Episode 2 of The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty titled “The Rebel Alliance” turns it attention to the hacking scandal in the British press and the role of editor Rebekah Brooks.
The Rebel Alliance tells the story of a disparate group of individuals whose mission is to expose criminality and wrongdoing within Murdoch’s Empire. This group includes movie star Hugh Grant, Formula 1 boss Max Mosley and investigative journalist Nick Davies. Together they try to expose the criminality that has been taking place within the Murdoch Empire.
The story begins amid calls of nepotism, with Rupert putting his son James in charge of BSkyB Television, a move that will test Murdoch’s youngest son’s suitability to succeed his father in running the family business.
A general election is on the horizon, and the political classes circle Murdoch in search of his support. At Rebekah Brooks’ opulent wedding in the Cotswolds, Gordon Brown and David Cameron vie for Rupert’s political affections. Cameron seems to be the favoured one, not least because he’s good friends with Rebekah’s new husband: Charlie Brooks. On the very same day of the wedding, investigative reporter Nick Davies begins work on a story that will blow a hole in the Murdoch Empire. A chance meeting between Nick Davies and millionaire Max Mosley leads to an anti-Murdoch alliance forming, a network that grows to include actor Hugh Grant and Labour politician Tom Watson.
Journalist Nick Davies uncovers further criminality within Murdoch’s organisation. He finds links to an exMurdoch editor who is now working closely with David Cameron, allegedly hired because of his access to the Murdoch Empire. It’s all become very cozy, and to some, very wrong.
7:40pm Sunday on ABC.