“What is required is a change in management and ownership,” Gavin MacFadyen said.
He added that the press in Britain is largely controlled by the old-fashioned establishment, rich families, “some of whom, one of whom in particular, I mean the Rothermeres [Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere, controls the Daily Mail and General Trust plc, a British media conglomerate], supported Hitler during World War Two,” which explains the media's right-wing leanings.
“When the editor of the Guardian published the Snowden material, every single editor and publisher of the other newspapers in Britain, everyone, without exceptions, they all attacked him, nobody supported his right to publish this,” MacFadyen stressed.
He added that civil society in the United Kingdom needs ”a much broader spectrum of opinion in the public arena.”
“There are only one vaguely liberal newspaper here, one left-wing newspaper. That is not true in France, or Italy, or Germany,” he said.
In November 2014, Ofcom threatened the RT television channel with sanctions over what it termed as one-sided coverage of events in Ukraine.
Another poll conducted by ICM Research exclusively for Sputnik and released in May showed that 57 percent of UK respondents were interested in receiving their news from alternative information sources.