The extraordinary influence of the Murdoch empire on the British press will be explored in a new series for BBC Two.
Social history series A Tabloid Empire (working title) will cover the period from 1997 to 2012, looking at how the popular press exerted astonishing power over British politics, public policies and everyday life. It will also chronicle the succession of scandals which hit Murdoch's businesses and culminated in the Leveson Enquiry.
“This new commission continues to signal our commitment to stories, forms and ideas which shine a light on the big issues in modern society through the prism of recent history,” said Tom McDonald, the BBC’s Head of Commissioning for Natural History and Specialist Factual. “This series promises intricate storytelling, beautifully assembled archive and fascinating interviews from those who witnessed and lived through these events.”
Produced by 72 Films, the company behind The Mighty Redcar and A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad, the three-part series will offer a unique look at 21st century Britain during one of the most turbulent periods in recent history.