21.11.06

Bush's Chief Propogandist Murdoch is 'threat to democracy'

Telegraph | Money | Murdoch is 'threat to democracy':

[Branson] said: 'If the Sun and the Sunday Times and Sky and the News of the World all come out in favour of one particular party, the election is going to be won by that particular party. Basically we have got rid of democracy in this country and we might as well let Murdoch decide who is going to be our Prime Minister.'

He said the Government should act to ensure there is a 'counterbalance' to Sky's buying power in the TV industry. 'That's what we have been doing with NTL and Telewest, trying to provide that balance. 'We would like to be working closely with ITV, but we will have to see how the competition authorities deal with this and how they react.'

He went on: 'More and more of the British media do not have the courage to stand up to him. Every government, not just the Labour Government, should stand up to him and draw a line in the sand. His empire should be looked at by competition authorities and it should be decided if it's good for democracy in Britain that one person has so much influence.'

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He went on: "More and more of the British media do not have the courage to stand up to him. Every government, not just the Labour Government, should stand up to him and draw a line in the sand. His empire should be looked at by competition authorities and it should be decided if it's good for democracy in Britain that one person has so much influence."

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