February 8th, 2013

EU Lefties Trying to Ban Murdoch, Axel Springer and Berlusconi

You would never have guessed the European Initiative for Media Pluralism was a nefarious group of press-hating leftist Leveson-lovers from their name, would you? The EU’s version of Hacked Off is trying to have a directive passed by the European Commission that would have a drastic impact on media moguls. They are demanding:

  1. Effective legislation to avoid concentration of ownership in the media and advertisement sectors;
  2. Guaranteed independence of supervisory bodies, with a politically and culturally balanced and socially diverse membership;
  3. Definition of conflict of interests with media ownership;
  4. Broadcast, print and online media should be required to submit to a national media authority sufficient ownership information to allow identification of the beneficial and ultimate owners of media outlets.

Of course Hugh Grant is involved, meeting here with Neelie Kroes, the European Commission’s ‘Big Sister':

Germany’s Axel Springer media group reaches 52% of the population via Bild alone, Berlusconi in Italy owns 3 out of 7 broadcast channels. Their real goal is betrayed in the ‘about’ section of their website: “Some, notably the UK, suffer from problems of excessive concentration leading to undue influence of certain economic groups, notably Murdoch’s media empire, over political processes”. Arguably Berlusconi’s media empire has more influence over political processes.  By coincidence all three media groups are, to varying degrees, right-of-centre and sceptical of Brussels…


137 Comments

  1. 1
    Never stops being LULZY says:

  2. 2
    Huge Rant says:

    Is this Northern Europe or North Korea ?

  3. 3
    Ed Miliband says:

    North Korea is great

  4. 4
    Dave Camera on says:

    Over my live body.

  5. 5
    dan e boil says:

    The NHS is the best thing since horsemeat lasagne.

  6. 6
    Find Us says:

    Anyone fancy a Shergar Lasagne?

  7. 7
    Anonymous says:

    A council in London is spending thousands of pounds housing homeless families in three and four star hotels because it has nowhere else to put them, it has been reported.

    Westminster City Council is spending up to £12,000 a month for a family to be housed in a hotel.

    According to the BBC London investigation, many of the families have been made homeless because their housing benefits were capped last year.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2275256/Westminster-City-Council-puts-homeless-families-star-hotels-them.html#ixzz2KIyG69SO
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  8. 8
    Anonymous says:

    A council in London is spending thousands of pounds housing homeless families in three and four star hotels because it has nowhere else to put them, it has been reported.

    Westminster City Council is spending up to £12,000 a month for a family to be housed in a hotel.

    According to the BBC London investigation, many of the families have been made homeless because their housing benefits were capped last year.

    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2275256/Westminster-City-Council-puts-homeless-families-star-hotels-them.html#ixzz2KIyG69SO
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  9. 9
    Just a thought says:

    Can’t we all be first?

  10. 10
    Banny Doyle says:

    I think they made a slight error during last year’s Olympics opening ceremony. For the NHS part, instead of lots of happy little kids jumping and down on beds, they should have had elderly patients lying in their own faeces, a young man dying of thirst, patients starving and pissing in their already urine soaked beds, and a group of heartless, cruel nurses busy updating their Facebook statuses and texting their mates while yelling at dying patients to shut the fuck up.

  11. 11
    Joyce Thacker says:

    Well don’t go to Stafford then . The NHS killed 1% of the population .

  12. 12
    Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

    Kim Jong-un is The Great Supreme Leader of these tossers ?? :)

  13. 13
    Jokey Club says:

    That race is over

  14. 14
    Joyce Thacker says:

    Nurses from Africa who couldn’t give a shit about people in the neighbouring tribe let alone a bunch of elderly British imperialists .

  15. 15
    Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

    Would that be a celebration of the 1200 killed by Labour’s target culture? Kim Jong-un is so proud of them :)

  16. 16
    Anonymous says:

    The hotel is probably nicer than their home. Sounds like a result to me.

  17. 17
    Graduate Nurse says:

    That’s all simply lies!

    I can prove IT. we were on a management course at that time. I was that angry bird that got the most pigs.

  18. 18
    Sarah says:

    Fourth Reich cometh.

    It will take a war to stop the EU now.

