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It has been under the scrutiny of authorities in Sweden and around the world for some time. The site was briefly closed down after raids by the Swedish police last May. After initially moving to the Netherlands, the site returned to Sweden in June. Swedish authorities have been put under pressure to do more to stop the site. According to a website set up to secure the purchase of Sealand, The Pirate Bay plans to give citizenship of the micronation to anyone willing to put money towards the purchase.
The "island" of Sealand, seven miles off the coast of southern England, was settled in by an English major, Paddy Roy Bates. Bates proclaimed Sealand a state, issuing passports and gold and silver Sealand dollars and declaring himself Prince Roy. When the British Royal Navy tried to evict Prince Roy in , a judge ruled that the platform was outside British territorial waters and therefore beyond government control. The British government subsequently extended its territorial waters from three to twelve nautical miles from the coast, which would include Sealand, but Prince Roy simultaneously extended Sealand's waters, claimed that this guaranteed Sealand's sovereignty.
The island is now being put up for sale by Prince Roy's son, Prince Michael, who styles himself head of state. Sweden's news in English Search. Become a Member Sign in My account. Walsh cautioned Murdoch to stay in the background.
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You just never bloody know. Without the support of the Chinese government, Star TV can have no paid subscribers, and advertisers stay away. That situation translates into big losses projected at eighty million dollars in the current fiscal year, Murdoch says. It may take ten years. Murdoch is the chairman, C. He is frustrated by China. Over all, however, these frustrations present mere skirmishes in a global war that Murdoch is winning.
All the media deals and maneuvers of the past few months have come about, in part, because Disney and Time Warner felt that they had to catch up to Murdoch. Murdoch not only reaches readers; he also holds the electronic keys to their homes. Murdoch moves more swiftly than most rivals, takes bigger risks, and never gives up. One scheme that he discussed internally and ordered his bankers and lawyers to dissect carefully was to attempt a takeover of Time Warner valued at more than forty billion dollars.
The idea was to make a bid for Time Warner in the next few months, before the merger with Turner was consummated.
Murdoch created the first global media network by investing in both software movies, TV shows, sports franchises, publishing and the distribution platforms the Fox network, cable, and TV satellite systems that disseminate the software. He wants to be the gatekeeper. Murdoch called the meeting because he believed that Malone was necessary for capturing two of the missing pieces in his empire—the sports network and the news network. The day before the meeting, Murdoch summoned to his California office Chase Carey, the chairman and C.
Murdoch, from behind the oak table he uses as a desk, began by noting that at that moment Malone was trying to help Turner finance a bid to acquire CBS, which would compete with Fox.
They knew that Malone and Turner needed cash to take over CBS, and they talked about how Turner might be encouraged to sell something. The meeting was held in a stark, glass-walled conference room dominated by a black granite oval table. The only refreshments were a few cans of diet soda and a thermos of coffee on a granite sideboard; each corner of the room was occupied by a rubber plant. Malone, attired in a red-and-white checked short-sleeved button-down shirt and chinos, was careful not to sit at the head of the table.
Flanked by two TCI executives, he took a seat across from the Murdoch trio. The table was bare except for a single folded sheet of paper in front of Malone. The six men, who did not rise from their seats for the next four hours, began with industry gossip, which soon bored Murdoch. I think their strategy is to drive Ted nuts. Malone said, contemptuously, that he thought Gerald Levin, the Time Warner chairman and president, was seesawing, because his management was engaged in an internal war.
Malone says the same thing about Murdoch, and over the years they have been both adversaries and allies, depending on the venture. Malone had several goals in this meeting.permatugoo.ml
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He wanted to see if there were areas where he and Murdoch could do business together, and he wanted to avoid conflicts. Malone did most of the talking. They could always fold in Cablevision later. What Murdoch needed was some numbers from Malone. The single sheet of paper slid across the table. It contained, Malone explained, what TCI thought each of its fifteen regional sports channels was worth. Afterward, I asked Murdoch and Malone separately if there was anything they had discussed alone. Murdoch thought that he had accomplished half his mission.
He was confident that he and Malone would make a sports deal, but he felt that CNN was slipping away, not least because Turner would probably spurn him. A fair number of communications-company C. CNN became even further out of reach the following month, when Time Warner announced a merger with Turner.
This was a real blow. Murdoch and Malone had been outmaneuvered. Malone no longer sat in the cockpit with Turner. His role had been reduced to that of a passenger and an investor. Murdoch chased Charles Dolan, and when, as Malone had anticipated, they could not reach an agreement the News Corporation and TCI negotiated, and on October 31st announced that they had agreed to become partners in a new, worldwide Fox sports network to compete with ESPN. They also have tentatively agreed to become partners in a direct satellite system in South America. And, unlike his competitors in the satellite business, he owns a programming factory—Twentieth Century Fox.
Competitors like NBC own neither. And, unlike any other communications giants except perhaps Sumner Redstone and Bill Gates, he has a controlling interest in his company. Murdoch is a pirate; he will cunningly circumvent rules, and sometimes principles, to get his way, as his recent adventures in China demonstrate. Sometime in , Murdoch took his initial look at Star TV, which was then a five-channel satellite service operating out of Hong Kong and reaching fifty-three countries. In July of , Murdoch offered five hundred and twenty-five million dollars for sixty-four per cent of Star, and that led to an agreement.
Murdoch was confident that Li and his son could run political interference from China.
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Others were less certain. Perhaps Murdoch, too, should have worried more about this. Besides, Murdoch is supremely confident—to the point of arrogance, perhaps—that he can get what he wants. If it had not been for the Speech, Murdoch might have found a way. On September 1, , he invited hundreds of advertisers to Whitehall Palace, in London, and gave a speech explaining why the News Corporation was at the cutting edge of the communications revolution.
He declared that George Orwell was wrong. And satellite broadcasting makes it possible for information-hungry residents of many closed societies to bypass state-controlled television channels.