by Rachel Oliver Nov 16th, 2015
You don’t have to search for long to see just how regularly Rupert Murdoch and his News Corp executives are meeting with the government.
See this list from the last eighteen months, sourced from the government website:
|Government rep||News Corp rep||Date||Details|
|Ed Vaizey||Guto Harri, Mike Darcey||15/1/2015||Lunch|
|Sajid Javid||Rupert Murdoch||3/2/2015||Introductory meeting|
|Sajid Javid||Rupert Murdoch||26/2/2015||General meeting|
|Sajid Javid||Mike Darcey||14/7/2014||Introductory meeting|
|Sajid Javid||Rupert Murdoch, Lachlan Murdoch||16/9/2014||Introductory meeting|
|George Osborne||Rupert Murdoch||26/2/2015||Lunch|
|George Osborne||Rupert Murdoch||26/6/2014||Lunch|
|George Osborne||Rupert Murdoch||15/7/2014||Lunch|
|Michael Gove||Rupert Murdoch, Elisabeth Murdoch, etc||16/9/2014||Dinner|
|Michael Gove||Rupert Murdoch, etc||25/2/2015||Dinner|
The government has only published skeleton details about these meetings, but that’s not good enough. We deserve to know what’s being discussed – especially when these meetings come in the same year the government’s making big decisions about the future of our BBC.
So 38 Degrees members have teamed up with experts from Birkbeck University and submitted Freedom Of Information (FOI) requests to the government – together we’re demanding the details of these meetings.
We should have the results back in December – watch this space!