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Ofcom critical of ex-BSkyB chairman James Murdoch

Ofcom has ruled that the conduct of BSkyB's former chairman James Murdoch as chief executive of News International repeatedly fell short of the standards expected.

We consider James Murdoch’s conduct, including his failure to initiate action on his own account on a number of occasions, to be both difficult to comprehend and ill-judged.

– Ofcom

The TV regulator has, however, concluded Sky was fit and proper to hold its broadcasting licence.

Crone accuses Murdoch of a 'shameful lie'

Former News International legal manager Tom Crone has denied he was involved in a cover-up over hacking at the News of the World.

Tom Crone
Tom Crione also appeared at the Leveson inquiry Credit: Reuters

Rupert Murdoch has today told the Leveson inquiry he and senior executives were not informed, misinformed and "shielded" from what was going on as part of a cover-up.

Mr Crone says: "His (Murdoch's) assertion I 'took charge of a cover-up' in relation to phone-hacking is a shameful lie. The same applies to his assertions that I misinformed senior executives about what was going on and that I forbade people from reporting to Rebekah Brooks or to James Murdoch.

"It is perhaps no coincidence that the two people he has identified in relation to his cover-up allegations are the same two people who pointed out that his son's evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee last year was inaccurate.

"The fact that Mr Murdoch's attack on Colin Myler and myself may have been personal as well as being wholly wrong greatly demeans him."

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Regulator escalates probe into BSkyB

Ofcom has escalated its investigation into whether BSkyB remains a "fit and proper" owner of a broadcasting licence.

The media regulator has asked Rupert Murdoch's company News Group Newspapers - publisher of The Sun and the now-defunct News of the World (NotW) - to provide it with a series of documents relating to the civil litigation that the media company is involved in.

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Murdoch: Hacking 'a blot on my reputation'

"It's going to be a blot on my reputation for the rest of my life," says Rupert Murdoch, referring to the interception of communications by staff at News of the World.

"It was was against the law, quite apart from the ethical side - it was totally wrong.

"We have examined 300,000,000 emails, of which 2,000,000 were chosen for closer examination.

"It led to the arrest and terrible distress of a number of families who have been with me for many years."

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