Trollope’s portrayal of the press was never very flattering, whether it be Quintus Slide of The People’s Banner or The (Daily) Jupiter (from which we take our name), which featured the articles by John Bold that criticised the financial arrangements of Hiram’s Hospital in The Warden. The Jupiter was taken to be a thinly disguised fictional counterpart to The Times that now is a cornerstone of the Murdoch Empire.
Trollope might therefore have been amused to find that the founder and owner of that media empire is the subject of a play to be performed next year in London. Written by Australian David Williamson, the play, Rupert, has already been staged in Melbourne and Washington DC.
We shall await the production with interest.