Skip to comments.Rupert Murdoch's Growing Porn Empire
Posted on 03/15/2006 9:23:06 AM PST by Willie Green
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Australian-born media mogul Rupert Murdoch (Council on Foreign Relations), whose international holdings include the supposedly conservative FOX News channel, "has been secretly building a stable of wholly-owned pornographic channels for his [British] Sky subsidiary," reported Rupert Steiner of London's The Business on February 12. "The Business has learned that Sky now owns and operates its own pornographic channels -- the 18+ Movies section -- after years of hosting third-party content only."
Previously, under British licensing rules, Rupert's Sky network was required to provide porn content produced by other networks. Having learned of porn's profit potential, however, Murdoch is developing his own original smut content, as well as "entering into partnerships with companies that broadcast pornographic television channels on Sky, such as Sport XXX Babes, XXX Housewives, and Playboy. Sky has agreed [to] retail distribution agreements with these companies. With Playboy, for instance, Sky now not only hosts the channel but sells its service, and collects and shares in the revenues from Playboy customers."
"For years the Murdoch press has labelled rival newspaper baron Richard Desmond a pornographer in articles charting his business which has included pornographic magazines and TV channels," relates Steiner. "Desmond, who owns the Daily Express and OK magazine, will view Murdoch's expansion in this field as hypocrisy." American conservatives who have viewed Murdoch as an ally interjecting a conservative voice into the "mainstream media" should take an even dimmer view of these developments.
"Next on FoXXX News, DP World, and we're not talking about Dubai Ports..."
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I'm amazed anyone still pays for it. It's available free (so I hear).
Rupert Murdoch is not a conservative, nor are his media holdings (at least those I am familiar with) "conservative" in any sense of the word. Fox News may seem conservative in comparison to the major networks, but that's only in a relative sense. And the NY Post is a big-government rag whose advertisements (particularly in the sports section) look like they belong in Hustler magazine.
Speaking of it, I know hotels make a lot of their money through porn. Something they will not admit to. Even the family friendly ones.
Every day a larger proportion of commercials aired on my G rated satellite channels during prime time are unfit for child consumption. Soft porn seems to be spreading like wildfire.
Murdoch has never been a white knight in shining armor. He's just not a dedicated, 24-7 leftist like most of the rest of them.
Porn is left wing. Tobacco is right wing. Notice if it is right wing the left wing taxes the hell out of it. I no fan of porn, but I wish the idiot politicians would tax porn like they tax alcohol and tobacco.
I realize that Corporate America has its own flaws, but if a newspaper gets a call from IBM, Colgate-Palmolive or the Ford Motor Co. expressing concern about X-rated ads that appear next to theirs, you can be damn sure that the newspaper will take those corporate giants over a local strip club any day of the week.
Not all. I stayed at the Hampton Inn in Orlando and they did not offer it.
Also, James Dobson had a hotel chain CEO on his show that took all porn out of their hotels.
Be careful, you'll be bashed for not professing an undying allegiance to Faux News.
wish the idiot politicians would tax porn like they tax alcohol and tobacco.
I really hate porn....I like the idea of taxing it.
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