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From British daily The Independent:
Italian PM accuses rival media mogul of ordering negative stories about him
By Peter Popham
Friday, 5 June 2009
The worst-kept secret in Italy is finally out in the open: the long and profitable friendship between the two media moguls who bestride the land, Silvio Berlusconi and Rupert Murdoch, is dead and buried.
Mr Berlusconi himself spilled the beans yesterday. “I don’t want to be nasty,” he said on one of the three private television channels he owns through his company Mediaset, “but the episode of VAT on Sky created a rift with Sky and Murdoch which has been followed by a series of highly critical articles about me.”
The “episode” was the decision by Mr Berlusconi’s government in December 2008 to double the rate of VAT on satellite television to 20 per cent.
As Mr Murdoch’s Sky Italia for years enjoyed an effective satellite monopoly in Italy, a comfortable position achieved with help from Mr Berlusconi, the jump in the tax rate was seen at Sky as a calculated attack. …
Mr Murdoch was so furious about the tax increase during a recession, which he saw as a direct assault on his business, that he took the unusual step of appearing in person at the Sky Italia headquarters to denounce it.
He went on the offensive, ordering advertising spots on Sky channels lambasting the Berlusconi government and firing off letters to MPs, denouncing the tax rise.
Less subtle measures followed. During the Easter break, Sky Italia broadcast the film Shooting Silvio, which depicts a man’s plan to rid Italy of Mr Berlusconi with a bullet. …
Today, people in both camps speak of them being virtually at war. “It’s no secret that the relationship between the pair has got very nasty indeed in the last 12 months,” a source at Sky Italia told The Independent.
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The decision by Mr Berlusconi’s wife, Veronica Lario, to sue for divorce over Noemi Letizia, the 18-year-old lingerie model who calls Mr Berlusconi daddy, and his decision – which she thwarted at the last minute – to run a raft of starlets as candidates in the European election was a gift to media worldwide. But the gusto with which The [Murdoch owned] Times laid into him was remarkable: a second reporter, Lucy Bannerman, was dispatched to Italy to reinforce the paper’s correspondent, Richard Owen, and the paper ran harsh editorials attacking him. A line in the first editorial had a curious ring, coming from Mr Murdoch’s organisation. Mr Berlusconi’s attacks on independent media, the paper wrote, were “the actions of a wealthy and powerful man who treats politics and the media as fiefdoms”. The most recent and damaging, published on 1 June, was headlined “The clown’s mask slips”.
“When The Times starts repeating this stuff, it looks like another round between Berlusconi and Murdoch,” one Italian media analyst said.
It is to be hoped that the conflict between these two crooks intensifies so much that they will not have time any more to promote bloody wars; like they did about Iraq etc.
From the complete review:
Jose Saramago has launched a blistering assault on Silvio Berlusconi, whose publishing house has dropped the Portuguese Nobel laureate’s latest offering because it describes the Italian prime minister as a “delinquent”.
The Einaudi publishing house, which is part of Mr Berlusconi’s Mondadori empire, has published all Saramago’s works in Italian for 20 years. But it declined to publish El Cuaderno (The Notebook), a compilation of Mr Saramago’s blog entries, because it contained “accusations that would be condemned in any court”.