UK Parliamentary Panel: Rupert Murdoch ‘Unfit’ to Lead News Corp

A UK Parliamentary committee investigating News Corp's phone hacking has concluded that Rupert Murdoch "is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company," the AP reports.

Rupert-MurdochParliament'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 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.

The BBC adds:

Its report has concluded that Mr Murdoch exhibited "wilful blindness" to what was going on in News Corporation.

But the committee was split six to four with Tory members refusing to endorse the report and branding it "partisan".

Conservative Louise Mensch called it "a real great shame" that the report's credibility had potentially been "damaged" as a result, with the report carried by Labour and Lib Dem members backing it.

News Corp said in a statement it was "carefully reviewing" the report and would "respond shortly", adding: "The company fully acknowledges significant wrongdoing at News of the World and apologises to everyone whose privacy was invaded."


  1. says

    What does this “report” amount to anyway? They say Murdoch is “unfit to lead,” but can they take his “leadership” away? Of course not. “Rueprt — you stink on ice!” scarcely takes guts of any kind. The real problem is the government and business and the way it usues the press for its nefarious ends.

  2. PaulR says

    Where was the BBC and the UK Labour Party when Tony Blair made himself godfather to Murdoch’s child? Murdoch is definitely a slimeball, but that’s not really news.

  3. scotsyank says

    Even if you despise Murdoch, as I do, this is pretty clearly the Labour revenge which Gordon ‘Smiler” Brown alluded to when News Corp switched it’s support to the Tories. Voting was essentially along party lines.
    And Paul R couldn’t be more correct. Blair and the rest of New Labour didn’t create this monster, but they certainly fed it and watched it grow. And Blair has only taken from 2007 until now to become the richest former Prime Minister in history, with years and years left to earn more. He barely bothers to hide his shame.

  4. ratbastard says

    Hardly matters to him; he shifted his power base to the U.S.A. many years ago. He could easily have straw men and women run his UK operations.

  5. Jim C says

    I wonder if this will have any effect with the FCC and Fox’s broadcast licenses. My understanding is that it might put those licenses in jeopardy.

  6. says

    Ofcom are currently reviewing whether or not NewsCorp is a “fit and proper” organisation to hold a broadcast license in the UK. Its hard to see how they can say ‘yes’ after this report. So NewsCorp could be forced to sell Sky. Sky is the revenue engine for NC operations in Europe – this is not a minor setback for Murdoch.

  7. says

    La question, it seems to me, is why someone who has been determined by a credible body to be unfit is still running a major media company. In, I suggest that we as a society project far too many positive attributes on people who are in power simply because they are in power. It is as if there were a prerogative for them to their offices even after they have been determined to be unfit.

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