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News Corp's weak governance looks chronic
July 5, 2011 / 9:10 AM / 6 years ago

News Corp's weak governance looks chronic

By Chris Hughes

LONDON, July 5 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Shocking developments in the phone-hacking scandal at the media group’s flagship UK tabloid underscore the inadequacy of internal probes into the affair. No heads have rolled. News’s rating should reflect the fact that it doesn’t know what went on, or hasn’t taken this seriously.

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CONTEXT NEWS

-- News International, the UK arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, is launching an investigation into allegations that a private investigator working for the News of the World hacked into the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002.

-- The company said the development was “of great concern”, adding that the group would co-operate fully with police on the matter.

-- The allegation, made by a lawyer for the girl’s family, was reported in the Guardian newspaper on July 4.

-- In April, News International admitted liability in multiple cases of phone hacking between 2004 and 2006 and created a compensation scheme for those affected.

-- “Past behaviour at the News of the World in relation to voicemail interception is a matter of genuine regret. It is now apparent that our previous inquiries failed to uncover important evidence and we acknowledge our actions then were not sufficiently robust,” it said at the time.

-- The UK government has said it is minded to clear News Corporation’s proposed bid for the 60 percent of satellite broadcaster BSkyB that it does not already own, after accepting revised remedies designed to ensure media plurality. A final consultation on the remedies closes this week. However, no deal has been agreed with BSkyB’s board.

-- Reuters story: News of the World hacked murdered girl’s phone-lawyer [ID:nL6E7I425S]

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

-- For previous columns by the author, Reuters customers can click on [HUGHES/]

(Editing by Hugo Dixon and David Evans)

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By Chris Hughes

LONDON, July 5 (Reuters Breakingviews) - Shocking developments in the phone-hacking scandal at the media group’s flagship UK tabloid underscore the inadequacy of internal probes into the affair. No heads have rolled. News’s rating should reflect the fact that it doesn’t know what went on, or hasn’t taken this seriously.

Full view will be published shortly.

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Get Breakingviews alerts directly to your inbox three times a day. To sign up click here: here

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CONTEXT NEWS

-- News International, the UK arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, is launching an investigation into allegations that a private investigator working for the News of the World hacked into the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002.

-- The company said the development was “of great concern”, adding that the group would co-operate fully with police on the matter.

-- The allegation, made by a lawyer for the girl’s family, was reported in the Guardian newspaper on July 4.

-- In April, News International admitted liability in multiple cases of phone hacking between 2004 and 2006 and created a compensation scheme for those affected.

-- “Past behaviour at the News of the World in relation to voicemail interception is a matter of genuine regret. It is now apparent that our previous inquiries failed to uncover important evidence and we acknowledge our actions then were not sufficiently robust,” it said at the time.

-- The UK government has said it is minded to clear News Corporation’s proposed bid for the 60 percent of satellite broadcaster BSkyB that it does not already own, after accepting revised remedies designed to ensure media plurality. A final consultation on the remedies closes this week. However, no deal has been agreed with BSkyB’s board.

-- Reuters story: News of the World hacked murdered girl’s phone-lawyer [ID:nL6E7I425S]

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own)

-- For previous columns by the author, Reuters customers can click on [HUGHES/]

(Editing by Hugo Dixon and David Evans)

chris.hughes@thomsonreuters.com Keywords: BREAKINGVIEWS NEWSCORP/

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