Rupert Murdoch owns 70 per cent of the media in Australia and is one of the biggest players in global media. Over the last year, Murdoch himself has been the subject of increasing scrutiny following the News of the World phone hacking scandal in the UK. Media experts Paul Barry and Rodney Tiffen speak to Monica Attard about Rupert Murdoch’s wide reach, possible repercussions of the scandal for Murdoch’s media empire, and complex issues around journalistic integrity and responsibility.
Monica Attard (Australian)
Monica Attard OAM is a five-time Walkley award-winning Australian journalist – including the Gold Walkley Award for Excellence in Journalism 1991. She was the host of the ABC’s PM, the World Today and Media Watch. She spent 28 years at the ABC, leaving to start up The Global Mail where she was, until recently, the Managing Editor. In 1997, Monica published a book entitled Russia: Which Way Paradise? documenting her time there as a foreign correspondent.
Professor Tiffen is one of Australia’s leading scholars of the media. His books include How Australia Compares (two editions, co-authored with Ross Gittins); Diplomatic Deceits. Government, Media and East Timor; Scandals. Media, Politics and Corruption in Contemporary Australia; News and Power; The News from Southeast Asia; and numerous articles on mass media and Australian politics. He is editor of Mayer on the Media: Selected Essays on Australian Media, and co-editor of Australia’s Gulf War. He was Visiting Professor in Australian Studies at the University of Tokyo (1984-86); acted as an observer of South Africa’s media during that country’s first democratic election; conducted three reviews of the ABC's international broadcaster Radio Australia (1989, 1995, 1997), and worked with the independent Finkelstein inquiry into the media. His book Rupert Murdoch. A reassessment was published in February 2014.
Paul Barry (Australian)
Paul Barry has won numerous awards for his work as a journalist, including a Walkley in 2001 for an expose on tax-dodging barristers. He is a former host of The Times and Witness on Channel Seven and is currently the host of the ABC's Media Watch. Award-winning investigative reporter and bestselling author Paul Barry studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University. A journalist with BBC TV for ten years, he came to Australia in 1987 to work for the ABC's Four Corners, where one of his hardest-hitting reports was on multi-millionaire Alan Bond. This led to his first bestseller, The Rise and Fall of Alan Bond. Since then his books have dominated the bestseller lists. His most recent book is Breaking News: Sex, lies and the Murdoch succession.