When two men own the majority of the British press, do we have an issue with democracy? The Green Party have recently adopted a National Media Ownership Cap after consulting with campaign group TalkPolitics, and Ed Miliband included a cap as policy in his 2015 manifesto. But who are the two men who run the UK media?
Rupert Murdoch is a highly successful, if controversial, Aussie born media mogul. After his Father's death in 1952, Murdoch inherited his media companies and created his own private company. Since, News Corporation has become the world's second largest media conglomerate.
During the 1950s to the 1960s, Murdoch expanded from down under into the United Kingdom, taking over News of the World and The Sun. It wasn't long before he moved to the US to break America as well, subsequently buying papers such as the Times (UK.)
Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere, is a British viscount and Chairman of DMG Media. His media conglomerate includes the Daily Mail. Harmsworth inherited the news empire which was founded by his great-grandfather.
Rothermere, politically, is a big supporter of former Prime Minister David Cameron. He ranked fourth in the aforementioned Sunday Times rich list for the Publishing industry - making him one of the big boys in terms of influence and power.
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