Seven months after the UK's Conservative party was re-elected at the polls, there are indications it is trying to completely reshape the British media landscape.

The meetings are worrying at best and... very, very unhealthy for a healthy democracy.

Natalie Fenton, Hacked Off Campaign

Shortly after David Cameron's outright win in May, his government announced a review of finances at the BBC; an organisation denounced by some Conservatives for harbouring a liberal agenda, and one-fifth of the publicly owned broadcaster's annual budget was slashed.

Just weeks before making that announcement, Rupert Murdoch - a long-time critic of the BBC and owner of News Corp, which includes pro-Tory newspapers The Sun and The Times of London as well as SKY TV - met senior members of the government twice.

Murdoch's UK newspapers have a long history of lending support to the Conservatives and, in recent months, have joined ranks in deriding Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

In the past week, Trevor Kavanagh, a former political editor at The Sun who had deplored the investigation of the newspaper's journalists over the phone-hacking scandal while he worked there, has been appointed to the board of a new press regulator - the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO).

Despite talk from a few years ago of the need for greater press regulation, the appointment of a Murdoch loyalist to IPSO has had critics talking of foxes in the hen house.

Talking us through the story areNatalie Fenton, a director for the campaign group Hacked Off; Tim Fenton, a blogger at Zelo Street; Matt Tee, CEO of IPSO; and Charlie Beckett, a professor at the London School of Economics.

Source: Al Jazeera