“The British tabloid newspapers are very addictive.”- Nick Jones
Why is it the most powerful politician in Britain had to rely on an ex-editor? What did Cameron know about the phone hacking scandal being his close relationship to Andy Coulson? Nick Jones, an Author and former BBC Political Correspondent, explained all at a recent Coventry Conversation.
Nick started by talking about one of the biggest powers behind the papers and the media, Rupert Murdoch. He described Murdoch as: “The most promiscuous newspaper proprietor of all.” This referred to the fact that Murdoch has changed his political view numerous times over the past thirty years. Murdoch supported Thatcher and the Conservatives in the eighties and this was shown by his papers backing up all her policies and campaigns. It was his support for Thatcher that led to the expansion of News Corporation as she supported the takeover of the Times in 1981 and also supported the set up of BSkyB who are the richest Television Organisation in Britain. He then in 1997 started supporting Blair, who was Labour and his papers published ‘Vote Labour Today’ with pictures of Blair and Brown as if they would change everything.