The BBC is to examine Rupert Murdoch’s influence over the British press in a major three-part documentary series.

The British public broadcaster has commissioned A Tabloid Empire (w/t) from Trump: An American Dream producer 72 Films.

The three-part series, which will air on BBC Two, will explore the extraordinary reach of the Murdoch empire across the British press. Covering the period from 1997 to 2012, the series examines how the press went from exerting astonishing influence over British politics and public to being mired in scandal from phone hacking to corruption, culminating in the revelations of the Leveson Enquiry.

The series will use archive and exclusive interviews with those at the center of the story, highlighting the colourful characters and unrivalled power of those at the top.

Executive produced by Cate Hall and David Glover, it was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two and Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual. The Commissioning Editor is Simon Young.

Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two, said, “With A Dangerous Dynasty: House of Assad, 72 Films made one of the most exceptional modern history series of recent years. This series promises to combine the same forensic eye for detail with the best documentary story-telling to explore the decade which changed our relationship with the press forever.”

Tom McDonald, Head of Commissioning, Natural History and Specialist Factual, added, “This new commission continues to signal our commitment to stories, forms and ideas which shine a light on the big issues in modern society through the prism of recent history. This series promises intricate storytelling, beautifully assembled archive and fascinating interviews from those who witnessed and lived through these events.”