British MPs: Rupert Murdoch "Not Fit" To Lead Major Company

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A committee of British parlimentarians released a damning report about NewsCorp today, and spared no kindness for its leadership. Via the Guardian:

 

Labour MPs and the sole Liberal Democrat on the committee, Adrian Sanders, voted together in a bloc of six against the five Conservatives to insert the criticisms of Rupert Murdoch and toughen up the remarks about his son James. But the MPs were united in their criticism of other former News International employees.

 

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Rupert Murdoch, the document said, "did not take steps to become fully informed about phone hacking" and "turned a blind eye and exhibited wilful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications".

The committee concluded that the culture of the company's newspapers"permeated from the top" and "speaks volumes about the lack of effective corporate governance at News Corporation and News International".

That prompted the MPs' report to say: "We conclude, therefore, that Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of major international company."

The report was also particularly damning of Murdoch scion James' (apparent lack of) leadership during the hacking scandals at News of the World and could prove troublesome for the journalists named therein who are trying to reestablish careers in the industry.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at May 1, 2012, 6:11am

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