Rune-readers believe the UK government’s upcoming draft Communications Bill will not delight global media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
This is the interpretation many industry observers place on the latest delay in the bill’s publication – originally scheduled for February, then postponed until April, and this weekend shelved again until May 8 at earliest.
The Blair administration is said to be nervous that the bill’s April date is too close for comfort to May’s national local government elections.
Should the draft legislation contain unpalatable news for Murdoch’s British TV ambitions (as many believe it does), the tycoon's anti-governmental ire might be reflected in his four national newspapers, The Times, Sunday Times, News of the World and the Sun – the latter a redneck vote-swinger of alarming power.
Data sourced from: MediaGuardian.co.uk; additional content by WARC staff