Rupert Murdoch: Blair says BBC "hates America"

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Media magnate Rupert Murdoch, managing director and the largest shareholder of News Corporation, claimed that the UK Prime Minister Tony Blair offered his opinions about the BBC in a private conversation with him. According to Murdoch, Blair views BBC World Service broadcasts as portraying America in a negative light, and accusing their coverage of Hurricane Katrina to be used for political statements.

Murdoch, a long-time critic of the BBC, apparently revealed details of his conversation with the Prime Minister during a session of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. Murdoch's News Corp. owns Fox News and Sky News, both BBC competitors.