Britain's Miliband urges breakup of Murdoch's UK empire

17th July 2011, Comments 0 comments

British opposition Labour leader on Sunday called for Rupert Murdoch's British media empire to be broken up following the scandal over phone hacking at his News of the World tabloid.

"I think that we've got to look at the situation whereby one person can own more than 20 percent of the newspaper market, the Sky platform and Sky News," Ed Miliband told The Observer newspaper.

"I think it's unhealthy because that amount of power in one person's hands has clearly led to abuses of power within his organisation.

"If you want to minimise the abuses of power then that kind of concentration of power is frankly quite dangerous."

Murdoch closed the News of the World last week because of the scandal but he still owns The Times, The Sunday Times and The Sun newspapers as part of his News International division.

And while his News Corporation was forced to abandon an offer for control of pay-TV giant BSkyB, it still retains 39 percent of the company, which has more than ten million household subscribers to its multi-platform television service.

News International is also reportedly planning to publish a Sunday version of The Sun to replace the News of the World.

Miliband has led the charge against Murdoch in the past fortnight, calling for the resignation of News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, who quit on Friday, and heading up political opposition to the BSkyB bid.

© 2011 AFP

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