Rupert Murdoch

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 26 JAN 07 - Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, News Corporation, USA, captured during the session "Who Will Shape the Agenda?" at the Annual Meeting 2007 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 26, 2007. Copyright World Economic Forum ( on Flickr

Many years ago I read the hilariously funny (yet depressingly pertinent and prescient) doomsday novel “Stark” by Ben Elton, and I remember thinking even then that the despicable character Sly Moorcock was an ingenious symbol for Rupert Murdoch – different enough for Ben Elton to avoid any libel charges, but similar enough for anyone (who knew the Murdoch basics) to spot the hilarious parallels. Now with the Murdoch empire – or at least sizeable portions of it – showing signs of an imminent implosion, especially gaining momentum with the News Of The World phone-hacking scandal, every new article – e.g. [here], [here], & [here] – and every YouTube video – e.g. [here], [here], & [here] – reminds me again of the parallel between the two characters, and leaves me almost hoping Rupert would share Sly’s fate, but not quite (I’m too humane to really mean it). Below is a link to the Wikipedia page about the book, but I am prefacing it with a spoiler alert – if you intend to read the book at some point then don’t scroll down to the synopsis section – it spoils the story. It is better if you don’t know the ending:

Read about Stark at Wikipedia.

By the way, for those wishing to know what “the Milly Dowler incident” is all about (a pivotal event in the phone-hacking saga), read the section on the Wikipedia page. Also – I just discovered this little gem of a quote on the Wikipedia page for News Corporation:

Prince Alwaleed bin Talal al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, through his Kingdom Holding Company, owns 7% of News Corp.’s shares, making Kingdom Holdings the second largest shareholder.


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