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U.K. REGULATOR SLAPS MURDOCH’S WRISTS

September 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

OFCOM, Britain’s TV regulator, will not yank News Corp’s license to operate BSkyB, the British satellite TV service. In a ruling issued today (Thursday), OFCOM said that while some of former News International Chairman James Murdoch’s actions were “ill-judged,” there was no evidence to date that he had “deliberately engaged in any wrongdoing.” The regulator was referring to the telephone-hacking scandal that continues to entangle the operations of News International, the News Corp subsidiary that operated the now defunct Sunday tabloid News of the World and continues to operate The Sun. Dozens of reporters and executives working for those papers have been arrested on charges of telephone and computer hacking, bribery of police officials, and attempting to cover up illicit activities. Two other NI newspapers, the Times and the Sunday Times have escaped criminal prosecution. In a statement, OFCOM did take James Murdoch to task for his failure to root out wrongdoers at the company. “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,” it said. It further observed that the investigation involving the News International papers is continuing and concluded that it might reverse its decision “should further relevant evidence become available in the future.”