Power And The Press

Four programmes in which journalist Anthony Howard explores the frontier between the British press and governments, from the age of deference to the eve of mogul power.

Episodes

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01Whatever You Say, Mr Churchill1998040919980719

Most newspapers in the 40s and 50s still ran behind the Conservative Party's chariot wheels.

02Paranoia And Indifference1998041619980726

The 60s and early 70s saw a sea change in the relationship between the press and those in power.

03Beware Of Moguls1998042319980802

The old feudal ownerships in Fleet Street eventually made way for new entrepreneurs. Rupert Murdoch's victory at Wapping transformed the entire industry and sealed his alliance with Mrs Thatcher. But from then on newspapers saw themselves as a co-equal power with politicians.

04 LASTIn And Out Of Love1998043019980809

John Major's failure to win the support of Rupert Murdoch almost certainly contributed to his fall, while Tony Blair's courting of the press was unprecedented in the case of a Labour leader. He may have learnt from Neil Kinnock, who blamed the press for his defeat.