Hackgate doesn't mean the end for Murdoch
Hackgate does not mean that all is lost for Rupert
That's the judgement of Patrick Barrow, founder of PR
agency Reputation Communications, based near Sevenoaks.
He has contributed to a major new academic book on the
News of the World phone hacking scandal.
The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial - edited by
Richard Keeble of Lincoln University and John Mair of Coventry
University - explores the implications of the saga for the
reputation of journalism, News International and the freedom of the
It brings together contributions from noted leaders in the
field of journalism, reputation and academia, including Tim
Luckhurst, professor of journalism at the University of
Barrow writes: "Murdoch and his newspapers have become
increasingly one of a gang of tabloid players all doing what
everyone has long suspected, behaving badly. The rest, to the world
at large, is detail. Right now, any decent adviser would be telling
"My advice to Rupert Murdoch: seize the initiative, the
worst is over.
"Because, unfashionable though it may be to suggest it,
Rupert Murdoch, CEO of News Corp, owner of disgraced and defunct
Sunday tabloid the News of the World, eminence grise, bete noir and
all round bad lot, may, just may, be out of the reputational
Keeble argues that the daily revelations are "highlighting
the corruption, illegality and distorted news values at the heart
of British mainstream journalism in an unprecedented
"How can press standards be improved? What kind of
regulation, if any, is required? These are just two of the many
questions now being asked with a new sense of urgency."
Barrow adds: "Kent businesses should take a valuable
lesson from News International that reputation is one of the most
valuable trading commodities they possess and they should safeguard
it as closely as their bottom line."
Prof Luckhurst explores the challenges for journalism in
the new digital age, including the financing of an ethical
Other contributors include Kevin Marsh, former editor of
BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Nicholas Jones, the former BBC
industrial correspondent and Guardian editor Alan
n The Phone Hacking Scandal: Journalism on Trial, is
published by Arima, at £19.95.