2 May 2012

Murdoch unfit to run company - British MPs

6:08 am on 2 May 2012

An investigation by a British parliamentary committee has concluded media tycoon Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to run an international company.

The culture committee has issued its report into the phone-hacking scandal at the now defunct News of the World newspaper.

It has concluded that News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch exhibited "wilful blindness" when it came to the journalistic methods used at the News of the World.

MPs also believed that News Corp misled Parliament on various occasions, the BBC reports.

The committee was split six to four, with Labour and Liberal Democrat members backing the report. Conservative MPs refused to endorse the conclusions and branded the report partisan.

The committee itself does not have the power to impose sanctions, but it raised the possibility of a vote in the House of Commons about whether witnesses had been in contempt of Parliament.

British media regulator Ofcom is studying the report as it investigates whether News Corporation is a suitable company to hold its existing 39% stake in satellite broadcaster BSkyB.

Mr Murdoch's son James recently stepped down as chairman of BSkyB in response to the scrutiny the broadcaster is facing as a result of the hacking scandal.