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The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty review – Succession with phone hacking and foam pies

The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty review – Succession with phone hacking and foam pies

The second instalment of this three-part series covers the scandal that left Rupert ‘humbled’ – and nearly destroyed his UK newspaper business

At the beginning of part two of The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty (BBC Two), the question of succession seems to have been parked, if not settled. In 2003, Rupert Murdoch’s youngest son, James, is installed as chair of the satellite broadcaster BSkyB. Accusations of nepotism dog the appointment – James’s main qualification seems to be his surname, his main talent finding ways to tell reporters he is too busy to talk to them – but an heir has apparently been found.

A few years later, elsewhere in the empire, another star is rising: in 2009, the editor of the Sun, Rebekah Wade, marries the racehorse trainer Charlie Brooks. The wedding reception, attended by Murdoch and various top politicians eager to curry favour, has the romantic atmosphere of the lunch break at an arms fair.

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