October 20, 2010
Published in Il Giornale, October 13, 2010
In fact, according to English papers, the
concentration of TV channels belonging to Berlusconi is marginal compared to
what is about to occur in Great Britain.
Rupert Murdoch, the Grand Old
Man of news, has created a problem so serious it prompted left and
right-leaning newspapers to put aside their political and editorial
differences and join together in an effort to stop his expansion.
But in reality the increase would make extraordinary new financial resources available to the Australian tycoon, and the resulting conglomeration of publications would be such that on one hand, it could unhinge the advertising market through combined offers, while on the other create synergies among the various publications.
Particularly online, allowing him to assume a
dominant position on the Internet as well, where the future of publishing
will play out in the next few years.
The turnover of the News Corporation group
amounts to £9 billion, double that of the BBC, just to provide an idea. And
still thereís more. News Corp swallowed publishing house HarperCollins as
well as dozens of newspapers around the world, particularly in America with
the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, the Weekly Standard, and the Fox
From Thatcher on (including Labourís Tony
Blair), only candidates in the good graces of the Australian publisher, who
invites politicians and prime ministers to his properties for an
exclusive and very private annual meeting, have won.
The editorial office of
BskyB has been respected for its
objectivity while synergy with the other publications of the group was
non-existent; in the future it could be required to answer to a single mind,
a single hand, which may move to cut costs, merge editorial staffs, sweep
the Internet, and push solid paper competitors such as the Guardian and the
Telegraph or TVís Channel 4 - tiny and fragile in the face of a giant such
as the News Corporation - off the market.
And considered very, very frightening...