    Just like those other European federalist movements:

    * Socialism

    * Fascism

    * National Socialism

    * Communism

    Europe will keep on bringing these tyrannical & despotic freedom hating federalist cults to the fore until they are stopped.

  19. 19
    Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

    Under the Labour Gov’t. they only killed 1200 in one area. I recall Labour are so proud of the NHS, once upon a time they only had 24 hours to save it !

  20. 20
    Tossco says:

    We have form here.

  21. 21
    Red Egg Millitit.....oh nooooo says:

    Just killed, at the behest of the Labour Gov’t. :)

  22. 22
    Steve Miliband says:

    Is there an echo in here?

  23. 23
    EUBC says:

    Looking on the Bright side. The BBC would have to be broken up.

  24. 24
    hank the cat says:

    Read that we share approx 50% of our DNA with the Banana, may I suggest that in Milleband Jnr’s case the number may well exceed 75%

  25. 25
    V1le Labour ruined my Country says:

    It’s nearly time to start armed resistance to the eu.

  26. 26
    Sell-Off The BBC says:

    The only real concentration of media power in Britain is with The BBC. Take it apart I say!

  27. 27
    Πρῶτος μεταξὺ ἴσων says:

    Yes.

  28. 28
  29. 29
    Bought and Caught says:

    Can’t see it happening. Too many people are now beholden to the Euro states for their jobs and pensions, they will not bite the hand that feeds them.

  30. 30
    EU Truth Directive No666 says:

    The new Propaganda Ministry will forbid reporting of stories such as the Horsemeat Contamination Scandal.

  31. 31
    hank the cat says:

    Get not be very good hotels cos the best ones are stuffed full of MP’s with their boyfriends/girlfriends giving the room service a hammering

  32. 32
  33. 33
    Lord Johnny Prescott says:

    The checkout girl at Lidl asked if I wanted my Findus Lasagne wrapped or did I want to ride it home.

  34. 34
    The BBC are cunts says:

    Think of the compo !!

  35. 35
    WVM says:

    Europe is again sleepwalking into a new dark age in its history.

    And the LIB / LAB / CON cabal of crooks say nothing – just hand over borrowed money to appease them.

    IWhen the next European war comes, Hugh Grant & his federalist luvvies must be interned, put on trial & then hung for their support of this growing menace to freedom.

    What a bunch of hoons – how can they just go along with this given the historical precedent set down by previous press hating European despots & tyrants?

    Cant they fucking read a history book for once?

  36. 36
    The BBC are cunts says:

    Refer to 34 above.

  37. 37
    Humongo, A Terribly-Offended Luvvie, says:

    Just as long as you don’t ban JERRY Springer, that’s the main thing. He’s a former Democrat politician, and hence not likely to become a Murdoch. We could live with HIM in control of a media empire.

  38. 38
    Alan Rusbridger, total pianist says:

    Today I will be mostly playing Living In The Past by the well-known 18th-century radical Jethro Tull.

  39. 39
    The Code of Bashido says:

  40. 40
    Cameron's life story says:

    So how will this effect the BBC, I suppose they will be exempt.

  41. 41
    Council tax is a rip-off says:

    I’m sure they are all born and bred cockneys, salt of the earth, hard working but unable to find a job. If they are-good luck to them. If on the other hand they are immigrants, wasters, layabouts-why should the local authorities have to house them?

  42. 42
    Cameron is a Traitor says:

  43. 43
    Sir William Wade says:

    And these people have nuclear-tipped drones!

  44. 44
    Denis MacShameless says:

    Said the shameless expenses fiddler.

  45. 45
    Homeward Bound says:

    What’s wrong with a plane ticket back home and a suitcase?

  46. 46
    Huhne says:

    Well I’ll be burgered!

  47. 47
    Emperor Charles V says:

    Seest thou, I was right all ye time.

  48. 48
    Pearly King says:

    +1

  49. 49
    Anonymous says:

    Oi Dennis-lend us a tenner.

  50. 50
    Remedial Teacher says:

    Affect. Also, a point in place of the comma, please.

  51. 51
    NHS says:

    We were only following orders

  52. 52
    WVM says:

    Which taxpayer funded laptop did you send that rubbish from?

