Rupert Murdoch ‘Not a Fit Person’ to Run a Major Company, British Panel Decides

May 1, 2012  •  Post A Comment

Rupert Murdoch is "not a fit person" to run a large international company, according to a report from a British parliamentary panel, the U.K.’s Guardian reports.

The report, which is critical of the roles of Murdoch and his son James in News Corp.’s phone-hacking scandal, said Rupert Murdoch "did not take steps to become fully informed about phone hacking" and "turned a blind eye and exhibited willful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications," according to the story.

James Murdoch showed "willful ignorance" of the extent of the use of phone hacking from 2009 to 2010, according to the report by a committee of members of Parliament. The committee also described James Murdoch as having a "lack of curiosity" when the company made a phone-hacking settlement in 2008 and into 2009 and 2010, the piece adds.

"[A]s the head of a journalistic enterprise, we are astonished that James Murdoch did not seek more information or ask to see the evidence," the report is quoted as saying.

News Corp. said in a statement that it is "carefully reviewing the select committee’s report and will respond shortly. The company fully acknowledges significant wrongdoing at News of the World and apologises to everyone whose privacy was invaded," the piece notes.

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