Rally to stop Murdoch’s BSkyB Powergrab. 12:30 today

Rupert Murdoch - World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2009

Photograph by World Economic Forum

Grim reading this morning:
Guardian: “News Corp’s BSkyB bid: Jeremy Hunt gives green light for takeover”
BBC: News Corp moves closer to a takeover of BSkyB

In July last year 38 Degrees members came together to launch our campaign to halt Rupert Murdoch’s powergrab. Our campaign to stop him is making a difference– we’ve already delayed Jeremy Hunt’s announcement by several weeks and forced News Corporation to make small concessions.

Jeremey Hunt’s decision could mean he’s about to hand Rupert Murdoch another huge slice of our country’s media. But Hunt’s decision isn’t final and our pressure could change the game — if we all join a rally in London at lunchtime today we can stop Murdoch’s power grab.

Let’s ramp the pressure up with a people powered rally. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Avaaz to hold a spectacular stunt at 12:30 outside the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. We’ll have a stiltwalker, huge puppets, and more for the media to film. And, the bigger our crowd, the more pressure we’ll put on the government.

Where: Department for Culture, Media and Sport, 2-4 Cockspur Street, SW1Y 5DH (just off Trafalgar Square)
When: 12.30 today, June 30th
Nearest tube: Picadilly Circus and Charing Cross.
Map: here

Mass Demonstration

Photograph by 38 Degrees

Update – despite little notice lots of the media and members of 38 Degrees and Avaaz came to the stunt. Here are some pictures:

Mass Demonstration

Photograph by 38 Degrees