Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Andrew Neil blows up Rebekah Wade
I am delighted to see that fellow Gemini Andrew Neil has contradicted Rebekah Wade (see below) and confirmed what we all know - that Rupert Murdoch is the Sun's de facto editor-in-chief. "If you want to know what Rupert Murdoch really thinks read the editorials in the Sun and the New York Post because he is editor-in-chief of these papers," he told the Lords committee on media ownership and power. Asked by Lord Fowler whether what Wade told the committee on the 16th was crap, Neil responded undiplomatically: "I don't recognise [her] description of how the Sun operates. Now it has been a while since I have been there. When I was there, the editor of the Sun would get daily telephone calls [from Murdoch]." This is presumably true of The Spectator and Telegraph, too, with reference to Neil's bosses, the Barclays ... ? I only ask.