“Ink” recounts how Rupert Murdoch, newly arrived in London from Australia in 1969, bought the Sun, “a stuck-up broadsheet that…never once made a profit,” and in a year’s time made it a wildly popular populist tabloid, having turned “ugly into an art form,” as a character says in James Graham’s play. The character, Larry Lamb (portrayed by Jonny Lee Miller), the editor Murdoch hired, is talking about the ugly look of the paper, but the description fits the contents as well.
“You might think it’s all harmless — celebrities and bonking,” the head of the rival Mirror says to Lamb in the play. “Don’t you know how Rome fell?”
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