Newsroom culture: how Murdoch set the tone at his tabloids | Hacking inquiry – Hacked off
At immense risk of invoking Godwin’s Law, this is usefully understood as “Working towards the Fuhrer”. Murdoch senior’s hands are likely to be clean, legally if not morally.
Nevertheless, examination of the way that “tone-setting” worked at News International is extremely worthwhile. It is often noted that Murdoch took a much more enthusiastic interest in the contents of his tabloids, The Sun and the News Of The World, than his qualities, The Times and The Sunday Times. This is not merely the personal preference it is often portrayed as being. It is in keeping with the unwritten rules of two differing cultures within journalism. These rules are barely ever acknowledged, not least because they are far from hard and fast. But they are important and highly influential. Qualities, broadly, are writer-led. Populars, broadly, are editor-led.