DRAFT: … Murdoch… Football… Italy…

🙂 Italy-Belcanto > ‘Il Corriere della Grisi’… ‘No Compromise’
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This Writing Was Basically Part Of
🙂 JIWON to ITALY: Therefore, I Went To ‘Il Corriere della Grisi’. Will Italian Leftists Call Me ‘Lega Nord’? I Care Nothing. Diaspora Jews or Arabs? Members of West-Eastern-Divan-Orchestra? I Never Compromise On This Issue (Apr 19 – Jul ?, 2010)

In Case You Want To Read Previous Parts…
🙂 PART-1: Therefore, I went to “Il Corriere della Grisi” (Apr 19, 2010)
🙂 PART-2: From Licia Albanese to Anna Netrebko. From Puccini to Wagner. From Anna Netrebko to Galina Vishnevskaya. From Galina Vishnevskaya to Elena Bashkirova. From Russian Wife to Russian Whore (Apr 22, 2010)
🙂 PART-3: Whose Racism? Berlusconi or Murdoch? Only A Pig Is Seen In The Eyes Of A Pig. Whose Immigration Policy? Berlusconi or Prodi? Am I Opening Pandora’s Box In Italy? (Apr 23 – May 6, 2010)
🙂 PART-4: AC-Milan’s “Catenaccio” & La-Scala’s “Bel-Canto”! When Both Italian Cultures Are Dying… Why Don’t Italian Kids Open The Real Debate After “2010 World Cup”? Let’s Hope Italian Kids Not To Prove La Scala’s German Whore Waltraud Meier’s Arrogant Big Mouth On Italian Stupidity… (May 6 – 13, 2010)
🙂 PART-5: Meanwhile, Eternal Absolutist Berlusconi Had Better Whisper Into His Coach’s Ear Instead Of Yelling Them Via The Media!!! What If AC-Milan Operates Without Murdoch’s Journalism, Whether It Needs To Improve Organizational Culture Or Not? (May 15 – 26, 2010)
🙂 PART-6: AC-Milan Only Have €30M To Spend Compared To Inter’s €100M. UEFA Sets New Rules? What Is The Most Profitable Business For “La Voce dei Rossoneri”, When Both “Football World & Italy” Are On The Brink Of Bankruptcy? (May 28 -Jun 11, 2010)
🙂 PART-7: “World Cup 2010” Starts. Let’s Imagine “Old Screw Silvio’s” Furious Face. Who Says, “Serie A Is Too Defensive And Barcelona Have More Depth Than Inter”? Who Says, “In 80’s & 90’s, There Was A Serie A Supremacy”? (Jun 16 – 18, 2010)
🙂 PART-8: “World Cup 2010” Struggles. Everybody Is Talking About Defense. However, Do All Of Them Look Like “Italian Catenaccio”? The Beauty Of Italian Football. Dear Italy, Produce Another Roberto Baggio! (Jun 21-23, 2010)
🙂 PART-9: “World Cup 2010” Fails. “Lega Nord” Paid Slovakia. Italian Football Without “Alleanza Nazionale”? End Of Story! Blame “Parlamento”, Which “Offensive League” Has Contributed To “The Bankrupt Italy” And “Collapse Of Catenaccio”! It Was The Last Chance To Enjoy “Pura Nazionale Italia”! “Forza ITALIA”!!! (Jun 25 – Jul 5, 2010)

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PART-?a: Murdoch’s Football Plan In 1998. “Not for Sale!: Manchester United, Murdoch and the Defeat of BSkyB”


The Business of football
Jul 17, 2010
(…) In September 1998, Edwards and the board accepted an offer from Rupert Murdoch of BskyB which valued the club at nearly £650m, a huge increase from the original value at floatation just a few years earlier.
Many fans opposed the sale and a group calling themselves Shareholders United Against Murdoch (aka Shareholders United and now MUST) formed to lobby against the takeover. In the end, the influence of the fan groups was minimal as it was government competition rules which meant the takeover was ruled against the public interest and blocked in 1999. (…)

