The drama that was acted out in a parliamentary committee room in Westminster attracted journalists from all over the world. But did media mogul Rupert Murdoch, for once himself at the centre of a major story, satisfy those looking for answers?
Chris Bryant who is a Labour MP said of Rupert Murdoch, “If he didn’t know, he’s incompetent; and if he did know, he’s a liar: so, either way, I don’t think this is a person you can really put investor trust in. And I really hope that investors are going to start saying ‘hang on, let’s break up this company’ “
Liberal Democrat Simon Hughes MP was more expansive in his comments:
“There is a big question mark as to whether News International would be fit and proper to take over to become the largest broadcast media operation in the country, and I think there is a lot of investigation still to do by the police: not just of the Murdoch empire, which may be declining in terms of its influence, but the other major media companies who also didn’t behave legally for several years, in terms of what they did.”
“What we saw in the hearing, was that the emperor was probably in his last days,” said Christopher Hird, author of two books on Murdoch.
According to euronews’ UK correspondent, Ali Sheikholeslami, “At the end of the parliamentary hearing it was quite clear that the fearsome image of the Murdoch empire may be gone forever. And news Corporation may be now a company in transition.”