Rupert Murdoch and his minions have hit back at claims that his company was involved in pay TV piracy aimed at putting his rivals out of business, something I blogged on yesterday.
Murdoch has come out on Twitter all guns blazing. "Seems every competitor and enemy piling on with lies and libels. So bad, easy to hit back hard, which preparing" and "Enemies many different agendas, but worst old toffs and right wingers who still want last century's status quo with their monoplies" (sic)
His CEO Chase Carey has come out with an emailed statement, reported here, attacking the BBC. "The BBC's Panorama program was a gross misrepresentation of NDS's role as a high quality and leading provider of technology and services to the pay-TV industry, as are many of the other press accounts that have piled on — if not exaggerated — the BBC's inaccurate claims."
The battle lines are hardening for several reasons. Not least of which is because Murdoch, as reported by Bloomberg , is planning to set up a US national sports network that will challenge Walt Disney Corporation's ESPN. News Corp is getting desperate because the Fox Network in the US is now not doing that well in the US. It's getting low ratings while its rivals like CNBC are doing brilliantly. That little phone hacking scandal wouldn't have helped. And we're still to see whether the piracy allegations will make it any worse.