Rupert Murdoch was in Glasgow yesterday, visiting the Scottish HQ of his Sun, Sun on Sunday, Times and Sunday Times newspapers …to be greeted by the mother of former MSP, Tommy Sheridan, who heckled him as he was entering the building.
Tommy Sheridan was released from prison last month after serving a year for perjury during a successful defamation case six years ago against The Sun's then Sunday sister newspaper, the News of the World.
Brandishing a copy of the Daily Record, which last week reported claims her phone had been hacked into while she was battling cancer, Alice Sheridan is quoted in the Record, asking “Why did you target a pensioner?” On the STV website, which carries a video of the encounter, she is quoted, as saying: “Why did you authorise the tapping of my phone?”
Of today's press coverage, The Herald uses, it in its (front page) headline, Mrs Sheridan's repeated branding of Murdoch as 'scum'.
It was, however, all smiles inside the building, as illustrated by pics on page two of The Scottish Sun, including Murdoch with editor, Andrew Harries. At the weekend, The Sun launched a Sunday sister, The Sun on Sunday, and The Scottish Sun today begins: “Rupert Murdoch visited The Scottish Sun yesterday to congratulate staff on the sensational launch of our Sunday edition.
“The media mogul toured our HQ in Glasgow just 48 hours after your favourite paper overtook its closest rival with its FIRST edition.”
And a further lighter touch is provided by a tale on page five of the paper, that Tommy Sheridan is understood to have turned down a part in a 'saucy' panto: Sinderella.
In July, the News of the World was closed amid allegations of phone-hacking.