Last month the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) provisionally rejected Rupert Murdoch’s £11.7 billion takeover bid for Sky on the grounds that it would give him too much control over the UK media scene and was not in the public interest. They did not, however, go for an outright rejection and any final decision will be taken by the new Culture Secretary Matt Hancock in May.
On 16 February 2013 in my blog ‘Journalists trusted as little as bankers’ I reported the results of a Ipso/MORI poll which reported that journalists and bankers were trusted by just 21% of the people. The bottom group at 18% was taken by politicians. You would have thought that post the Leveson Inquiry, public perception of journalism might have improved. In fact its got worse.
A new YouGov poll for IMPRESS, the recently approved Leveson compliant press regulator, has revealed that public trust in the press is at an all-time low. Only 11% of people in the UK trust journalists at mid-market newspapers such as the Daily Mail and the Daily Express to tell the truth whilst fewer than one in ten trust journalists at tabloids such as The Sun and the Mirror. Journalists at broadsheets and local newspapers fare a little better, with just 36% of the public trusting them to tell the truth.
This well-known work by Robert Louis Stevenson is commonly associated with the rare mental condition often called “split personality”, referred to in psychiatry as dissociative identity disorder, where within the same body there exists more than one distinct personality. It’s an apt description of News UK’s (previously News Corp) treatment of the SNP in Scotland and England.