Research Topics (In Bold)
What is News International?
News International Group Limited is the United Kingdom newspaper publishing division of News Corporation.
“By 1992, News Corp had amassed huge debts, which forced it to sell many of the American magazine interests it had acquired in the mid-1980s to K-III Communications, as well spinning off long held Australian magazines interests as Pacific Magazines. Much of this debt came from its stake in the Sky Television satellite network in the UK, which incurred massive losses in its early years of operation, which (like many of its business interests) was heavily subsidised with profits from its other holdings until it was able to force rival satellite operator BSB to accept a merger on its terms in 1990. (The merged company, BSkyB, has dominated the British pay-TV market since.)”
“News Corporation, the world’s second-largest media conglomerate.“
– These links gave me useful background information on what News Corporation and News International are, and what their relationship with the story is. I used specific information from these, as well as statistics and quotes.
What is BSkyB?
– These two links were not particularly useful, and I relied more on my other links to give me information on what BSkyB is. The guardian website only included articles that referenced BSkyB, and the Sky website didn’t contain much useful information.
What was the bid about?
“In June 2010, News Corp had been bidding to take over the 61% of BSkyB it did not already own. That November, Business Secretary Vince Cable asked media regulator Ofcom to look at the potential impact of the deal on media plurality.
Mr Hunt took over responsibility for overseeing the BSkyB bid after Mr Cable was stripped of the role in December 2010, having been secretly recorded saying he had “declared war” on News Corporation chairman Rupert Murdoch.”
– These links were useful in explaining the new story updates, but only made sense once I understood it from the beginning. I had to go back to this once reading through the rest. The parliament’s minutes gave me an overall impression on the government’s perspective on the matter, which I found helpful when trying to write about different points of view.
Who was involved?
– These separate links showed me information on the main people who were involved, putting faces and job roles to names, as well as clearing any misunderstandings I had.
When did it start and what is the most recent story up till now?
“The company abandoned the bid in July 2011 after the phone hacking scandal surfaced.”
– Most of these links gave me a very useful overall understanding of the story, from when it began to the present date. Especially with the latter links, and the interactive diagram, which gave me a structured timeline of what happened when. This information helped me build a lot of the structure of the report, so I knew what to put when, and the exact dates.