Can Rupert Murdoch save The Sun? – The Drum Opinion – It is hard to imagine a long-term future for News Corp in British papers. But if Rupert Murdoch wants to save The Sun he must get on the front foot. (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Instead, Rupert Murdoch focused on protecting the notorious Brooks, a former editor of News of the World, and then belatedly moved against her after closing the biggest-selling paper in the English speaking world.
Exiting the Sunday tabloid market was a huge admission of weakness and wrongdoing which only served to embolden the regulatory, judicial, legal, political and police avalanche against the company.
It also was the major contributor to a $150 million-plus plunge in operating profits from News Corp’s UK newspapers which finance director David DeVoe admitted to during last week’s profit conference call. That’s on top of $188 million in one-off costs that the company has also written off over the past two quarters.
Even worse, the closure weakened News Corp’s ability to fight back through its biggest selling paper which has traditionally had huge clout.
Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck is one axed, arrested and bailed former News Corp employee who has gone public against the company.
After the recent spate of arrests, including of The Sun’s veteran chief reporter John Kay, Thurlbeck wrote the following:
Perversely, that very same company, which applauded their chief reporter and signed off the payments to his contacts, is responsible for handing him over to the police.
It is not an overstatement to say that I cannot think of another example of behaviour which rates higher on the scale of sickening hypocrisy.
These acts of treachery by News Corporation are literally destroying the lives of the people who served them loyally and did their bidding.
The anger among Sun staff at the moment is straight from the furnace and springs from the company’s desire to sacrifice anyone in order to protect itself. They have effectively declared war on their own staff, a disastrous corporate strategy.
Many have called me to vent their anger. One told me: “The hatred at The Sun is at such a pitch, senior executives ought to seriously consider hiring bodyguards when they go out at night.”
Hmmm, that last line sounds like a school tabloid threat of violence.
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