A member of Rupert Murdoch’s family could take over as the next Director General of the BBC, according a report from the i newspaper.
The paper reports that Rupert’s daughter Elisabeth is being discussed as a potential replacement to Tony Hall, who announced his resignation last month.
Having been born into a media empire, Elisabeth Murdoch has worked in the profession for her entire career to date. She helped to turn around the finances of BSkyB as managing director, and pocketed £130m when she sold her TV production company Shine to 20th Century Fox in 2015.
While still a member of the Murdoch inner sanctum, Elisabeth has ruled herself out of the running to succeed her father’s empire, and it’s thought she has a much more positive attitude to the BBC than her family members.
As a result, it’s believed the BBC are considering this as a power move, to strengthen their hand in negotiations with the government.
“It could be a genius move. They wouldn’t dare f*** with a Murdoch,” one insider told the i.
Meanwhile, it’s reported that Downing Street wouldn’t be against the idea. After all, many Tories have always wanted a Murdoch running the BBC (though it’s worth noting that no-one is sure whether she would take the role, if offered).
However, according to the i, Downing Street’s ideal candidate is Rebekah Brooks, CEO of Rupert Murdoch’s News UK, who was a key figure in the phone hacking scandal.
Dominic Cummings really does have a sick sense of humour.
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