May 1st, 2012
11:00 AM ET

Rupert Murdoch not fit to run business, UK lawmakers rule

Global media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to run a major international company, British lawmakers investigating phone hacking at his tabloid News of the World reported Tuesday.

The ruling could prompt British regulators to force him to sell his controlling stake in British Sky Broadcasting, a significant part of his media empire.

The damning report accused Murdoch and his son James of showing "willful blindness" to phone hacking at News of the World, and said the newspaper "deliberately tried to thwart the police investigation" into the illegal activity.

The paper's publisher, News Corp. subsidiary News International, "wished to buy silence in this affair and pay to make the problem go away," the Parliament's Culture, Media and Sport Committee found.

soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Portland tony

    This is just a political statemnt. Shocking, simply shocking. Corruption among politicos ......shocking! All Brits loved Murdoch when he was on top!

    May 1, 2012 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  2. Chit

    Dude is what, 104? Hardly surprising! Bye bye, Murdy.

    May 1, 2012 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. mickey1313

    Great, now if an American grand jury would only do the same

    May 1, 2012 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Gabe

    When hipsters attack.

    May 1, 2012 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. saywhat

    How can that be?.This man is a powerful billionaire with admirers at powerful places here in the US.That is sufficient qualification.

    May 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy ©

      Tongue-in-cheek syndrome again, eh, saywhat? lol....

      May 1, 2012 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MĂĄd

    Come on people. Rupert is a human being who deserves compassion and forgiveness.

    Lol, just kidding. Poopert is a filthy swine who knew exactly what he was doing when he authorized his filthy lieutenants to run these operations. Throw the bloody lot of them to the sharks.

    Blood for the blood god!

    May 1, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Scottish Mama

    I hope they follow thru with the US indictments. If it was done in UK you know he was doing it here. I just wonder if he was compromizing some US democratic secrets to the republicans whom he seems to support. I wonder if Hannity and O'Reilly will have to get a manufacturing job. No wonder FOX got the scoops first. I guess the patriot act helped them out.

    May 1, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
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