BBC Orders Documentary Series About Rupert Murdoch’s Print Empire

BBC Orders Documentary Series About Rupert Murdoch’s Print Empire

The BBC has ordered “A Tabloid Empire,” a three-part documentary series about Rupert Murdoch’s influence over the British press.

The series will air on BBC Two in the U.K. and examine in detail the popular press in the U.K. between 1997 and 2012, a period that takes in phone hacking and corruption but also during which Murdoch’s and other papers still wielded great influence over politics and society in general.

“House of Assad” producer 72 Films will make the series, which will use archive from the period as well as interviews with key figures from the time. The BBC promised the series will document “the colorful characters and unrivaled power of those at the top, forensically deconstructing some of the most iconic and infamous moments of modern times.”

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland commissioned “A Tabloid Empire.” 72 Films’ Cate Hall and David Glover will executive produce.

“This series promises to combine the same forensic eye for detail with the best documentary story-telling to explore the decade which changed our relationship with the press forever,” Holland said.

Tom McDonald, the BBC’s head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual, added: “This series promises intricate storytelling, beautifully assembled archive and fascinating interviews from those who witnessed and lived through these events.”

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