Sport: Football
United heroes join BSkyB fight
Sep 15, 1998

Not for Sale!: Manchester United, Murdoch and the Defeat of BSkyB
Amazon.co.uk Review
On 9 September, 1998, the plc board of Manchester United Football Club decided to accept BskyB’s takeover bid. This book charts the campaign waged by both fans and shareholders of the club against the bid made by the Rupert Murdoch-owned broadcasting company, until its eventual rejection at the hands of the Monpolies and Mergers Commission and the DTI on 9 April, 1999. From being told “You’re tilting at windmills”, after seven months those behind the campaign had the last laugh. Brown and Walsh examine in detail the bid itself and the events which followed, whilst keeping the proposed deal and the campaign fought against it in a wider context than solely the club and corporation in question. The outcome is a work with focus for detail but awareness of a broader scenario. The many supporters of Manchester United, all around the world, will no doubt be interested and the story told will no doubt enlighten most of them on the real working of the club. For the rest of us, the minutiae may not be so relevant. However, the principles remain important. What if it was your club? As the implications of this particular episode take on ever greater importance, this report will for some time remain a document of importance for those involved and interested in the issue it confronts. –Trevor Crowe
Product Description
Describing in detail how the audacious attempt by Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB television company to buy Manchester United was halted, this book draws on a variety of sources to track the events following the announcement of the bid. It examines the reaction of both the media and the football world to the astonishing outcome. After seven months of hard campaigning and a coalition of forces centred around the independent Manchester United Supporters Association, the British Government was forced to block the bid and save the club from becoming another of Murdoch’s many conquests.
Comment-J. Hyde “Jay” / 18 Mar 2009:
Excellent book laying down the frailties of our system when foreign companies want to ‘own’ our companies. The cosiness that sky had with NL in opposition was shown to not hold water when the truth & fans anymosity was seen. Shame the UK Govt didn’t stand up to recent ‘acquisition’ with borrowed money @ extortionate rates that will surely see banks foreclose. We’ll be there to buy OUR club back. Well done Adam & Andy – Forza MUFC.

Article: Rupert’s football game plan Rupert Murdoch’s acquisition of a slice of the action at Chelsea FC is just the latest move in his new strategy to keep cashing in on Premiership football. COLIN ADAMSON and SARAH SHANNON explain the game plan
Article from: The Evening Standard (London, England)
Article date: March 3, 2000
IN THE AUTUMN of 1998, Rupert Murdoch unveiled his audacious masterplan to use football as the battering ram with which he would attempt to break down the door for pay-per-view television. His company BSkyB offered 623million to buy Manchester United, English football’s leading light. It left competitors gasping and the United board looking forward to massive windfalls.
The combination of BSkyB, which owns the rights to screen live Premier League football until 2001, and Manchester United, the world’s biggest football club, presented an irresistible prospect to investors. BSkyB was ideally placed to promote the United brand to an eager public at a time of almost unparalleled

Love football, hate debt: The FC United story
Jan 28, 2010
Back in 1998, a substantial number of Manchester United supporters launched a protest movement against media magnate Rupert Murdoch’s proposed takeover of their club. In 2005, many of those same supporters protested against US businessman Malcolm Glazer as he tried to do the same.
In contrast to the success of the anti-Murdoch campaign in getting the Monopolies and Mergers Commission to overturn the takeover, the protests five years ago were, of course, in vain. Malcolm Glazer bought the club and brought in family members as non-executive directors on the board.
Despite the initial indignation, the widespread anger around Old Trafford became significantly less pronounced as United delivered success on the pitch and gave those who stayed loyal to the club little to complain about. As predicted, ticket prices increased, but so did demand for seats as Sir Alex Ferguson established a team that won three Premier League titles, the Champions League, the FIFA World Club Cup and the League Cup.
In recent months, though, supporters’ animosity has been growing again.
“There needs to be a system in place that gives those people who care most about their club a stake in their club. That may require legislation; it certainly requires stricter regulation from the football authorities.
“There are lots of different models for setting up supporter-owned football clubs. It’s not just ourselves and AFC Wimbledon – you look at Exeter and the success that they’ve got. It needs the support of organisations such as Supporters Direct to get off the ground and so people can share their experiences, but I certainly think it is the way football is going to go so that we have a sustainable future, free from the boom-and-bust system that we’ve got at the moment.
“There’s no better example than the current European champions to show that the idea of supporter-owned football clubs is serious and can mean success at the highest level. All you need is the will to get there.”


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PART-?b: “1998+10 = 2008”. Murdoch Man Behind League’s Global Plan.


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PART-?c: “2008+2 = 2010”. Murdoch Seeks Full Control Of BskyB… (but failed…).


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PART-?d: “BBC’s 2010 = Berlusconi’s 2010”. While The British Professionals Warn About Berlusconi’s Britain, The Public Only Mourn Murdoch’s Britain.


