Frontline: Murdoch's Scandal
Today, Rupert Murdoch, the 80-year-old owner of the Wall Street Journal and FOX News Channel is in the fight of his life. In a joint production with the CBC, FRONTLINE correspondent Lowell Bergman tells the story of the battle over the future of News Corporation, Rupert Murdochs reputation and his familys fortunes.
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- Manchester solicitor advocate, Mark Lewis, whose doggedness and keen ear and eye has advanced the story as much as anyone
- MP Chris Bryant and his early role in uncovering police payola (and subsequent outing by Brooks)
- The Guardian's key role - long the sole voice in the wilderness, their vindication is now complete
- The New York Times' role in legitimizing the investigation
The story exploded once the revelations expanded past celebrities, royalty and politicians to teenage murder victim Milly Dowler. After the Dowler penny dropped, every [non-News International] media channel picked up the scent in earnest. It's this stretch of the Frontline story that is the strongest. It's dramatic re-telling had me transfixed.
My only complaint? At an hour, the story's too short. I have no doubt that Bergman could go twice as long without any drop off in narrative or tension. [Indeed, in Murdoch's testimony in front of a Parliament committee, we see Wendi Deng in the front row behind her man. But never once is her name uttered, nor do we see her role that day's most shocking turn: R. Murdoch being attacked by a pie-throwing assailant and her spirited beatdown of the guy. I realize that's slightly off point, but you can't discuss that day without making note of that event.]