Thursday, 30 June 2011

A good day to bury big news!

What is today’s big news story? Most will argue that the one day strike by public sector workers is the leading story today and it looks like the Government would be desperate to agree with you.

Francis Maude, architect of public sector pension reform, was all over my TV this morning and I notice that his name, along with Mark Serwotka of the Public & Commercial Services Union, is currently trending on Twitter.

But hang on what’s this? An alert hits my inbox with news about the BskyB bid from Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation which many believe is a distinct threat to media plurality. Apparently, “Jeremy Hunt gives green light to takeover”.

Would this be the same BskyB bid that generated more than 40,000 submissions for the Department of Culture, Media & Sport consultation; the same deal that has already seen off Business Secretary Vince Cable, embarrassed Cameron with tales of horse riding in the Cotswolds and cosy Christmas dinners with Rebekah Wade Chief Executive of News International?

Is this the same deal that hundreds of thousands of people have signed petitions about calling for a full independent investigation and a the deal that is opposed by Trinity Mirror, BBC, Guardian Media Group, Telegraph Media Group and Daily Mail publisher Associated News and Media?

The Government wouldn’t be trying to bury this story would it?


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