Rupert Murdoch tweets: News Corp preparing to hit back hard

City A.M. Reporter
AN ANGRY Rupert Murdoch yesterday declared war against “enemies” who have accused his pay-TV operation of sabotaging its rivals, denouncing them as “toffs and right wingers” stuck in the last century.

Separate reports in British and Australian media this week said that News Corp’s pay-TV smartcard security unit, NDS, had promoted piracy attacks on rivals, including in the US.

NDS and News Corp had already denied the allegations, but yesterday the media conglomerate mounted a concerted fight back as a corruption scandal that has plagued its British newspapers began to encroach on its far more lucrative pay-TV business.

“Seems every competitor and enemy piling on with lies and libels. So bad, easy to hit back hard, which preparing,” 81 year old News Corp chief executive Murdoch tweeted.

Last July, Rupert Murdoch told MPs: “This is the humblest day of my life.” But yesterday he tweeted: “Let’s have it on!”

Rupert Murdoch joined Twitter over the new year and has more than 208,500 followers.