The New Statesman has criticised The Times for turning a blind eye to negative comment about its News Corporation stablemate, satellite broadcaster Sky. In a blog post entitled 'Murdoch-owned "paper of record" fails to report BBC director general's comments on Sky', The New Statesman says:
"A significant chunk of the speech was devoted to Sky, who the BBC director general criticised for not investing enough in original British programming. Thompson also warned that, if successful, Rupert Murdoch's bid to take full ownership of BSkyB would lead to a "concentration of cross-media ownership which would not be allowed in the United States or Australia".
"But you wouldn't know it if you only read the Times. The News Corp-owned paper reported on Thompson's speech but somehow glanced over his remarks on Sky and its parent company."
As the New Statesman points out, it's not as if The Times didn't find the Edinburgh International Television Festival (EITF) newsworthy it's just that its coverage was distinctly partisan.