The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial- Advise to Murdoch

As mentioned in a previous article, Roy Greenslade, Guardian contributor, is currently publishing extracts from ‘The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial’, written by a number of contributors and edited it by Coventry University’s own John Mair and also, lecturer at the University of Lincoln, Richard Lance Keeble.

Greenslade’s last post on his Guardian blog about the book was an extract from former director general of the Public Relations Consultants Association, Patrick Barrow with some advice to Rupert Murdoch following on from the scandal.

Written by Alex Maidment

Taken from the Guardian website, you can see how Patrick Barrow feels this might not be the end for Murdoch and he needs to find a way to resolve what has happened and he offers some interesting advice in his chapter of the book:

“Take charge is classic advice, before events and competitors do so to your detriment.”

“Despite what must have been Murdoch’s worst fears, the circulations of other titles in the News International stable, including The Times and Sunday Times but more importantly the bigger selling tabloid Sun, either held up or reflected only the trend decline in newspaper circulation.”

“Rupert, one would be tempted to advise, it appears your reputation no longer puts off prime ministers.”

“Prominent apologies must be published, journalists must be disciplined, even fired pour encourager les autres. This need not blunt the teeth of a rigorous press…”

“Supplementary to this must be the regular appearance across the airwaves of Murdoch himself and senior journalists from his publications to state often and repeatedly their determination to be at the forefront a clean-up in journalism.”

“My final advice to Murdoch would be to embrace that inner villain.”

All of these extracts are found in the book: ‘The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial’ but for the purpose of this article are taken from Roy Greenslade’s blog on the Guardian website!

To read more of this extract you can find it on Roy Greenslade’s blog on the Guardian website, otherwise it is all in the book.

There are also extracts from other chapters from the book and there are likely to be more so you can find it all on the Guardian Website.

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