There have been regular calls and inquiries into media ownership in Australia. But despite the howls of outrage, there has bene little political appetite to do anything about it.
As the Murdochs again hit the small screen in the documentary The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty, it's worth considering: what is our fascination with this family?
In happier times: Lachlan, Rupert and James Murdoch at Rupert’s marriage to Jerry Hall in 2016.
It is more likely the Trump administration, and the cosy relationship it has with Murdoch's Fox news, on top of differences on climate change, that was the last straw for James.
Politics with Michelle Grattan: Former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on his autobiography, ‘A Bigger Picture’
In this episode of Politics with Michelle Grattan, former prime minister Malcolm Turnbull gives his assessment of Scott Morrison as a former colleague and as prime minister, warns about the right of the Liberal party, and tongue lashes News Corp.
In recent years, Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp papers have become more politically aggressive, adopting the openly partisan approach of British tabloids.
New research reveals how News Limited was secretly established in the early 1900s by a mining company for the express purpose of disseminating 'propaganda'.
There is a sense that democratic societies have had enough of Murdoch’s propaganda machines masquerading as news services.
At some level, democratic societies have had enough of Murdoch and his propaganda operation masquerading as a news service.
A security guard looks out of the the News Corp. headquarters in Midtown Manhattan, April 2017.
Despite two major journalistic investigations of Fox News' so-called 'empire,' the idea that Fox News wields immense political power in the US and in the White House falls apart under scrutiny.
Refusing to change with the times, Australia’s tabloids now cater to an aged, monocultural and alienated constituency.
Australian tabloid newspapers were once an important political force, the "voice of the people". But these days relevance has been replaced by shrillness.
Media mogul Rupert Murdoch is notorious for meddling in politics.
Media moguls' alleged involvement in bringing an end to Malcolm Turnbull's prime ministership raises serious questions about their influence, and media accountability.
Channel Nine political editor Chris Uhlmann has accused elements of the media of ‘waging a war against the prime minister of Australia’.
News Corp, Sky News and 2GB have contributed to the creeping 'Foxification' of Australian politics over the life of the Turnbull government.
Rupert Murdoch with sons Lachlan and James at his wedding in London, March 2016.
The proposed Sky takeover is just the latest chapter in the Murdoch family saga which will see power shifting at the top of the empire.
Protesting in Berlin.
Not the sort of amount you'd want to lose down the back of the sofa.
Walt Disney chief executive Bob Iger and Fox owner Rupert Murdoch announcing the deal.
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The Australian-born media mogul's decision to offload his entertainment assets reflects his core priorities in the fast-changing world of broadcasting and cinema.
It would be easy to set up an inquiry into the ABC – with the findings already known.
Of the four concessions One Nation won from the government in the latest media reforms, one has the potential to seriously threaten the public broadcaster.
Surely, things were easier in the past.
There has been much attention paid to the widespread resurgence of populism. Restorationism in Western democracies is a subset of this.
Culture secretary Karen Bradley's decision will stall the bid, but the saga is far from over.
Mitch Fifield recently announced the Turnbull government would once again attempt to tackle media reform.
The Australian media policy omelette cannot simply be unscrambled. But forward-thinking diversity rules could help prevent further concentration of media ownership.
Striking Fairfax journalists protest out the front of Parliament House, Canberra.
As the federal government looks to reform media ownership laws, the Australian media environment – in diversity and stability – is looking decidedly shaky.
John McDonnell's claim that the BBC was uncritically repeating 'Tory lies' this week once more raises the question of bias in the media's political reporting. But is he right?
The culture secretary must make a call on the deal based on the public interest.