The schools crusade that links Michael Gove to Rupert Murdoch | Politics | The Guardian
At the end of summer 2010, Murdoch formally hired Klein for $2m (£1.3m) a year, plus a $1m signing bonus, to launch what he called a “revolutionary, and profitable, education division”. Murdoch bought Wireless Generation, a US educational technology firm, for $360m, and gave it to Klein to run. Murdoch’s vision was that he would digitise the world’s so far unexploited classrooms. He told investors: “We see a $500bn sector in the US alone that is waiting desperately to be transformed by big breakthroughs.” He envisaged some of News Corporation’s large library of media content being beamed to pupils’ terminals.
Gove seemed to be an enthusiast. He met Klein on 30 September 2010, before the announcement of his link-up with Murdoch. The Department for Education does not explain the circumstances, other than saying “more than 10 others” were present for a “general discussion”.
The following month, Murdoch flew to London again, to deliver the Margaret Thatcher lecture at the Centre for Policy Studies. He called for a revolutionised education system in the UK “that really teaches … In the last decades, I’m afraid, most of the English-speaking world has spent more and more on education with worse and worse results”.
He boasted: “That is why so many of my company’s donations are devoted to the cause of education – including the adoption of new academies here in London. There is no excuse for the way British children are being failed”