Monday, March 5, 2012

#Leveson Inquiry: Murdoch's Broken Promises To Staff Members Needs Probing

It's ironic that this week Rupert Murdoch's Sunday Times included a supplement listing the 100 best companies to work for.

You won't find his company listed, or any other publisher or broadcaster for that matter.

This is perhaps explained because the media is a highly competitive industry which tends to chew on employees before spitting them out.

But the level of happiness, wellbeing and security - or lack of it - felt by Murdoch employees may well have played a key part in the phone hacking scandal.

So why is it an area that never seems to come under scrutiny? Many had hoped that - post News of the World - MPs and the Leveson Inquiry would grapple with what motivates and causes law-breaking at newspapers.

But there has been very little forensic examination of the 'back-end' mechanics of what we read in the newspapers.

The general assumption is that criminality is driven by the competitive need to feed a sensation-hungry readership with celebrity and crime more