March 23rd, 2012

Murdoch’s Lawyers Say “Stop the Front Page”

This lawyer’s letter has just been sent out to media organisations:

Not for Publication
Private and Confidential

Dear Sirs

BBC Panorama

We act for News Corporation.

We understand that the BBC is due to broadcast a Panorama programme on Monday 26 March 2012, in which serious and defamatory allegations may be made against our client. We say this, not because any allegations have been put to our client prior to broadcast, but because the BBC is publishing on its own website the following synopsis of the programme:

“As Rupert Murdoch faces accusations of law-breaking and corruption at his British tabloid newspapers, Panorama reveals fresh hacking allegations at the heart of News Corporation’s pay-TV empire. The investigation examines the role of former senior police officers in recruiting people to break the law – in order to bring down Murdoch’s commercial rival.”

The allegation which the BBC appears to be broadcasting on Monday is that News Corporation has been involved in illegal activities designed to cause the collapse of a business rival. We write to put you on notice that this allegation is serious, defamatory, false and highly damaging; we urge your paper not to republish it, especially in circumstances where our client has not been given the opportunity to respond.

Yours faithfully

PSB Law LLP

Panorama’s ratings should be good…


124 Comments

  1. 1
    Oh dear says:

    oh, The dark side of the force shows itself…

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    • 29
      Lord Wayne of Trombone says:

      Panorama is shite these days but I ll tune in now !

      END THE TELLY TAX

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      • 101
        Zanzy Bar says:

        I hope you’ll pay your telly tax before doing so.

        So, PSB Law, are these allegations as false as the ones that said phone hacking was rife at the News Of The World?

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    • 31
      Sir William Waad says:

      Murdoch -v- the BBC. We can’t lose! It’ll be like watching Simon Cowell and Ed Miliband cage-fighting.

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    • 88
      Hang The Bastards says:

      Can Murdoch sue the BBC & put and end to it ???

      Then we would all be free of the biased Leftie propaganda chite that it spews out on a daily basis.

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      • 113
        Anonymous says:

        As rhe right wing shite you would prefer?

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        • 119
          CHRIST ON A BIKE! says:

          as long as it isn’t publicly funded shite I don’t care. The BBC and their left-wing friends are trying to destroy a competitor, not for commercial reasons, but for politically motivated reasons. A “public service” broadcaster shouldn’t be allowed to do this to a commercial rival.

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      • 120
        Fred steadman says:

        Its funny that right wing nut jobs, always calls anything that exposes them as the frauds and criminals that they are (leftie propaganda)….. It never ceases to amaze me.

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    • 123
      oliver says:

      Gibling is telling nonsense and the BBC knows as i have send them plenty of mails from Gibling to NDS and all before they aired the program. But they just ignored everything. they also did not mention at al that ray took a polygraph and allowed the BBC to ask what they want. its just a silly twist. i see on my own they came to monaco interviewed me for 3 hours and cut 2 statements out of context to fit in vivians questions. not nice reportage. further LG was sending always keys and other related info to NDS i am in copy of most of them. and all pirate stuff was collected by him and forwarded. That was his way of financing himself. The site was never of any importance. If there is a person in the world who can judge that then its me. regards oliver here for example a mail forwarded from ray to me in 1999 which he received from LG.

      ——————————————————————————————————————–
      From: Sent: To: Subject:
      Adams, Ray [RAdams@ndsuk.com] Monday, July 12, 1999 2:12 PM cyberdyne@euro1.com
      FW: seca
      We are told that BLADE who is on thoic.com/blade
      is the person about to release the SECA hack. Who is blade?
      Ray

      —–Original Message—–
      From: webmaster@thoic.com [mailto:webmaster@thoic.com] Sent: 11 July 1999 23:29
      To: radams@ndsuk.com
      Subject: seca
      Ray
      i’ve got some information, that a complete hack will be posted (rom file for 16c84) for Seca
      on or around this thursday. This hack needs no keyupdates so should work for any secs
      system including on digital. Hope you’re well m8

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      • 124
        TheCleaner says:

        March 1999: NDS released the “secarom” file, on DR7
        July 1999: NDS reports about a pirate solution.

