Is Cameron cosying up to Murdoch with his BBC bashing?
n a signed article for the Sun (3.11.2008), Cameron was firmly on message in a double-page spread: “Tory chief hits out — Bloated BBC out of touch with viewers”. Cameron hit all the right buttons: the licence fee should be reduced and the argument that the BBC needed to attract large audiences was “bogus”. But more importantly Cameron sided with Murdoch in arguing that the BBC should stop abusing its position by trying to compete with newspaper websites. Because of their heavy investment in online services — some of which are beginning to make money — it is essential from the Murdoch perspective that there should be no effective competition from the BBC. Cameron delivered just the line that he knew would appeal to Murdoch: “The squeezing and crushing of commercial competitors online or in publishing needs to be stopped”.