FBI poised to step up investigation into News Corp – Crime – UK – The Independent
The former editor of The Times Sir Harry Evans, who resigned his editorship after disagreements with Rupert Murdoch, yesterday told BBC radio that Mr Murdoch should be deprived of his ownership of The Times: “He’s not the only saviour of the beast. This is part of the mythology ‘the only man who can save Times newspapers’ – hellfire! The Sunday Times was a hugely profitable newspaper before he took it over – he’s made it more profitable … – but it doesn’t in my view obviate all the things that came about.” He added: “Time and time again, Times newspapers have been used to push his commercial interests”, showing a “lack of integrity”. It was, he said, “against all my concepts of what an independent newspaper should be”.
He added that corruption was the penalty Britain had paid because “the leadership of the country is so in hock to a press proprietor”.