    You should have the decency to just go into your “office”, or garage, with a loaded gun & some fake Polish vodka.

    And then blow your brains out you thieving socialist hoon.

    But you aare at least right about Cameron – he gives away more money to the feckin socialist EU & is hailed as a hero?

    Vote UKIP – stuff the LibLabCon party right down the EU’s throat.

  53. 53
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    Hilarious. You are going to prison you fraudster and thief.

  54. 54
    The Taxpayer says:

    They can take the bus from Victoria.

  55. 55
    Joyce Thacker says:

    Macshane is shagging that Greek harridan Pryce . After listening to those tapes I feel sorry for the Hunt ! I suppose he needs the money and she needs a servicing . Keeps them both off the streets .

  56. 56
    Ahh says:

    Mum to daughter. Eat up all your Lasagne dear, that’s your little pony.

  57. 57
    Scrounging Git says:

    Can I claim loyalty points?

  58. 58
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    No it wont. The BBC is “European Values” personified & will be exempt.

  59. 59
    Jokey Club of China says:

    How could you Brits possibly eat dead horse???

  60. 60
    hank the cat says:

    Whilst operating a seed drill

  61. 61
    Joyce Thacker says:

    24 hours to shred the files

  62. 62
    Vicki Price is Right says:

    I’m not taking those f%cking points Denis. I told you so. I did not leak the f*king story Denis, you did! How is your new man!

    Oops sorry, wrong number

  63. 63
    Al Queda NHS Branch says:

    Allahu Akbar

  64. 64
    Huge Rant says:

    I blame Divine Brown

  65. 65
    Jimmy says:

    Ok so it may cost the taxpayer more but it still gives poor people a kicking, which is the main goal.

  66. 66
    Banny Doyle says:

    Not quite accurate.

  67. 67
    Lying Cvnt says:

    Lies!

  68. 68
    Sandra in Accounts says:

    “Greek Economist” – now that is the perfect oxymoron.

  69. 69
    Joyce Thacker says:

    If macshane shot himself , what thieving politician would she snare next ? Maybe she could shack up with baroness Scotland ?

  70. 70
    Drugs R Them says:

    England suffer an agonising two-run defeat by Australia that leaves their Women’s World Cup hopes in the balance.

  71. 71
    Daily Mail celebrity columnist says:

    Does Neelie Kroes give head? Has Grant taken advantage yet?

  72. 72
    Finduss says:

    We can assure the public there is no longer any horsemeat in our products. Chow for now.

  73. 73
    What a plonker says:

    Hugh Grant is just a talentless has been that was caught with his trousers down.

  74. 74
    Anonymous says:

    This is the problem, rather than saving money by moving them out of expensive areas, by insisting that they stay in the same areas this government is going to spend even more. After April its going to be even worse.

    Clueless git (Cameron) is running this government.

  75. 75
    Dora says:

    Anon – so why don’t they go and live out of London?

    I had to make the move several years ago as London was becoming too expensive and I was in full employment.

  76. 76
    Muhammad can suck a fart out my anus says:

    Eat a BLT and shut the fuck up.

  77. 77
    Engineer says:

    As the BBC controls about 70% of broadcast news in the UK, no doubt they will be regarded as having undue influence.

  78. 78
    Anonymous says:

    There is a solution. Stop councils being responsible for homeless. Fix the amount of rent government will pay, tell people to find a place on their own.

    They can live in a large property in East London or live in a small flat in Westminster for the same rent, its their problem.

  79. 79
    Engineer says:

    It was a recipe by the galloping gourmet. Don’t eat it though, or you’ll get a dose of the trots.

  80. 80
    Geranium says:

    The word you are missing is actor: someone who spins fantasies and tells the public things for money which are untrue.

  81. 81
    Hornpipe says:

    You can learn about the 4th reich in your local sure start centre now.

  82. 82
    Finduss says:

    Many people have asked “why are we called Findus”. Well, its because you haven’t got a cat in hell’s chance of finding one of our spokesmen on the telly.

  83. 83
    Yew Fat Tuat says:

    And one woman living with her kids in a four-star hotel who appeared on BBC news last night could hardly speak English. Why on earth are we taxpayers paying for such people who have clearly never ever paid any contributions into our social welfare system.

