PBS UK, the British arm of the American public broadcaster, is to broadcast ‘Frontline’ documentary Murdoch’s Scandal, an investigation into the business empire of Rupert Murdoch (pictured), the day after the quick turnaround production premieres in the U.S.
The hour -ong doc is led by Lowell Bergman – the journalist whose investigation of the US tobacco industry for ‘60 Minutes’ was chronicled in the Hollywood film The Insider – and will air in the U.S. at 10 p.m. EST on March 27. PBS UK will air it the next day at 9 p.m. GMT.
A joint production for PBS between WGBH and the CBC, the doc looks at how 80-year-old Murdoch’s business empire is under threat, “not from outside competition, but from shocking allegations of invasion of privacy and journalistic impropriety,” according to billing from PBS.
In the UK, Murdoch is currently facing his second major newspaper crisis in the space of a year, with five journalists from tabloid title The Sun having been arrested amid allegations of police bribery.
The scandal comes after another News Corporation newspaper, The News Of The World, closed amid a scandal over alleged cell phone hacking.
“The ‘Frontline’ team have an unmatched reputation in US television for uncompromising but fair investigative journalism,” said Richard Kingsbury, PBS UK general manager. “With Murdoch’s Scandal, they are tackling a subject that has captured the headlines and public imagination on both sides of the Atlantic.”