        >”If there is a person in the world who can judge that then its me.”

        You are right Oliver, since you were at the base of a lot of the hacks for NDS (and others) you can indeed admit that. You know very well that the later released pirate solutions were made possible by the release of the secarom file. Also stop saying Ray is such a decent guy, rather ask him about being unfaithful to his wife with Sam Kohar.

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  2. 2
    jgm2 says:

    I suggest it is the BBC that is seeking to bring down a commercial rival.

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    • 15
      Only in the Graun says:

      Exactly – and using our (license payers’) money to do it.

      If I didn’t have a houseful of teenage(ish) kids I and the missus would happily throw all the damn TVs in a skip and set fire to them – never to pay the BBC poll tax again.

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      • 20
        Fish says:

        Go get em Roop!

        Sue the arse off the BBC / Labour / Guardianista axis

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      • 45
        Only in the Graun says:

        Actually wife has had a good idea –

        If the kids want to keep the telly the license fee comes off their pocket money and we will have just one TV in the kids den – which we parents will presumably have to pay to view.

        Works for her and me anyway.

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    • 21
      smoggie says:

      The subsidised BBC has no commercial rivals. It is entirely underwritten by the captive licence fee payer.

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      • 24
        jgm2 says:

        But if commercial rivals get to the point where they are bigger than the BBC then the BBC will lose its influence. And then it might lose its funding. And they wouldn’t be able to charge us 150 quid a year on threat of prison and tell us what to think.

        And that would never do.

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      • 33
        Anonymous says:

        and bloody good value for money it is too.

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        • 42
          Goggle Eyes says:

          The BBC is crap these days, espcially BBC1.

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        • 53
          jgm2 says:

          It’s great value if you’re a bedwetter. 100% of the population paying to get force-fed the views of 28% of the voters.

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          • Only in the Graun says:

            Far fewer than 28% I think.

            More like 5%.

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          • Fish says:

            Brillo’s up before HR first thing Monday morning.

            The little shit Owen Jones’ mummy has written the DG a strong letter. Apparently he didn’t sleep last night and has been crying all day. All because the nasty Scotchman asked his some difficult questions that he couldn’t answer and was forced to lie to save face. He couldn’t even go to school today and missed PE.

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          • Biased Broadcasting Corp. says:

            He still wouldn’t admit he was wrong even when Brillo had him bang to rights, would he? Alistair Campbell must have been very proud of him.

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          • My comment is awaiting moderation says:

            Brillo is the only person on BBC who would have pointed out to this child of the left that being a millionaire does not mean you earn a million pounds p.a.

            Most of them would have moved swiftly on to the next piece of propaganda.

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    • 87
      Anonymous says:

      murdoch is a cancer at the heart of the British way of life . I’d rather the Beeb any day

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      • 90
        just asking says:

        Is that you Twatson?

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      • 92
        Anonymous says:

        Agreed, but we know whose side Geedo is now on, so watch him kiss Murdoch a.rse

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      • 93
        A proper right winger! says:

        What’s destroying GB isn’t Murdoch, no one is made to buy his pares or watch his broadcasting. What’s destroying GB is the cancer of latent socialism that undermines the principals of family, work and nation.

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  3. 3
    chrismorph says:

    “…we urge your paper not to republish it,”

    Last time I checked Panorama is on the telly, not a paper.

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  4. 4
    John H says:

    I think if I had lawyers bills as big as NI at the moment, I’d at least insist they proof their letters…

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    • 25
      Gonk says:

      It seems a fine, slightly scary letter to me. What’s wrong with it ?