“Things cannot go on the way they are” Jul 12, 2010
Philosopher Slavoj Žižek argues that unless we think about a radical new beginning, the likes of Berlusconi are the political future
JohnRussell / 12 Jul 2010, 10:17AM
@Brussellsexpat – I am as appalled as anyone at the hold Berlusconi has on Italian politics but Italy is not the world. The rest of the world, I think you’ll find, is the property of Mr Murdoch.
Brusselsexpats / 12 Jul 2010, 6:57PM
Gandolforeturns – The Italians are some of the most sophisticated and political-savvy people I have ever met. They are also among the most cynical concerning politicians. In fact Italians have a wonderful ability to ignore their politicians altogether which is just as well considering the number of post-war governments they have had.
Traditionally it has been the head of the great businesses – like Fiat’s Agnelli – who have been the real rulers of Italy, so it was only a matter of time before someone like Berlusconi took office.
However Left-wing politicians have had a number of opportunities to break the mould of corruption and failed. Ask the Italians why they stopped voting for them. I can’t believe that the sight of Berlusconi’s Babes on TV (and I’ve seen a great deal of Italian TV by the way) could somehow change a voter’s opinion if that voter is going through economic hell.
Has it ever occurred to people that perhaps Berlusconi and Murdoch are influential because they are saying things people want to hear and that they are just very clever at tapping into a zeitgeist rather than commanding obedience from the downtrodden masses?
Personally I take no notice whatever of anything Murdoch’s press says. I will make up my own mind and I admit there is a case for limiting media monopoly. I just don’t believe it makes that much difference when push comes to shove.
Elections are always – always – won on economics. If the Berlusconi regime were to drastically impoverish the Italians tomorrow I wouldn’t give his government three months no matter how many all-singing, all-dancing girly shows he bombarded the airwaves with.
The test will come soon enough – the economic crisis is so bad in Italy it’s just a matter of time before he falls.

Stick up for the BBC. It’s the last bulwark against rule by the mob Jul 24, 3010
(…) It was an ugly moment – but characteristic of a poisonous American public culture. The bile, unfairness and lack of restraint in the blogosphere is infecting the mainstream media and thus American politics. Senior American politicians and officials of all political persuasions despair about its impact on political debate and policy. Tough decisions – on banks, on fiscal policy, on defence, on the Middle East – have become almost impossible. An organisation such as the BBC, committed to impartiality and accuracy, is seen as a last bulwark against populist government by the mob. Yet in Britain one wing of the coalition government is set upon attacking it, regarding the American media model as one we should copy. Matters are made more ominous by the degree of emerging cross-media dominance by News International – matched only in a western democracy by Berlusconi in Italy – that will be further sealed when Mr Murdoch’s bid for the balance of BSkyB he does not own is nodded through by the coalition. Lack of courage by weak politicians, with Blair and Brown especially culpable, is set to bequeath Britain the worst of the Italian and American media. Our culture and our democracy are at stake. (…)
NO-Berlusconi comment
grumpyoldman / 25 Jul 2010, 7:18AM
The question of left/right bias in the BBC is a red herring. The the right think the bias is to the left, the left believe that the converse is true.
The real question is whether the BBC is systematically economical with the truth or trades in outright lies and smears, à la Fox News.
Let’s be clear about one thing: the assault on the BBC is orchestrated by Murdoch and his ilk.
Heaven help us if they get their way.

Political Murdoch… government’s dog…
mmmmbeer / 25 Jul 2010, 10:49AM
You have only got to get out a bit around the world to realise how good the BBC is, despite its flaws. There is nothing to touch it. The Tories have a deep-seated prejudice against it just like their knee-jerk negative reaction to anything European, and I really fear for it., especially in an era when arse-licking Rupert Murdoch is de rigeur for a British government.
There is a nasty side to Doughboy Dave’s administration and the BBC had better watch out. It’s started with the Ashes and it will get vicious. It’s difficult for the BBC to fight back because as soon as they do they will be condemned as being anti-government thus confirming the bias of the BBC bashers. ‘Twas ever thus I suppose but there is a serious threat now that Will Hutton is right to alert us to. Unless we make our voices heard we might as well drop our trousers, bend over and get ready for Rupert.

Trash Murdoch…
Suleyman / 25 Jul 2010, 10:35AM
Will Hutton – An organisation such as the BBC, committed to impartiality and accuracy, is seen as a last bulwark against populist government by the mob.
Actually I generally trust the mob – it Murdoch and his apologists I distrust. Cut his taxpayer subsidies by putting VAT on newspapers now.
oncemanc / 25 Jul 2010, 2:11PM
“Why defend it?” says someoneionceknew 25 Jul 2010, 4:55AM.
I’ll tell you why. If you lose it you’ll get American style-media environment, in which the economic pecking order is never questioned. In the US, the Murdochs set the agenda. For all its faults of commission and omission, the BBC does give a bit of a platform to philosophical and political outsiders. It needs to do more; but if the BBC goes away, that platform will disappear completely.
bosbevok / 25 Jul 2010, 4:53PM
I took the opportunity of watching Fox News when in the USA last month, to see if it was bad as they say it is. It was worse.
Never has a phrase been more ironic than “Fair and Balanced”. As far as Fox News is concerned, Facts Are Free But Comment Is Sacred. It is also largely content free. If you want to be fully informed in an objective fashion, you are watching the wrong channel.
The in-your-face axe-grinding bias that every second pours from Fox News, makes me realise how grateful we should be that news broadcasting in this country is regulated.
This is a cause for which we must all, regardless of our political affiliation, fight, and keep Murdoch from poisoning the news well.
I hope to God that the government stands firm behind Ofcom and objectivity in news broadcasting. If it does not, then I really will regret voting Tory.
If Murdoch has his way, the BBC (a jewel in our national crown) will be thrown on the scrap heap and the UK broadcast news will mutate into the manure that is the parochial infotainment of American broadcast news.
bosbevok / 25 Jul 2010, 5:50PM
MoustacheWax – Unless you are a sports junkie (which I am not) then Sky is a complete waste of money. I think that the Tories (even more so than Labour) have had an axe to grind against the BBC and are fertile ground for the seeds which the Murdochs have been planting.
EUoverlord / 26 Jul 2010, 1:31PM
Even Sky news is riven with political correctness, which supports my point that there is an alliance between the super rich capitalists and communists. Murdoch obviously being in the former category.
Watching the newspaper review on Saturday night, the Sky news presenter went through every front page, except the Mail which was not held up to the camera at all. All that was said was there were allegations against Harriet Harman. It was only when I looked at the Mail website the next day that I realised how serious the allegations were. She had campaigned on behalf of an illegal overstayer after receiving cash (for the GE campaign i presume).
Amongst the people this is a serious crime. Among the politically correct corruptibles who rule us, this is par for the course.
And before anyone talks about the ridiculousness of communists and capitalists working together one must remember that they share many aims, internationalisation being a key one.
Indeed even Stalin in his youth was funded by capitalists in the Caucasus. Read “young stalin”

