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2011-07-26  阳光妥妥
默多克四面楚歌 传媒帝国或遭瓦解
Murdoch faces calls for break-up of media empire
[ 2011-07-19 09:05 ]

默多克四面楚歌 传媒帝国或遭瓦解


News International chief Rebekah Brooks, seen here on July 1, has resigned amid the phone-hacking scandal engulfing the British newspaper group, a News Corp. spokeswoman said.

Rupert Murdoch faced calls Sunday for the break-up of his British media empire despite issuing a second public apology for the phone-hacking scandal that has gone to the heart of the establishment.

The media baron's latest attempt to atone for the crisis spawned by the News of the World fell on deaf ears as opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband called for new ownership laws to dismantle his British media interests.

Britain's top police officer meanwhile came under renewed pressure over his links to Murdoch's executives, adding to concerns about the Australian-born magnate's influence in the corridors of power.

Miliband told The Observer that politicians should look at the situation, saying: "I think it's unhealthy because that amount of power in one person's hands has clearly led to abuses of power within his organisation."

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, of the Liberal Democrats, also said he wanted more "plurality" in the British media, although he suggested that any action should wait until the results of a judge-led inquiry into the scandal.

"We do need to look again, in the round, at the plurality rules, to make sure there is proper plurality in the British press. A healthy press is a diverse one," he told the BBC.

Clegg said Murdoch must "come absolutely clean" when he, his son and heir apparent James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks, former head of his British newspaper wing News International, face questions from lawmakers this week.

In the past week, Murdoch has closed the News of the World tabloid, abandoned his offer for control of pay-TV giant BSkyB and let go two top executives, Brooks and Dow Jones chief Les Hinton, in a bid to control the crisis.

But the scandal has grown and Murdoch has this weekend taken out full-page adverts in most of Britain's national newspapers apologising.

After an ad saying "We are sorry" and signed by Murdoch appeared on Saturday, another version entitled "Putting right what's gone wrong" appeared in Sunday's newspapers on behalf of News International.

It promised to fully cooperate with police investigating the hacking, provide compensation for those targeted and clean up its act in future, adding: "There are no excuses and there should be no place to hide."

(Read by Renee Haines. Renee Haines is a journalist at the China Daily Website.)
















英国窃听门升级 传阵亡军眷也遭窃听


默多克长子突然离职 家族权力争夺日益激烈


(中国日报网英语点津 实习生高美 编辑:陈丹妮)


phone-hacking: 电话窃听

baron: a person who owns or controls a large part of a particular industry(工商业巨头)

atone for: 弥补;抵偿

spawn: to cause something to develop or be produced(引发;引起;导致;造成)

fall on deaf ears: to be ignored or not noticed by other people(不被理睬;不被注意;被置若罔闻)

magnate: a person who is rich, powerful and successful, especially in business 权贵;要人;富豪;(尤指)产业大亨

in the round: 全方位地,全面地

come clean: 全盘招供;和盘托出




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