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      • 40
        Sir William Waad says:

        Here goes: “is due to” is inaccurate, as ‘due to’ implies a duty to do something; it should be “intends to”.

        “Prior to” properly means ‘immediately before’, so that for instance 6 is prior to 7, but 5 isn’t. It should be “before”.

        “This allegation is serious….” should be “this allegation would be serious…” because no allegation has yet been made. The writer seems to be confused whether he or she is complaining about the synopsis published on the website, or the allegations that may be made in the prgrammed itself, or both.

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  5. 5
    see below says:

    PSB Law LLP = wankers

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  6. 6
    nellnewman says:

    It’s no good I’m bored with this murdoch saga. I would have thought the beeb could have found something more scintillating to investigate.

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    • 23
      BBC News Editor says:

      You can have either Murdoch or Ashcroft.

      Now pay you f*cking telly tax or we’ll send round one of our ‘detector vans’ with a bent coat hanger taped on top, then assume you will volunteer to incriminate yourself on your own fucking doorstep.

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    • 43
      Moscow Mike Handycock (sex Tourist on Taxpayer's money) says:

      The longer people are looking at Murdoch and his empire, the less likely they are to look at me and what is going on in Portsmouth. Keep up the good work BBC. Boaz.

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  7. 7
    Mad, Bad & Dangerous Gordon McRuin ( Member in absentia ) says:

    None of this ( alleged ) activity took place between 1997 and 2010.

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  8. 10
    Jimmy says:

    Not getting the Sun on Sunday column seems to have hit Guido pretty hard. All that sucking up for nothing. Serves the ungrateful bastard right.

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  9. 11
    tommy5d says:

    Love that News Corp have discovered all this from reading through the Radio Times…

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  10. 13
    john in cheshire says:

    I just hope that Mr Murdoch, once all the furore has died down, retaliates against the bbc and the guardian newspaper. The pair of them must have untold piles of ordure to be mined and put on public display, hopefully leading to their destruction.

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    • 18
      The BBC are cunts says:

      We are purer than pure, whiter than white.

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    • 26
      rocknrolla says:

      Considering the Guardian loses money everyday while using the sort of tax arrangements they campaign against to survive (along with an absolutely huge public sector subsidising through adverts) yet manages to not close up in shame… considering they can employ that hypocritical laughing stock Polly “Tuscan villa” Toynbee and keep going without shame… Well I just think nothing will stop them. The far left, communists, fundamentalist labour morons, anti-English r4cial1sts etc will always rally behind their favourite newspaper.

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      • 64
        Show Biz for ugly people says:

        Yes, the pesky guardian with their uncovering of the hacking scandal, Liam Fox’s tax payer funded mobile executive relief etc etc

        far preferable that none of that came to light and that we just allowed Rupert to control everything, just because some people are of the opinion that he’s on their side of the fence politically

        Rupert was totally in bed with Blair and Gordon when it suited him and he’ll enter into an equally cosy relationship with any one who’s willing to suck him off for a headline.

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        • 73

          Your last para says it all. If Gordon was in bed with Rupert, then so were most of the Shadow Cabinet, though RedEd was probably too junior to merit more than an annual invite for cocktails. RedEd is probably still too junior to merit more than an annual invite for cocktails. So where is the heat from the Guardian, which would rather go orgiastic on a ride on a retired police horse than probe into pyjama parties? I fear the Guardian’s penchant for selective hypocrisy and corruption is showing again.

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          • Show Biz for ugly people says:

            And NI not hacking one single solitary Tory politician was a fine example of a bias free unabashed free press?

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          • I'll have some of that says:

            Just NI. No one else. No other paper ever hacked, paid cops? Never showed faked photos? Never played the market on the back of their stock calls? No. Only NI.
            Because they developed a brilliant satellite platform, because they transformed printed journalism, and because they dropped the establishment’s chosen political party.
            Complete and utter witch hunt.