Despite BBC… trash Murdoch
DrGee / 25 Jul 2010, 9:40AM
DCarter @ 0851
Your comment echoed pretty much what I was planning to say. Anyone that thinks the BBC displays a left wing bias clearly has no idea what they’re talking about.
The BBC is clearly establishment biased and has increasingly become a mouthpiece for the likes of ACPO and the British Bankers Association. Even so I’ll defend it as the better than might be expected if Murdoch ever got his hate-filled way.
yahyah / 25 Jul 2010, 9:53AM
DavidShort – The fact that it is always left-wing papers like the Observer and Guardian who publish knee-jerk articles supporting the license lends support to the idea that the Beeb has a left-wing bias.
The two right wing papers that constantly slam the BBC at every opportunity
The Daily Mail and Telegraph have business interests in Sky [shareholdings].
What is so very wrong in having to pay £145 a year for all the radio stations and tv channels and BBC iplayer ?
Under Murdoch the cost would be nearer £1,000 a year and the viewing would be filled with adverts as well.
Marat / 25 Jul 2010, 10:20AM
The thing is, Sarah Montague is a prime example of the BBC mindset. And the BBC Mindset is left wing.
@TruffleWednesday – Fatuous nonsese she is about as left wing as Tony Blair,Gordon Brown. Evan Davies or Michael Gove .What the Neo Liberal Thatcherites dont like is anyone questioning any of their actions. Gove could not make his argument so in typica;l Thatcherite style attacked the interviewer knowing she could not defend herself
Murdoch and the support for Murdoch by the ConDems is a huge threat to Democracy just look at Skys Adam Bolton and the bias all Murdoch Media shows at every election. Labour has a huge amount to answer for and particularly for strengthening Murdoch hold over the media and his massive behind the scenes acess and influence throughout the Labour Government.
The Mob is the Neo Liberal Mafia that straddles all three parties and their Bankster pals in the City.
Vote Lib Dem Privatise the NHS
Abolished / 25 Jul 2010, 12:08PM
We surrender the idea of an independent national broadcaster at our peril. The best guarantee of freedom is untainted information, and whilst the BBC is moving steadily rightwards it is still all that stands between us and Murdoch.
Our £145 a year protects us from the Australian bastard and his kind. Richard Desmond will soon have Daily Express TV. All around us the right wing morons are broadcasting propaganda and the BBC is all we have between us and idiots like Gove wrecking it so as to pay off the Australian bastards family. That’s not more “choice”. That’s the last nail in the coffin of British society as we know it.
koichan / 25 Jul 2010, 2:19PM
The BBC is by no means perfect, but it’s many orders of magnitude better than the Murdoch propaganda machine we’d end up with if the BBC was dismantled.
I really do fear that this decade will see the death of the last non-privatised parts of the UK, the post office is in it’s privatisation death spiral and the NHS/BBC are squarely in the firing line 😦
I hope you like large corporation bias, because thats all we’ll likely hear in the future.
tondelayo / 26 Jul 2010, 12:22AM
I live in the States, the columnist is spot on about the poisonous quality of political discourse on radio and cable TV here. PLEASE don’t get rid of the BBC, you won’t know how much you’ll miss it until it’s gone and have nothing to turn to except the Murdoch media. The best shows on U.S. television are from the BBC!
Watson87 / 26 Jul 2010, 12:49AM
The Fox News comparison is relevant. If the BBC was broken up and sold off, Murdoch would be a likely buyer for large parts of it. My problem with Fox is that it is a unambiguous supporter of conservatism- as are the Sun and the Telegraph, Murdoch’s existing British businesses. It is not such a great leap of faith to assume that Murdoch would do the same to the BBC. The great thing about the BBC as it is, is that it gives voice to both sides of the spectrum- otherwise why would people on the left call it right leaning, and those on the right say the opposite?
Clearly you think you know what is wrong with the BBC- as I said, it isn’t perfect, and I could think of a lot of ways it could improve. What would you see done to it?
Lalongcarabine / 26 Jul 2010, 12:50AM
The BBC has kept me entertained and informed for some 60 odd years. Over those years, I have heard much opinion that I have vehemently disagreed with and much that I have not. To me, that speaks of some sort of balance. I have also noted that from time to time, politicians, particularly when in power, have complained of bias towards them, usually accompanied by some veild and some not so veild threats to impose restrictions or in some way break up and reduce the influence and scope of the BBC’s operations.
More recently you can add to the Beeb’s detractors the ITV companies and especially the unspeakable Rupert Murdoch, all of whom would like to get their grubby paws on some of the license fee. THIS SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAPPEN!
I recall when Murdoch appeared on terrestrial TV to launch BSkyB, saying what bad value the license fee was and how much cheeper and better Sky was going to be! Cheeper?! Better?! We all got every major sporting event for the cost of the license fee. What do you have to pay now? If you subscribe to Sky, that is. What you have got, is a lot of over paid, under performing footballers! That’s what!
While it is only right that the BBC should be able to justify the way they spend the license fee, it is not right that ‘fly by night, two bit politicians’ of what ever party, should attempt to coerce members of the Beeb’ with such threats, in an attempt to prevent them from holding them properly to account. I HAVE NEVER MARCHED IN PROTEST ON ANY SUBJECT, BUT I WOULD ON THIS ONE!!
snoopster / 26 Jul 2010, 12:47PM
It does worry me with all the threats against cutting the BBC and the clear Murdoch led attempt to ruin it in favour of his celebrity and tits led style. I have friends from various countries around the world, with various political stances, and all of them envy the BBC for the quality it produces (one should never forget that HBO worked with the BBC to co-produce shows like Band of Brothers, the Tudors and Rome, which are so often quoted as showing how inferior the BBC is to american channels)
HumanTraffic / 26 Jul 2010, 1:01PM
The fact that the left-wingers on here think the BBC is staffed by a pro-status quo, right-wing, neo-con supporting set of crypto-fascists and the right-wing think its shows “extreme left-wing bias” is indicative of the good job it does. As does the fact that every government, left or right, since Thatcher has attempted to undermine it.
Two obvious examples – Israelis think it is pro-Palestinian, Hamas and the left here think it too pro-Israeli (in this the analysis supports the view that it is too pro-Israel).
On the other hand, it is not so long since the David Kelly, Andrew Milligan, Gavin and Greg debacle, so all of you anti-war protestors on here saying how the BBC were so pro-war, please point to another mainstream media outlet where the two most senior members of the board were prosecuted and lost their jobs for being anti-war and where the lies of a mendacious government so exposed.
We continue to be dominated by the Murdoch empire, a domination that is growing and not subject to any controls beyond the politcial aggrandisement of its owner. The BBC and to a lesser extent, C4 are the only TV outlets that put any kind of roadblock in the way.
Bakersfield / 26 Jul 2010, 1:13PM
I think the BBC is deeply anti-Scottish and having become increasingly sickened by this no longer care for its fate. But I understand why the complete Murdochisation of the UK’s TV media is cause for concern.

