Monday 18 December 2017

Touch of evil in genius who has put own interests first

Rupert Murdoch closed the 'News of the World' because its existence became inconvenient for him but what, asks Charles Moore, does the future hold?

Charles Moore

Until this week, it seemed that the rule of Rupert Murdoch would end only with his death. But now, I think, the end is in sight. He may live to a great age (Mr Murdoch is 80 and his mother is still with us, aged 102), but his power will never recover.

One day, some time in the mid-'90s, I was editing 'The Daily Telegraph' newspaper and Murdoch had just launched a new front in the price war designed to destroy us, by dropping the price of his paper, 'The Times', to 10 pence on Mondays. Conrad Black, our then owner, loves historical comparisons. "I feel like Talleyrand," he told me, "when he realised that Napoleon's only policy was one of conquest."

It was a just comparison, because it acknowledged both Murdoch's greatness and his destructiveness.

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