It appears News International does not only report news it also generates enough news on its own to keep journalists busy as it emerges that its proprietor, Rupert Murdoch, has fallen out with former Prime Minister Tony Blair over Blair’s relationship with his ex, Wendi Deng.
The Mail on Sunday reported the allegation under the headline “Murdoch’s feud with Blair over Wendi”.
The paper claims that relations between Rupert Murdoch and Tony Blair had “collapsed” because of Mr Blair’s close friendship with the media mogul’s ex-wife, Wendi Deng.
It also reported that Mr Blair and Ms Deng had stayed overnight at Mr Murdoch’s mansion in California on two occasions ithout his knowledge. And it added that Mr Blair and Ms Deng had “multiple encounters” of which Mr Murdoch was unaware in both London and New York.
While the paper stressed it was making “no suggestion” of any impropriety by the former prime minister or Ms Deng it nevertheless quoted a friend of Mr Murdoch saying “Rupert Murdoch will have nothing more to do with Tony Blair. Not ever.”
News International, publishers of the Sun and the defunct News of the World have been embroiled in one scandal or the other ever since they have been accused of phone hacking a couple of years ago.
Before the phone hacking scandal anybody in the UK who was or wanted to be somebody feared News International.
The media company is not only credited for Tony Blair’s ascension to power they are also believed to have brought Gordon Brown’s government down.
Since the phone hacking news story broke, Rupert Murdoch and his son, James Murdoch, have been humiliated in front of a parliamentary committee and several staff and former staff of News International have been arrested by the police with some of them facing an ongoing criminal trial.
If rumours of the alleged affair between the former Prime Minister and Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife turns out to be true it would be an interesting twist in the ongoing saga of how an Australian business came to the UK and had the entire British political establishment eating from his hands.