BBC reform
Anax / 25 Jul 2010, 9:15AM
Rupert Murdoch will be dead in a few years time, and his empire will fall apart. Can we reform the BBC then?
cornhil / 25 Jul 2010, 11:12AM
The BBC mindset is anything but left wing, and their consistent argument that, if both sides scream bias, they must be getting the balance about right is as lazy as much of their journalism.
In principle, I support the existence of the BBC, but that belief has been sorely tested for some time by the poor quality of their news presentation. I have heard Interviewers brush aside reasoned replies to their questions as obviously too boring, their analysis is often shallow and insular, and, of course, their chief political correspondent allows his political bias to show under pressure. I fear that the coalition’s fealty to Murdoch might lead to the destruction or demasculation of the BBC, but in a way it only has itself to blame. Toadying to whoever is in power does not win friends and influence people in the wider world.
Come to think of it, the BBC shares the smug and narrow mindset of what were once progressive newspapers. If it wants to survive it should try to understand that public dissatisfaction is sometimes about more than inflated salaries.
pjl20 / 25 Jul 2010, 1:11PM
A complete restructuring of TV broadcasting is now long overdue in Britain.
How did we arrive where the BBC as a public broadcasting service became so large? The answer, because the annual TV license fee is increased every year and they have no competition for revenue.
The private broadcasting sector is now dominated by Murdoch’s Sky.
Time to split up the BBC into sections and privatise between two-thirds and three-quarters of it which then becomes part of the ITV network.
Introduce new rules to prohibit the oligopoly conditions such as we have at present. The quality of broadcast entertainment can only be improved by action of this nature.
Will Hutton is wrong in his assertions, a smaller BBC will still be able to retain its values.

