The media magnate Rupert Murdoch is unfit to run an international company according to a powerful committee of British MPs.
In its report into phone-hacking at Murdoch-owned newspapers in the UK the Culture, Media and Sport Committee said the 81-year-old had shown “wilful blindness” about the scale of the scandal.
The committee’s chairman, John Whittingdale MP, said: “Corporately, the News of the World and News International had misled the committee repeatedly about the true extent and nature of the investigations that they claim to have carried out in relation to phone-hacking.”
The phone-hacking affair is proving stubbornly embarrassing for the government.
Rupert Murdoch’s son James has revealed how the office of Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt had allegedly sought to help the parent company News Corp in an ultimately abortive attempt to take over the satellite broadcaster BSkyB.