How Murdoch gave the deathblow to Fleet Street

By Carlos Martin Tornero

Find out  what role the Aussie magnate played in the end of Fleet Street, the birthplace of London’s and Britain newspapers.

Rupert Murdoch in 1969 (Source: BBC archive)

History repeats itself. Murdoch is making the headlines with the takeover of BskyB. However all these headings are the echoes of the news back in 1969 when the Australian media tycoon took full control of News of the World Group. He  then became the managing director of his first Fleet Street newspaper and soon after he purchased The Sun, The Times and The Sunday Times.

Then he said: “Anyone interested in journalism and mass newspapers realises that Fleet Street is the heart of it all. To be in Fleet Street is to be at the heart

Time's Cover boy in June 2007 (Source: Time Magazine)

Fleet Street’s heart was in good health. But in the eighties all of a sudden, the heart of the traditional newspapers industry stopped pumping more ink. Then all newspapers moved to the London’s docklands. Was it due to a heart attack or to  Murdoch’s stab in the back?

Carlos Martin Tornero went to Fleet Street to ask Nigel Roche one the last Mohicans of the printers, Head of the St Bride Library and a good friend of this blog.  Listen here to learn more:

Murdoch introduced a Trojan horse inside the Trade Union Congress: “He made a striking genius move.  The  TUC was unable to fight Murdoch…

Nigel Roche with an old press and the traditional paper hat worn by craft trademen like carpenters, masons and printers (Image: Carlos Martin Tornero)


Published in: on March 27, 2011 at 7:04 pm  Leave a Comment  

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