The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

It is exactly the case, and increasingly what one sees and will see more of, I think -- and again, this is more evident in the United States -- is groups of business people or indeed one business person buying a newspaper, or indeed creating a newspaper, in order to propound their views.

There is a very well known example in San Diego, where a wealthy businessman, who is a hotel owner, created a new newspaper there when the long established newspaper failed and said that he and his editors were strong Republicans, on the right of the Republican party, and that the editorial would reflect that and that he expected his editors, his reporters, his commentators, to reflect his views.

I think that, which had been, after all, the model of the press back in the 18th and 19th centuries, may well return, since, as you say, an owner has to have some reason for maintaining a newspaper, if not profit.

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