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May Day For The Murdochs: UK MP Committee Says Rupert Unfit To Run NewsCorp, James Not Much Better

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 1, 2012

Could it be?  Could the biggest evil media empire in the world finally be toppled of its own foul weight?

It’s beginning to look like it:

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Parliament’s cross-party Culture, Media and Sport committee said News International, the British newspaper division of Murdoch’s News Corp., had deliberately ignored evidence of malpractice, covered up evidence and frustrated efforts to expose wrongdoing.

The 81-year-old media mogul has insisted he was unaware that hacking was widespread at his now-shuttered News of the World tabloid, blaming underlings for keeping him in the dark.

The legislators said if that was true, “he turned a blind eye and exhibited willful blindness to what was going on in his companies.”

“We conclude, therefore, that Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company,” the report by the panel of 11 lawmakers said.

The judgment on Murdoch implies that News Corp., which he heads, is also not a fit to control British Sky Broadcasting, in which News Corp. holds a controlling stake of 39 percent.

Somehow I don’t think the full takeover of BSkyB is gonna happen now.

One Response to “May Day For The Murdochs: UK MP Committee Says Rupert Unfit To Run NewsCorp, James Not Much Better”

  1. Charles II said

    Some additional details you might want to add:

    The finding against Rupert Murdoch was reached only by the Labour and Liberal Democratic members. The Conservatives have not signed on to that. They did, however, sign on to the rest of the report, so Les Hinton and Tom Crone, not to mention James Murdoch, could find themselves in legal hot water. They may escape jail by remaining abroad.

    Colin Myler in danger of being charged with contempt of Parliament

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