Corporately, the News of the World and News International misled the Committee about the true nature and extent of the internal investigations they professed to have carried out in relation to phone hacking... Their instinct throughout, until it was too late, was to cover up rather than seek out wrongdoing.
News International and it’s parent company News Corporation exhibited wilful blindness, for which the companies directors – including Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch – should ultimately be prepared to take responsibility.
Les Hinton (former Executive Chairman of News International) misled the Committee in 2009 in not telling the truth about payments to Clive Goodman (former News of the World Royal Reporter) and his role in authorising them. He also misled the Committee about the extent of his knowledge of other allegations that phone hacking extended beyond Clive Goodman and Glen Mulcaire to others at the News of the World.
Tom Crone (former News of the World lawyer) and Colin Myler (former News of the World Editor) misled the Committee by answering questions falsely about their knowledge of evidence that other News of the World employees had been involved in phone-hacking and other wrongdoing.
We are astonished that James Murdoch did not seek more information or ask to see the evidence and counsel’s opinion... If he did, indeed, not ask to see either document... this clearly raises questions of competence on the part of News International’s then Chairman and Chief Executive.
The whole affair demonstrates huge failings of corporate governance at the company and its parent, News Corporation.
Neither former Acting Deputy Commissioner John Yates nor the Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer were personally involved in the key events that occurred in 2006-07... however, they both bear culpability for failing to ensure that the evidence held by the Metropolitan Police was properly investigated in the years afterwards.
On the basis of the facts and evidence before the Committee, we conclude that, if at all relevant times Rupert Murdoch did not take steps to become fully informed about phone-hacking, he turned a blind eye and exhibited wilful blindness to what was going on in his companies and publications.’
Rupert Murdoch is not a fit person to exercise stewardship of a major international company’.