Blaim BBC… Patriotic…
Thackeray / 26 Jul 2010, 11:47AM
Well said MickGJ
The BBC election campaign consisted of relentless attacks on the evil torys for stuff that had happened under the 13 years of New labour, it was desperate, cringeworthy stuff.
If they got really desperate & couldnt pin it on The Torys or that sinister man Cameron, they played their ideological get out of jail for free card & blamed it on the devil AKA Margaret Thatcher.
Absolutely cringeworthy, anti democratic, desperate stuff.
Who could blame The BBC for wanting to get rid of The BBC ?
emma2001 / 25 Jul 2010, 12:56AM
Stick up for the BBC. It’s the last bulwark against rule by the mob
Yes lets stick up for the BBC because if they go under no more BBC news 24 we will all be watching channels run by Mr Murdoch and his trillions of readers who read the Sun
and if ever anyone has watched Sky News counterpart in the USA Fox News we will all be watching with a sick bucket at our side
How wonderful our military are
How wonderful our police are
How wonderful our bankers are
and on and on and on

Sounds like from Italy…
jujumania / 26 Jul 2010, 2:41AM
More like Stick It To The BBC,a left wing biased, bloated, nepotistic, organization. Rupert Murdoch should take it over, he is the only one who can save this biased and bloated organization, start with abolishing the fee.
In this day and age paying a fee to own a TV is sheer madness, a fee that goes mainly to finance left wing propaganda.
The reporters of the BBC don’t report the news, they have become the news.


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PART-?e: “This 2010 = That 2010”. EU Regulators Deal Blow To Berlusconi’s Media Empire.


Taking stock: Murdoch’s Sky move
Mar 14, 2010
So why would Rupert Murdoch want to spend £6bn to take control of the remaining 61% of satellite TV giant BSkyB that he does not own?
Media regulator Ofcom is set this month to publish its report into the pay-TV market and it has already provisionally said it will demand that BSkyB share its live Premier League football – it owns the bulk of the rights – and first-run Hollywood blockbusters with its rivals at a wholesale regulated price.
(…) The other theory is that pay-TV is growing across the Continent and Murdoch could use BSkyB as a vehicle for entering more markets, especially in eastern Europe.
Those with long memories will recall that BSkyB has had its fingers burned there before. A decade ago it wrote off a £2bn investment in a German TV company that came to naught.
BSkyB’s non-News Corp investors have always resisted forays overseas, but if the company were to become wholly owned by News Corp, who knows which markets it might move into?
BSkyB has thrived in the recession and is well on the way to reaching its target of tenm subscribers by the end of the year. (…)

Murdoch seeks full control of BskyB… (but failed…) Jun 15, 2010

News Corp.’s Sky Italia Cuts Movie, Soccer Package Price by 26% Jun 28, 2010
FT.com / In depth – Sky Italia to kick off football price war Jun 27, 2010
Rupert Murdoch’s Sky Italia will on Monday begin a price war over football as it tries to counter losses to its archrival Mediaset, …

BT rivals Sky with pay-TV football deal Jul 2, 2010
Sky Sports 1 arrives on BT Vision but who benefits? Jul 2, 2010
BT may prove a winner but it’s loyal Sky subscribers will pay the price Jul 2, 2010
Sky Sports fans face price hike from September Jul 4, 2010

Battle of the broadcasters – BT vs SKY Jul 2, 2010
1. BT yesterday attacked its major TV rival, offering Sky Sports 1 for as little as £6.99 a month
2. Sky pre-empted the BT move by hiking its wholesale prices, hitting the telecom firm hard

Pay TV review Jun 29, 2010
The Daily Mail City team looks at the review which has forced Sky to reduce its stranglehold on sports broadcasting in the UK.
What’s that?
The greatest upheaval in Britain’s TV industry since Rupert Murdoch first set his sights on armchair sports fans two decades ago.
The review will diminish the huge power his BSkyB exerts through its near monopoly over the broadcasting rights for Premier League football and cricket.
Media regulator Ofcom, which conducted the three-year probe into the pay-TV industry, concluded that Sky’s dominant position in premium sports ‘constrained competition’ and reduced customer choice.
The satellite giant will now have to make its Sky Sports 1 and 2 channels available to rivals for a fixed price, raising the prospect of much lower subscription charges for consumers.

BT kicks up stink with cheapo Sky Sports package Jul 2, 2010
(…) In response to this, a clearly disgruntled Sky have bafflingly decided to raise prices for their sports channels, coming to effect in Autumn. Presumably, this is a sly way of raising the wholesale costs for BT. However, with potentially increased customers, BT may well be happy to run the project at a loss.
The interesting thing is seeing what people want. Most only want a Sky package for the football coverage, so they presumably won’t mind ditching Sky 1 and Sky Movies. The fight is on and, knowing Murdoch, this could get very ugly indeed. We can only hope.

