3. Murdoch also owns 39 percent of BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster in Great Britain, and is trying to acquire 100 percent of the company. Do you think his closing of the News of the World is related to that potential acquisition? After doing outside research, explain what it will mean in terms of consolidated media and economic power if Murdoch succeeds in gaining control of BSkyB?
The shutdown of News of the World was closely intertwined with the attempt of Murdoch to establish total control over BSkyB. He tried to limit damage from the scandal and remove a possible obstacle to the takeover of British Sky Broadcasting, known as BSkyB (Lyall, 1). In fact, the decision by Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate, the News Corporation, to close the paper, The News of the World, seemed to be a calculated move to help protect Mr. Murdoch’s proposed $12 billion takeover of the pay-television company British Sky Broadcasting (Lyall, 1).
Lyall, S. “Scandal Shifts Britain’s Media and Political Landscape.” New York Times, 2011. Retrieved on July 17, 2011 from http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/08/world/europe/08britain.html?_r=2&hp=&pagewanted=all