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Murdoch press freedom warning

Elisabeth Murdoch became the third member of her family to give the celebrated MacTaggart lecture at the Edinburgh International Television Festival. In the speech she warned of the threat to Press freedom from "enemies within".

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Elisabeth Murdoch praises the BBC and her father

Elisabeth Murdoch praised her father's "vision, will and sense of purpose". Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

In contrast to her brother, who used his 2009 speech to lambast the BBC, Elisabeth Murdoch reiterated her support for the corporation and its licence fee and praised the "vision and leadership" of outgoing Director-General Mark Thompson.

Yet she cautioned that his successor, George Entwistle, must show how "efficiently" the BBC spent its money.

She also had firm praise for her father, Rupert, who she said "had the vision, the will and the sense of purpose to challenge the old world order on behalf of 'the people"'.

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