Hello and welcome to our weekly travel media and technology bulletin featuring the latest developments on media and technology around the world, published every Tuesday at 06:00 BST.
The New York Times on the Murdoch Dynasty
Rupert Murdoch belies easy definition.
In launching what was to become BSkyB (now owned by Comcast), he created one of the UK’s most formidable public companies. Sky News regularly puts its better funded rivals to shame. The Sunday Times was, in its heyday, one of the greatest English language Sunday newspapers.
On other hand, many outlets have engaged in criminal activity, spread conspiracy theories, stifled efforts against climate change, and poisoned public discourse.
In an exhaustive three part series, the New York Times Magazine looks at how Rupert Murdoch’s empire impacted the English speaking Western world.
Also of note this week:
KLM introduces wireless streaming to personal devices on Boeing 747 aircraft. (KLM)
Why do 2.7m Americans still receive DVDs from Netflix in the post asks CNN. Also worth adding that the picture quality of streaming whilst “good enough” for most does not match that of physical media. Many Americans also still subscribe to AOL dial-up internet access. (CNN)
“The Golden Age Of YouTube Is Over” (The Verge)
Also on YouTube, how executives ignored warnings and let toxic videos run rampant on the platform in favour of user engagement. (Bloomberg)
WhatsApp has mercifully introduced new settings which restrict who can automatically add users to new WhatsApp groups. (WhatsApp)
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour interviews Anna Wintour. (CNN)