First Thing, Daily Maverick's flagship newsletter

Join the 230 000 South Africans who read First Thing newsletter.

We write for you

It’s a public service and we refuse to erect a paywall and force you to pay for truth. Instead, we ask (nicely and often) that those of you who can afford to, become a Maverick Insider and help with whatever you can. In order for truth not to become a thing of the past, we need to keep going.

Currently, 18,000 (or less than 0.3%) of our brave and generous readers are members; which says a lot about their characters and commitment to our country. These people are paying for a free service in order to keep it free for everyone.

They are the true South AfriCANs.(Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.)

Support Daily Maverick→
Payment options

British media petitions against Murdoch's BSkyB deal

Defend Truth

British media petitions against Murdoch’s BSkyB deal

Diverse media houses in Britain, including such unlikely bedfellows as The Guardian, The Daily Mail, and the BBC have joined forces in lobbying against media mogul Rupert Murdoch's proposed takeover of BSkyB. Murdoch's company, News Corporation, currently owns 39% of Sky, but has proposed an £8 billion buyout that would see it take full ownership of the broadcaster. This would expand Murdoch's media empire, which already includes the Sun, the News of the World, the Times and book publisher HarperCollins. The media houses against his latest deal have signed a petition to business secretary Vince Cable, drawing attention to the "far-reaching consequences for media plurality", should he effect the takeover. Read more: The Guardian


Please peer review 3 community comments before your comment can be posted