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Nov 16th, 2015

Murdoch’s meetings with the government

By Rachel Oliver

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.

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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!

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