There have been fears voiced for some time that Murdoch was trying to pave the way for Fox News in the UK. Those fears are groundless – it’s already effectively here. Watch Sky News’ Political Editor Adam Boulton rip into Alistair Campbell:
Now I can’t imagine that Alistair Campbell needs help from anyone, certainly not any sympathy, but this was quite absurd. Campbell’s always going to behave badly – does that give Boulton the freedom to lose his temper with him on live television? Sky News said Boulton had ‘defended his integrity’, but I can’t believe for a moment that if Paxman or Humphrys had reacted like that at the BBC, that they wouldn’t have been fired.
This ‘shock jock’ brand of journalism can’t be allowed to take over mainstream TV news, otherwise we really do embark on the US’ road to nowhere.