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The Hunt Murdoch Reunion
« on: August 04, 2012, 09:38:24 AM »
Jeremy Hunt pulled out of appearing on Newsnight last night, his office saying some thing had come up.

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Re: The Hunt Murdoch Reunion
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2012, 12:36:25 AM »
I am pleased to report that my letter was published in The Herald , Hunt's local paper today.

Dear Sir,

Democracy in our media is vital to how democratic our society is and how it
is governed.

It has been very depressing  to observe the actions of Jeremy Hunt during
the last two years.

He supported with all his heart the Murdoch bid to take control of
BSkyB,entrusting Murdoch with unprecedented control over how our news and
media would be delivered. He participated in an intimate exchange of
communication with James Murdoch and Fred Michel and made everyone question
the alphabet when apparently JH translates as AS.(Adam Smith)

Now, I think we should be very angry indeed, despite his lengthy Leveson
appearance where he denied that he had behaved improperly. although it
appears that his very young special advisor had, he was photographed
greeting Rupert Murdoch outside the Aquatic Centre

The Games have closed and the day after is the closing date for  submissions
to bid for local commercial television.

This is Mr Hunt's pet project. In spite of serious doubts about the
viability of local tv he has taken 25million from the BBC licence fee to
fund this, with no consent or consultation with the fee payer. It was  the
result of his very covert settlement with Mark Thompson.

 As a result of that fee settlement BBC management announced plans to cut
BBC local radio and that local service has been put in jeopardy.

It is astonishing that Hunt , who is the minister and custodian of our
media is putting it at risk in this way. Local media especially newspapers
such as this one who have a vital role in local democracy, and are
struggling alongside all print media to maintain their position in local
democracy are potentially being damaged iby introducing a commercial tv
project heavily backed by public funds.

The local market can only be stretched so far.

Local  commercial TV with Hunt and Murdoch behind it, will mean the very
opposite of democracy.

It is contradictory for Hunt to declare that he is passionate about local
media. He has taken public funds away from BBC local radio and by
introducing local commercial  tv is putting at risk existing very successful
broadcasting and publishing.

To your readers I would say, please be aware if you have local issues that
you want to air in the future the opportunity may not be there.


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Re: The Hunt Murdoch Reunion
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2012, 03:49:04 PM »
It seems that Jeremy Hunt is no longer the Culture Secretary. His place has been taken by Maria Miller, currently MP for Basingstoke.  Part of her remit includes responsibility for radio policy.  Other MPs describe her as "polite, fair and competent".  She can be no worse than the last person in post and I suppose she could listen to our concerns about local radio - and perhaps do something about it.  Let's hope the idea of "local television" is scrapped, as local radio is doing an excellent job in keeping listeners informed of what is going on locally and also by supplying top class entertainment.  Whether this appointment is a good one, remains to be seen.

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