UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned a new social history docuseries about the Murdoch family media empire and its reach across the British press.
The 3 x 60-minute A Tabloid Empire (wt) covers the period from 1997 to 2012 and explores how the popular British press went from exerting astonishing influence over politics, public policy and culture, to getting mired in a series of scandals including phone hacking revelations at the now-defunct News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch (pictured), and other British newspapers. The affair culminated in the Leveson inquiry, which would lead to still ongoing debates regarding regulation of the press.
The series will explore these turbulent times in British media through Murdoch, one of the most powerful and polarizing figures in the industry, and his media empire, which includes marquee news brand Fox News.
A Tabloid Empire is made by 72 Films and executive produced by Cate Hall and David Glover. It was commissioned by Patrick Holland, BBC2 controller, and Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual. The commissioning editor is Simon Young.
“With A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad, 72 Films made one of the most exceptional modern history series of recent years,” said Holland, in a statement. “This series promises to combine the same forensic eye for detail with the best documentary storytelling to explore the decade which changed our relationship with the press forever.”
“This new commission continues to signal our commitment to stories, forms and ideas which shine a light on the big issues in modern society through the prism of recent history,” added McDonald. “This series promises intricate storytelling, beautifully assembled archive and fascinating interviews from those who witnessed and lived through these events.”