The feud between Harold Evans, former editor of London’s The Times and Sunday Times, and Rupert Murdoch, who acquired the papers in 1981, still has plenty of legs. Today, Murdoch was testifying before Parliament about his ties to political parties, and when the subject of Evans’ book — Good Times, Bad Times — came up, Murdoch got visibly annoyed.
Evans’ book details the strained relationship between Evans and Murdoch for what Evans described as Murdoch’s desire to heavily influence the paper’s contents. Murdoch denied Evans’ claims today, saying that his leadership methods were “decentralized.”
It was comic and sad to see Rupert Murdoch testify at the Leveson Inquiry this morning dealing with all the charges against him. It was comic for me because he had to find a way of denying that he ever broke his promise to maintain the independence of The Times under my editorship. Political independence was only one of the promises he made and broke. It was sad that, having lost his memory, he compensated by spectacular displays of imagination.
That was only the beginning. It gets more detailed from there, so do yourself a favor and check out Evans’ piece.