Sky ruled fit for broadcast licence
Sep 20 2012
Sky is "fit and proper" to hold a broadcasting licence but its former chairman James Murdoch was spared no criticism after the media regulator slammed his handling of the phone hacking scandal.
While Ofcom said there was no evidence that Mr Murdoch knew of wrongdoing at the News of the World or that he was complicit in a cover-up, it hit out at his failure to uncover the problems earlier.
It said: "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."
Media regulator Ofcom carried out a review of Sky after James Murdoch and News Corporation, which owns 39% of its shares, were engulfed in the phone hacking scandal which led to the closure of News Corp's News of the World. Ofcom found no evidence that Sky was directly or indirectly involved in any of the wrongdoing either admitted or alleged.
Mr Murdoch - son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch, who controls News Corp - has since resigned as chairman at Sky in a bid to distance the broadcaster from the scandal, claiming he had become a "lightning rod" for bad publicity. He remains a non-executive director of BSkyB and an executive director at News Corp.
Mr Murdoch apologised for his conduct in a letter to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee in March, when he said he should have "asked more questions, requested more documents and taken a more challenging and sceptical view of what I was told".
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