24/11/2011

'Questions Remain' Despite Murdoch Jnr Resignation

Labour's Media Secretary has said that James Murdoch still had questions to answer despite stepping down from the board of News Group Newspapers.

News International, a News Corp. subsidiary, said in a statement on Wednesday that James - son of media mogul Rupert Murdoch - resigned in September from the boards of News Group Newspapers, which publishes The Sun, and Times Newspapers Ltd, which publishes The Times of London.

He remains as chairman of News International and as a director of Times Newspapers' holding company. He is also deputy chief operating officer of News Corp., which his father heads.

Meanwhile, pressure continues to mount on James before next week's annual meeting of BSkyB, were a vote will be taken on his continued chairmanship.

Labour MP Chris Bryant has written to 40 major shareholders urging them to vote against his re-election.

Now Harriet Harman, Labour’s Shadow Media Secretary, has also spoken out, saying questions remained about James' knowledge of the phone hacking undertaken at the newspapers he was in charge of, and allegations he had misled a committee investigating his involvement.

“James Murdoch should make clear why he has stepped down in this way," Ms Harman said on Thursday. "This does not lessen in any way the need for him to answer questions or take responsibility for what happened on his watch. Furthermore, the concerns about whether he is a fit and proper person to run BSkyB remain.”

(DW)

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