Murdoch Accused Of Piracy, Australian Media Silent: Here Is What They Aren’t Saying

Add a new word to your lexicon: corruptocracy – rule by the corrupt

TV piracy claims heap more pressure on Murdoch empire
By Georgina Prodhan and Sonali Paul

LONDON/MELBOURNE | Wed Mar 28, 2012 4:12am EDT

(Reuters) – Pressure is building in Britain and Australia for fresh probes into Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, already under siege over phone-hacking claims, after allegations that it ran a secret unit that promoted pirating of pay-TV rivals.

The Australian Financial Review on Wednesday alleged that News Corp had used a special unit, Operational Security, set up in the mid-1990s, to sabotage its competitors, reinforcing claims in a BBC Panorama documentary aired earlier this week.
More here: Reuters

Murdoch’s News Ltd. Rejects TV Piracy Claim in Australia
Published: March 28, 2012
SYDNEY — Rupert Murdoch’s embattled media empire found itself facing fresh controversy on Wednesday, after an Australian newspaper published an investigative report alleging that News Corporation had engaged a special unit in the mid-1990s to sabotage its competitors, leading the Australian government to call for a criminal investigation into the claims.
More here: The New York Times

Pay TV piracy hits News
By Neil Chenoweth
Published: March 27, 2012
A secret unit within Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation promoted a wave of high-tech piracy in Australia that damaged Austar, Optus and Foxtel at a time when News was moving to take control of the Australian pay TV industry.

The piracy cost the Australian pay TV companies up to $50 million a year and helped cripple the finances of Austar, which Foxtel is now in the process of acquiring.
More here: Financial Review

News piracy allegations should be investigated by police: Conroy
By Judith Ireland
Published: March 28, 2012 – 4:31PM
Media reports that Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp promoted the pirating of its international pay-TV rivals were serious, and allegations of any criminality should be investigated by police, the Australian government said today.

“These are serious allegations and any allegations of criminal activity should be referred to the Australian Federal Police for investigation,” a spokesperson for Senator Conroy said.

Separately, Treasurer Wayne Swan told a conference in Melbourne that the allegations of News piracy were “concerning”.

More here: The Sydney Morning Herald

text by @redglitterx
pirate flag by #anonymous


2 Comments to “Murdoch Accused Of Piracy, Australian Media Silent: Here Is What They Aren’t Saying”

  1. Amazing today that the biggest story in the country, and our supposedly neutral, national broadcaster remains silent. Of late the interrelationship between Murdoch’s minions and Aunty have been almost incestuous. The silence has been deafening.

    • Yes Yes Yes – has Aunty become part of the Murdochracy?
      What has been the biggest story in Australian media today – a drug addict football player and Matthew Newton.
      But whoever said having 70% media concentration was a bad thing – probably did say in the Australian media thats for sure
      Thanks for your comment
      redglitterx for TurnLeft

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