The Madeleine Brand Show for May 1, 2012

Panel investigating phone hacking scandal finds Murdoch unfit

Members of the House of Commons Culture,

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Members of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee launch their report entitled 'News International and Phone-Hacking' at a press conference in London on May 1, 2012. The British parliamentary report said that News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch had showed 'wilful blindness' over phone hacking at his News of the World tabloid and was not fit to run a major company. The report also singled out former News International executive chairman Les Hinton, former legal manager Tom Crone and the News of the World's final editor Colin Myler as having all misled the committee.

After months of investigation, a British parliamentary panel concluded Chairman Rupert Murdoch was "not a fit person" to run a major international company, and exhibited "willful blindness" toward what was going on in his company, News International, the British arm of News Corp.

In a report on the malpractice at Murdoch's now-shuttered News of The World tabloid, legislators accused Murdoch and his son James of overseeing a corporate culture that sought "to cover up, rather than seek out, wrongdoing.''

Guest:

David Folkenflik is NPR's media correspondent.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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