19 July ~ Two of the most influential men in recent football history have been very visible this week. A sixth of the population watched Alan Sugar award £250,000 to a man who invented an office chair on Sunday night's The Apprentice final. And Rupert Murdoch has suffered the "most humble day of his career" at this afternoon's select committee hearing on phone hacking. In today's 25 years of WSC retrospective, we look back to issue 203 (Jan 2004) when Barney Ronay traced the unholy alliance between BSkyB and Amstrad

Desperate times call for desperate publicity stunts. In 1990, with the battle for control of the skies be­tween BSB and Sky TV at its most feverish, camera-shy media mogul Rupert Murdoch took the unusual step of paying a surprise visit to the home of Sky’s millionth UK subscriber. Read the full article

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