Nov 12, 2021 • 58M

Media Unmade - Chapter Three: Phone Hacking, Paywalls and Grin-F*cks

In Chapter Three, Rupert Murdoch faces the biggest setback of his career

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Tim Burrowes
Insights into the media and marketing industry from an Australian perspective, from the founder of Mumbrella and the author of the best selling book Media Unmade, Tim Burrowes
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Here comes the third chapter of the audio version of my book Media Unmade, covering the history of Australian media’s most disruptive decade. It’s published by Hardie Grant. If you’d like to purchase a copy of the text version, you can do so online, and in bookstores.

In this chapter, I chronicle News Corp at its lowest ebb, including the Melbourne Storm cheating scandal, former Herald Sun editor Bruce Guthrie’s lawsuit and the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

James and Rupert Murdoch face British parliamentarians | Getty Images

The chapter also covers the company’s early moves into paywalls for The Australian, its failed stewardship of MySpace, and the arrival of Kim Williams, with his declaration that “the order of the tummy compass” was over.

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Tim Burrowes

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