Time to think of UEFA’s New Rule…

BT kicks up stink with cheapo Sky Sports package Jul 2, 2010
Posted by Adam | July 2nd, 2010 at 5:53 pm
Cleverly, Sky are going to be putting more key content onto Sky Sports 3, something these BT subscribers won’t have access to…

Murdoch seeks full control of BskyB… (but failed…) Jun 15, 2010
Murdoch BSkyB move defies conventional wisdom
Jun 15, 2010
Throughout the advertising recession triggered by the financial crisis, Rupert Murdoch hoarded his cash, determined not to make the mistake he made almost 20 years ago when he over-extended himself during the launch of his UK satellite television business, briefly endangering his control of his empire, News Corp.
Conventional wisdom would suggest that a media company which emerged with $8.2bn in cash on its balance sheet at the end of March should now be returning some to shareholders or spending it in one of the sector’s growth markets, such as India or Brazil, or subsectors riding the growth in internet advertising, education spending or video games sales.
Instead, Mr Murdoch is returning to the relatively slow-growing UK market, with a move to take full control of British Sky Broadcasting, the UK satellite operator in which he holds a 39.1 per cent stake, dating back to the 1990 merger of his Sky Television with British Satellite Broadcaster, its only direct rival.
It is a move that will test the relationship between the independent directors of BSkyB and the Murdoch family. James Murdoch, Mr Murdoch’s second son and heir presumptive to the News Corp crown, is both chairman of Sky and chief executive of News Corp Europe and Asia.
Independent directors led by Nicholas Ferguson, chairman of SVG Capital, the private equity company, have consented to move forward with a formal bid process, but with no other bidders realistically able to challenge a bid from BSkyB’s largest shareholder, they will not be able to fall back on hopes of a competitive auction.
News Corp’s bid will test UK shareholders’ view of “the Murdoch discount” – the perceived discount at which BSkyB’s shares trade because of its minority shareholder’s taste for bold but initially expensive bets on digital technology, Premier League football rights, Sky+ digital video recorders, high-definition broadcasts and provision of broadband services.
It will also test US shareholders’ appetite for this use of News Corp’s cash. Analysts and bankers not involved in the deal believe that Mr Murdoch is unlikely to want to jeopardise the company’s credit rating by taking on substantial debt, suggesting that part of any formal offer to BSkyB shareholders would be in News Corp paper.
“We would not be surprised to see a portion of the deal in stock [25 per cent or less], which could upset investors based on how inexpensive they perceive News Corp shares to be today,” Richard Greenfield, an analyst with BTIG Research, wrote to clients on Monday night.
Finally, the bid will test BSkyB’s relationship with UK regulators at a time when it is already challenging the outcome of a three-year investigation into the pay-television market by Ofcom, the UK communications regulator, which concluded it must sell its rights to English Premier League football and other premium programming to rivals.
Given News Corp’s effective control of BSkyB, even proceeding with a formal bid will require clearance from UK authorities.
News Corp has decided that it is worth trying to jump these hurdles, however. Its primary reason is that US accounting rules currently prevent it from consolidating BSkyB’s cash flows. Its earnings announcements currently include BSkyB’s profits only as a “share of equity earnings of affiliates.”
The parent company’s last earnings report shows how those earnings are increasing, however. Much aided by the absence of writedowns on an ill-fated investment in ITV, BSkyB contributed $338m to News Corp’s results in the first nine months of its financial year, up from $102m a year earlier.
The UK group’s cash flows are also expected to grow strongly in the medium term. BSkyB is in a relative lull in investment after heavy investments in high-definition television and broadband which are now paying off.
Having helped fund two decades of similar investments, being able to consolidate BSkyB’s cash flows would represent payback, and give more visibility to a profitable business.
It would also bolster the percentage of News Corp’s earnings coming from cable and satellite television businesses, currently led by Fox News, whose dual revenue streams have proved highly profitable and popular with shareholders.
This contrasts with News Corp’s newspaper assets, which range from The Sun in London to the Wall Street Journal, the New York financial title added to the portfolio in Mr Murdoch’s $5.7bn acquisition of Dow Jones in 2007. The value of Dow Jones has since been written down by half.
The interest in television also contrasts with Mr Murdoch’s earlier fascination with new media assets, such as MySpace, the social networking site which has lost substantial ground to Facebook and Twitter since he bought it for $580m in 2005.
Finally, the deal would strengthen News Corp’s position as one of the most geographically diverse US media groups at a time when the pound has weakened against the dollar. The currency argument is double-edged, however: while a weak pound lowers the cost of acquisition, it also reduces the value of BSkyB’s cash flows.
Bankers have long speculated that News Corp might one day rationalise its interests in European pay-television, which include full control of Sky Italia and 45 per cent of Sky Deutschland.
This idea has often been discounted by analysts and people close to the company, and the troubled start to its investment in Sky Deutschland may make News Corp particularly wary of taking a larger share of its German asset, but such deals would become less complex if News Corp owned 100 per cent of BSkyB.
Whether or not it pursues such deals, the move on BSkyB is Mr Murdoch’s most significant strategic manoeuvre in years, the biggest bet yet to expand James Murdoch’s part of his father’s empire, and the latest sign of the family’s enduring appetite for defying conventional wisdom.