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  11. 14
    Iain_31 says:

    so drawing attention to the programme, brilliant move Rupert

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    • 17
      Anonymous says:

      People here actually defending Murdoch….

      Meanwhile, just as this site missed the fourteenth consecutive month of increased unemployment, so the record petrol prices seem to have slipped by unnoticed. Still, an easy mistake to make, what?

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  12. 16
    Widescreen2010 says:

    Pass the popcorn.
    This one just runs and runs, and there’s a long way to go yet.

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  13. 27
    Sir William Waad says:

    PSB Law are getting a bit out of their depth with this one, I feel.

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  14. 28
    Gordon Brown says:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-17481973

    But what about me? I’m available.

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  15. 34
    David Camoron says:

    Why not express your approval for my Conservative family values by going out tonight, picking up a strange man, taking him home, ‘cuffing him to your bed and then poojabbing him until your sack’s empty?

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  16. 35
    Stick Your Pinkie In The Air says:

    Nice picture of Mr Murdoch’s fist. In what circumstances did Guido take that?

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  17. 41
    bergen says:

    News Corporation is theUS holding company (I think), Presumably the story will be about News International ,a UK subsidiary.I doubt if News International have a good reputation left to protect.

    Damages of a halfpenny?

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  18. 48
    Professor says:

    Now that The BBBC have lost F1, The Grand National, The Derby, Royal Ascot along with Cricket, Football and the rights to most films, they, like Sly/NI are not fit for purpose as far as I am concerned.

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    • 51
      sockpuppet #4 says:

      But you get to see portillo going round the coast in a campervan cooking.

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      • 60
        Angry of London says:

        I saw something with him and a black sausage. I think he was eating carpet rather than dinner though.

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    • 54
      I don't need no doctor says:

      Surely the umpteen repeats are great vale for license fee payers. Just what do the BBC do with the revenue?

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      • 82

        Give it to Climate Change scammers and loonies under the guise of buying in balanced, impartial documentaries.

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      • 107
        I can't be arsed to think up a new pseudonym says:

        Send a reporter, camera man and sound man, by taxi, presumably, to report a routine story “Live from…….”, when it could be done from a studio.
        It was “Live from Scotland Yard” this morning, when the story absolutely did not need a backdrop of a railed off building with a triangular Scotland Yard logo revolving slowly in the background.
        Wasters!

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    • 75
      BBC Spokesperson says:

      The BBC’s job is no longer to broadcast programmes that people want to see. It’s
      just to provide employment – just like the Civil Service and those dying pits, shipyards and steelworks in the 70s.

      Why else would we spend our money on 60 journalists for our hourly 3 minute
      Radio 1 Newsbeat bulletins?

      (Post approved by: PR Response Unit White City; Operating Committees, BBC North (Salford Palace), Broacasting House; Operating groups, Regions, Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland; Director of HR; Diversity Impact Assessed by Head of Equal Opportunities; Risk Assessed BBC Group Risk Management; Head
      of BBC World Service; Chief Operating Officer and DG)

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      • 77
        Another BBC Spokesperson says:

        It has come to our intention that in the above post reference was made to ‘our money’. This should of course read, ‘Your Money’. A mistake for which we apologise.

        We are taking steps to track down the person responsible. When we have done so we will take them outside and promote them in front of their family.

        Normal service will be rsumed as soon as possible.

        Toodle pip. Pay up!

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  19. 49
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Note to the BBC. Please include exact dates of offences, and also tell us who the UK government was at the time. Also include any visits, business or personal between the UK government and Murdoch or his employees.
    We know the BBC will be entirely unbiased and not manipulate true facts.

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  20. 52
    Some Geezer wot wonders if this is what they'd prefer instead says:

    In other words: (?)

    “Do not publicise the subject matter of the broadcast. Tell your readers that you decline to tell the readers what the show is about, per an admonition from counsel representing Rupert Murdoch, that the broadcast may contain defamatory material about said individual and of course, you do not wish to engage in any such activity. We suggest something along these lines:

    “Panorama tonight has material about Rupert Murdoch in it in connection with various unproven allegations. We won’t tell you what they are in our capsule summary.”

