We, in Australia, are in a similar situation to GBR.
We have a man who prime ministers (Rudd did it last publically) go cap in hand to get permission from this man.
It is well known he did deals with new Labour in England and everyone knows the Conservatives promised him BSkyB before this blowup.
Bush II did a deal that for his support he would get control of their equivalent of BSkyB.
He is a cancer on our democracy. It appears the Libs have obviously done the latest deal as seen by the behaviour of his newspapers. When they get in we shall see what he gets.
They have acted criminally in GBR and that has been his top people that have instigated it. I think similar behaviour will be found in Australia but just as they were in England, the politicians are cowed, the police are told not to act and unfortunately we don't have a paper like the Guardian.
My opinion is that he has got too much power in Australia and should be made to sell off some of his assets for the good of our democracy. He definitely should not be allowed to run our international Australia channel. (This was probably promised to him by Rudd).
Would anyone be surprised if he wasn't undergoing similar activities (bribing of police) like what has occurred in GBR here?? Or have I got it completely wrong and it is only his reporters and all is smelling like roses at the top levels of this company?