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PART-?f: UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations? Murdoch Will Be Running The EPL!


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PART-?g: Who Says That “SKY” Have Ruined Football?


Sky have ruined Football!
전체다 할 것

Football’s debt to socialism Jul 6, 2010 / By guardian
bariloche / 6 Jul 2010, 11:32AM
Agree with most of this… Premier league x Murdoch’s money = crap England football team…

Roman Abramovich blundered by letting José Mourinho leave Chelsea Apr 25, 2010
Manosarriba / 25 Apr 2010, 1:30AM
Roman is probably uncomfortable with what makes Mourinho’s psychological ‘methodology’ work: the siege mentality that made us morph into the challenger to the ‘big 3’, the G14 and especially Murdoch United, and thereby become the enemies of football. The siege stuff worked for us for two years but for many Chelsea fans, and maybe Jose himself, we needed to get onto another level where our football and not Jose was doing the talking. It didn’t happen and the man who certainly is A Special One went off into his eggs/omelettes/untouchables darkness. As a long-standing Chelsea fan (like so many others, since 1970), I’m split between the desire to bring back our most successful manager at whatever cost because we will win things, and retaining/obtaining a manager that is capable of handling and beating the institutional/media obstacles in the hope of the more subtle approach working. Eventually…
Ancelotti may surprise us all and even win the double but ‘it’ won’t feel as satisfying somehow

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/davidbond/2010/05/its_financial_fair_play_stupid.html Football scrambles to tackle debt problem… UEFA’s Financial Fair Play Regulations
May 28, 2010
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27. At 1:31pm on 28 May 2010, dmrichkt wrote:
So basically Murdoch will be running the EPL. If SKY withdraw from their TV deal they would all go to the wall and not be able to play in the CL, they can use this as a way to pressurise the FA even further. As for the legality, of course UEFA can stipulate rules for their competitions just as every other sport can.
Can’t help feeling that it’s not going to work as the clubs who will be able to spend the most are the big clubs. I would have thought a wage cap(at boardroom and player level) would be the first step, followed by a limit on the number of players a team can hold the registration for. Transfer fees should be replaced by compensation linked to the players earnings(give the selling club a % instead of agents). Players don’t need agents, only agents need agents.
36. At 3:12pm on 28 May 2010, herbyone wrote:
At long last an attempt to reign in the excesses of European Football, and judging from some contributors to this column it has stirred up a great deal of paranoia and zenophobia. The measure isnt aimed primarily at the English Premier League, although with the exception of Real Madrid and Barcelona, they are the prime offenders, due almost entirely to the greed that has followed the money put up by Sky, very little of which finds it’s way down the food chain but also to the “Foreign Benefactors” who bankroll a very small number of clubs, removing virtually all chance of any club other than those with this backing to make any impact. Yes they will try and get around the new rules, especially those who have become used to the Champions League Millions, but perhaps if that money was to be diverted to the grass roots of football in Europe and the main prize was the genuine distinction of being the best team in the competition then those shadowy backers might not be so interested in buying up clubs.
55. At 5:51pm on 29 May 2010, hooper wrote:
Spain, are not going to do this, and we’ll fall even further behind Madrids and Barcas…
This may be good for Stokes and Wigans for competing with Evertons and Villas, but it’s not good for English representation in Europe.
Totally agree. I live in Spain and am sick of hearing the garbage over football finance and the rubbish that some British journalists come out with, praising madrid and Barcelona as if they are some sort of “fan-owned” socialist institutions. They are the worst culprits in Europe – financed illegaly with public money through tax evasion and rule-bending, and in NO WAY will they adhere to any laws which restrict their practices.
(All irrelevant though I suppose as UEFA would not punish them anyway.)


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PART-?h: Time To Check The Previous Report Again. So… Who Do You Think “Disagree” With This “Exact Comment”?

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🙂 PART-5: Meanwhile, Eternal Absolutist Berlusconi Had Better Whisper Into His Coach’s Ear Instead Of Yelling Them Via The Media!!! What If AC-Milan Operates Without Murdoch’s Journalism, Whether It Needs To Improve Organizational Culture Or Not? (May 15 – 26, 2010)
PART-5b: What If AC-Milan Operates Without Murdoch’s Journalism, Whether It Needs To Improve Organizational Culture Or Not?


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