    And whilst you’re at it, tell them not to think of a purple elephant.

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    • 110
      Biased Broadcasting Corp. says:

      Precisely, Ghengiz. The BBC pursue Murdoch with a vengeance, all the time claiming to be acting ‘impartially’. It is an absolute scandal that no-one is allowed to hold them to account, no-one at all.

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  21. 55
    genghiz the kahn says:

    Funny how ownership of a sports tv channel, a tabloid and a broadsheet makes Murdoch the devil incarnate, whereas the BBC holding a substantial share of internet news websites, broadcast tv, national and local radio is in the public interest.

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    • 109
      Biased Broadcasting Corporation says:

      Precisely, Ghengiz. The BBC pursue Murdoch with a vengeance, all the time pretending they are acting ‘impartially’. It is a scandal how no-one is allowed to call them to account, no-one at all.

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  22. 58
    I don't need no doctor says:

    It would be gt if Panorama made a programme on the BBC as follows.
    Does the BBC give value to the license fee payer.
    Do the top earners at the BBC pay the 50 p tax rate. How many should and how many do.
    Why are there so many repeat programmes.

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  23. 59
    Angry of London says:

    “As the BBC faces accusations of tax avoidance, state sector troughing, institutional left-wing bias and general delusional paranoia at it’s Skankchester headquarters, Panorama reveals that it didn’t have a f*_cking clue about said ‘issues’ as all senior editors were busy working for their own personal limited companies whilst flaming twitter and f*_ckbook with protests about Phil Green. They did however state that the main aim of the licence fee is to ensure total suppression of free-thinking with 100% societal acceptance of their vision of a queer land of green multiculturalism. More to come on Sh*tain today…”

    Meanwhile, Rupert Murdoch earns another few billion and has a good laugh at all the deluded little idiots of pudding island who care more about relatively minor press indiscretion that the systemic and coordinated effort to bankrupt and destroy the social fabric of the UK.

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  24. 61
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Murdoch – Bring the BBC down.

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  25. 62
    The only way is A-sex says:

    Go for it BBC.

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  26. 63
    8i11y 8owd3n says:

    Stop whinging. Guido’s rules! I wuv Guido!

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  27. 66
    anonemo says:

    Google “thoic”

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  28. 78
    Rinka Scott says:

    I suspect a High Court Judge might be getting knocked up this weekend if anything in the solicitors letter is true which is of course not admitted here.

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  29. 80
    Baron Hogwash says:

    Can’t remember what the subject was but I was enticed into watching Panorama recently and it turned out to be a complete damp squib.

    So if I was a gambler, I would say this 26th March show probably will come out with anything new.

    And I am not a sky subscriber or a fan of Murdoch – if only the BBC wasn’t so carp that it might still be broadcasting all the F1 races and not just a handful which are not worth watching. So yes maybe Murdoch is trying to put the BBC out of business but BBC is making such a good job of doing that itself.

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  30. 81
    Bluebottle says:

    Why is there a picture of Mr Murdoch waving his fist in the air attached to the solicitors letter?

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  31. 83
    La La La says:

    Oh, it’s about Tv …. I guess they won’t be able to hide behind Brooks this time.

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  32. 85
    Anonymous says:

    Even the PSB website is illiterate. On this page:

    http://www.psb-law.co.uk/sample-page/

    we find

    “These core strengths are complimented through in-house expertise … ”

    That should be “complemented” with an e, and “by” not “through”.

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  33. 89
    Anonymous says:

    Watching Panarama on Monday just became interesting.

    And the BBC have got to be ppretty sure they have the evidence to stand up in court if Murdoch does decide to sue.

