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US tabloids less aggressive than British: Experts

Last Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 16:09

New York: US tabloid newspapers including ones owned by Rupert Murdoch`s News Corporation are less aggressive than their British counterparts, partly due to readers` differing demands, experts say.

In general US readers want fewer of the salacious details which British tabloids dish up, including via questionable ethical methods such as those highlighted in the current storm over phone hacking.

`The tabloid press in the US is different from that in the UK or other countries. There is more competition in the tabloid press in the UK,` said Rich Hanley, professor in communications at Quinnipiac University.

In the United States `they don`t tend to go too far. They understand the audience in America, who want details, but there is a line when these details become unacceptable,` he said.

Consequently he doesn`t think the scandal which has engulfed Mr Murdoch in Britain - where he closed the weekly News of the World, and has lost two senior executives so far - will grow so big on this side of the Atlantic.

`I don`t think that the depth of the scandal in the UK will be matched in the US. I don`t see Mr Murdoch`s US media properties such as the New York Post and Fox News following those same practices.`

Bureau Report

First Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011 - 16:09
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