to complete the acquisition. […]

EASTWOOD APPEALS FOR SURVIVAL OF U.K. FILM COUNCIL

August 9, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Clint Eastwood has a formidable foe in his sights, the British government. Last week, he fired off a letter to George Osborne, Britain’s chancellor of the exchequer (analogous to the U.S. secretary of the treasury) appealing to him to reverse the decision to shut down the U.K. Film Council as part of a cost-cutting move […]

NEW BRITISH GOVERNMENT WITHDRAWS BFI FUNDS

June 18, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Struggling to come to grips with the country’s soaring deficit, the new British government said Thursday that it has scrapped plans to contribute $67 million to the construction of a new home for the British Film Institute. In announcing the decision, Jeremy Hunt, the new head of the government’s Dept. of Culture, Olympics, Media and […]