Extension Task: During the Easter break, you will be required to read the link below, research and explore other articles related to this story, and investigate how current media ownership laws have come to be.

BBC News – Archived Papers reveal Thatcher Secrets

Areas to look at:

Outline the ownership laws at the time of Lady Thatcher and Murdoch’s secret meeting

What changes were made to these laws after the meeting?

How did this impact on Murdoch’s media empire?

Over the last thirty years, which companies have been added to Rupert Murdoch’s media portfolio?

Do you believe that the present media ownership laws properly safeguard the interest of the general public?

Has the influence, negative or otherwise, of Murdoch’s media conglomerate been exaggerated by his rivals in media and politics?

If you were Prime Minister, what changes would you make to media ownership laws?

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