  84. 84
    Anonymous says:

    Cameron’s government is the one insisting that they live within there existing area.

    Councils should be able to offer / show 3 properties within 25 miles if they don’t take one. Then it should become their problem not councils.

  85. 85
    Anonymous says:

    Stupid government was voted in by stupid people.

  86. 86
    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Oi Rustbucket! Why don’t you play Bungle In The Jungle– IN the jungle?

  87. 87
    Sluggo says:

    You may know a man by the company he keeps-also applies to women.

  88. 88
    The BBC ponders for a moment, then says:

    We believe that 70% is not enough. We shall speak with our Unions and discuss upping the payment you make to us. Power to the tele tax.

  89. 89
    Nation shall speak Socialism Unto Nation says:

    Much as I hate the EU and all it stands for Neelie Kroes is on the whole a sensible free marketeer. She must be good as she regularly annoys most of the other commissioners and many MEPs.

  90. 90
    Divine Brown says:

    Anyone would think Hugh held a grudge about something. But what??

  91. 91
    Tachybaptus says:

    Ὡς οὐδὲν ἡ μάθησις, ἄν μὴ νοῦς παρῇ.

  92. 92
    Whatever says:

    If he’s involved why not rename themselves ‘Sucked Off’

  93. 93
    Hornpipe says:

    Your inglourious leader increased our payments to the EU from £4,7 to £8,9 Billion spin that you useless twat mcshane

  94. 94
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    He paid you too soon.

  95. 95
    Ah! Monika 2013 +1 says:

    The police saw him coming.

  96. 96
    Hargaret Modge, Labour MP and Hypocritical serial long term aggressive Tax Avoider + expenses thief says:

    Or get a job and pay for it themselves or find another EU sucker country to live in.

  97. 97
    Kevin T says:

    Of course the irony is, no matter how much press regulation he has put in place, if a well known celebrity gets arrested with a cheap prostitute it’s still going to be in the papers.

  98. 98
    Anonymous says:

    Viscious little shits

  99. 99
    Barack Obama, POTUS, says:

    And we even mock our own secular shrine of Mount Rushmore with the same kind of thing, the “Presidential Race” at the Washington DC team’s games! Thank goodness there isn’t some guy dressed up as me!

  100. 100
    stun says:

    Do they serve cowradish with it?

  101. 101
    Happy clappy liberal elite utopia says:

    “with a politically and culturally balanced and socially diverse membership..”

    As long as every ‘authorised’ press mogul runs a pro-eu left wing crypto-marxist tight ship.

  102. 102
    JabbaTheCat says:

    Lol…except Lidl don’t sell Findus…

  103. 103
    EU Watch says:

    No: EU has suppressed reporting of high level of dioxins in pre-packaged EU meat products.

    Russ!a banned, no coverage here.

    Dioxins are carcinogenic.

  104. 104
    Anonymous says:

    Paul Staines, aka blustering blogger Guido Fawkes…. Ha!

  105. 105
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    The Aussies have already bagged Christmas Island to keep these pests at bay, so do you think we might use Easter Island instead? It’s a long swim back here from out there!

  106. 106
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    They must be showing some horse sense then. M&S seem to be the only lot either completely free of all this ‘contaminated’ food – or they are lying through their teeth. Anybody tested their sausages yet?

  107. 107
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    Not sure the Greeks, Spaniards and Italians (so far) would agree with you. You may soon be able to add the UK (or what’s left of it) to that little, but growing, list along with the French who have just been declared officially ba*kr*pt.

    A German mate also tells me that many of his ilk are getting mightily p*ssed off with Merky giving all their money away to the great unwashed. That election a short time back which was lost by Merkypops was indicative of the gelling rebellion.

  108. 108
    Idle speck-u-lashun says:

    Does she have a spare poison-tipped umbrella lying around anywhere perchance?

  109. 109
    Curly says:

    It will be selected to replace the current EU telly channel which is costing billions to churn out crap that nobody (understandably) ever watches

  110. 110
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    We have – and it will be worth every brass farthing (if you are old enough to know what they were) in our savings accounts.

  111. 111
    Black Byewtea says:

    Di Oxins? Are they related by any chance?