    Be interesting what Camoron will do (although personally I think this is all a ruse to stop us poking into Gideon’s tax affairs an issue Guido Fawkes seems stragely silent about)

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    • 102
      Anonnymong says:

      He is still wading through the miles of Labour /socialist Hypocrisy when that’s done then we can start on the couple of people you don’t like!

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  34. 94
    Malcolm says:

    Murdoch is a toxic influence whose presence in the UK has done nothing but harm. Hacking the telephone of a murdered schoolgirl, bribing public officials, putting out odious lies to smear victims of police violence or even murder in the case of De Menezes is nothing to do with news and everything to do with a particularly creepy and cowardly form of private STASI.

    Go BBC, destroy the vermin.

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    • 97
      I'll have some of that says:

      The counter factual – Britain without NI for the last 30 years – would have left us aspiring to be as economically well advanced as Greece. Vermin is an interesting definition of those you disagree with. Bit National Socialist I would have thought? Still, that’s your Guardian BBC exceptionalism for you. Sorry I’ve spoken out of turn, I’m stupid enough to voluntarily subscribe to a network that offers me a variety of points of view – but of course, the BBC should be all I need to arrive at the correct conclusions.

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      • 100
        Malcolm says:

        Hacking a murdered child – vermin.

        If you can’t see that you are clearly an imbecile and not really worth debating.

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        • 103
          Anonnymong says:

          So you have proof that any hacks ??? what ever that means?, great then I should tell a police man! because if not then you should keep your nasty extreme views to your self as running around making as yet false accusations and abusing the memory of a dead girl name and her family is sick !

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          • CELTlfs says:

            so murdoch didn’t pay massive damages to milly dowler’s family , and what police men should he tell , the ones in diggers pockets ? if people have such a beef about the bbc watch fox news , while your few brain cells kill themselves

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    • 121
      reds are fools says:

      Strange I’ve never had threatening letters from Sky or seen Youtube videos of Sky employees hammering on peoples doors threatening them with search warrants (as you get from the bbc in the guise of their front organisation tv licensing) when not wanting to fund them .
      The bbc are utter scum & should shut down .

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  35. 95
    Malcolm says:

    ” if only the BBC wasn’t so carp”

    Pollacks.

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  36. 99
    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Murdoch is finished – not with a bang, but with a whimper.

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    • 112
      Biased Broadcasting Corp. says:

      £3.4 billion of taxpayers’ cash extorted by the BBC and used to wage a private war against Murdoch – is that in the BBC Charter? No, thought not.

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  37. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Lawyers are ambulance chasing scum for the most part so no surprise that this firm of shysters should come up with this attempt to evade the truth. I mean, where would we be if us peasants actually knew the facts?

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  38. 115
    Gertrude says:

    I am not going to comment other than to say that when it airs on Monday a hell of a lot of damning ‘Evidence’ will be put forward. Like has been said before google ‘Thoic’. Lee Gibling’ and ‘NDS’. There were allegations made a long time ago which are about to be shown as being well founded. This has been buried over and over again by NDS and is now the lid is about to be lifted.

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  39. 116
    Keith Dovkunts says:

    Totally confused here . . .

    Now that these tw*t lawyers have confessed all, can I send this to my sister-in-law, a US judge, so that she can laugh as to how be a c*n*s UK lawyers can appear?

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  40. 117
    Mr Miller says:

    Supporters of Murdoch, why support someone who hacks the voicemail of murdered school girls? Do you have no morals or are you just proving how ‘right wing’ you are? Or is that the same thing?
    As for those deriding the BBC, if you’re happy watching Ant and Dec presenting the latest Simon Cowell produced talent show, fine, you deserve it.

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  41. 122
    Anonymous says:

    Is it a coincidence that a huge story questioning the Prime minister’s integrity is broken by a Murdoch owned newspaper THE DAY BEFORE an expose on Murdoch owned newspapers is run….?

    If it’s real connection you can see how Murdoch got so rich.

    Is that a paranoid connection?

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