  112. 112
    Mo Zis says:

    Moses supposes his toeses are roses, but Moses supposes erroneously.

    The first line of a baby’s poem book from long ago. Regrettably I have forgotten the rest.

  113. 113
    Curly says:

    Employed by Brown to ensure leftist bollox theory was propounded on the air waves. Nobody has yet calculated just how much damage her “advice” cost us over the past 7 years.

  114. 114
    DANGER says:

    Academics find bias in the Berlusconi-owned media affect national elections:

    http://www.voxeu.org/article/media-bias-and-political-consensus-evidence-berlusconi

    I am no fan of press regulation but it’s hard to argue that this is a good thing.

  115. 115
    Anonymous says:

    Oh no, how unfair! Poor Berlusconi and why shouldn’t Murdochstein own the whole media as well as Greedo’s ass?

  116. 116
    Blodwen says:

    That sounds like a recent experience I had at an nhs death camp. Certainly didn’t like me when after 6 hours of waiting for my medication loosing the plot and giving them both barrels

  117. 117
    Catty Comment (Ms) says:

    .. and gave away a large chunk of our rebate.

    Dave should adjust our contribution accordingly with immediate effect – especially as none of their accounts have been signed off since who knows when – and just take it back.

    What would Rumpypumpy do? Fine us? And if we simply ignored that, then what? Stand up and stamp his little tantrum sized foot? What happened to that British Bulldog (put in a supermarket pie?) of yesteryear?

  118. 118
    Curly says:

    Will you please stop horsing around?

  119. 119
    Curly says:

    Have those cheating Ozzies been drug-tested yet?

    No wonder they managed to win so many medals in so many different “sports” over the past few years. It used to be the east Germans and Russkies, then it was the Chinks, then the Yanks, and now them dahnunda.

    The innocence of childhood has been wrenched away.

  120. 120
    Curly says:

    Is that short for Finnish dustbins?

  121. 121
    Curly says:

    … and on every blog in the country after his dismal whining chez Leveson.

  122. 122
    Curly says:

    Well why don’t the left set up their own papers etc? Might it be because hardly anybody would read/watch it?

  123. 123
    Fishy says:

    No they sell My Liddle Pony though

  124. 124
    Anarchists In Blazers says:

    Has the research been paid for properly I wonder?

    Thing is because I don’t like Murdoch I don’t buy his papers. The BBC however I am forced to pay for whether I like it or not and erm I really don’t.

  125. 125
    inside- out says:

    You will be doing porridge soon McShane along with your bird’s ex-husband.

  126. 126
    inside- out says:

    You became a star, and he didn’t.

  127. 127
    European values says:

    They set them up. Then they go under. Because lefties are all about a ‘cutting’ edge expose of those ‘nasty’ right wingers but are crap with figures.

  128. 128
    Anonymous says:

    They replaced another stupid Government, voted in by even more stuoid people !

  129. 129
    Pundit too too says:

    Possibly because you were loosing your bowels?

  130. 130
    Pundit too too says:

    They are crap with the news as well.
    Lefties have fine ideals but never manage to come within a million miles of meeting them.
    They give advanced studies in excuses and blaming others at which talented graduates go to the Guardian, Independent and of course the BBC.
    Failures go to the Mirror, Left Foot Forward, and similar low value entities.

  131. 131
    Anonymous says:

    Can’t have Murdoch banned now Guido is on his payroll (after years of sucking up)…

  132. 132
    Anonymous says:

    What a wit

  133. 133
    Anonymous says:

    Boring nutter,

  134. 134
    marc says:

    Does he own thw BBC?

  135. 135
    marc says:

    If you don’t like a particular papers political slant don’t buy it unlike the effin BBC and its lefty bollcks which i have to pay for wether i atch the lefty shite or not.

  136. 136
    keredybretsa says:

    Nice then it’s EU tongue tied, zipped lips and next blogging with cross-checking!

  137. 137
    Tarquin Romulus Needlethrush says:

    Indeed. As a share holder of the chain I’m delighted The council didn’t even ask for a long term room rate.

    Bootler, bring me my riding gear and a strong leather belt. I wish to celebrate..


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