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James Murdoch remains Sky chairman

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 01:46

July 28 - Reuters sources say James Murdoch has survived a board meeting of BSkyB even as questions multiply from other quarters over whether his role in a phone-hacking scandal leave him a fit chairman of the satellite broadcaster. Andrew Potter reports.

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Since the phone hacking scandal erupted in the UK there have been questions over whether James Murdoch is fit to be chairman of satellite broadcaster BSkyB. Murdoch is also deputy chief operating officer of News Corp, which owned the now-closed News of the World tabloid at the centre of the controversy. Some BSkyB shareholders have demanded he step down to avoid a conflict of interest. On Thursday the pay TV company's board met for the first time since the crisis broke. But sources have told Reuters the meeting unanimously backed Murdoch to continue in the role. The outrage over phone hacking led News Corp to drop a $12 billion plan to take full control of BSkyB. The News of the World scandal continues to generate headlines with reports the mother of another murdered girl had her phone hacked. British Prime Minister David Cameron has ordered a public inquiry into the phone hacking scandal, which will investigate the media's relationship with public, police and politicians. The judge leading that inquiry has appealed for openness, and says he can order witnesses to appear if need be. Lord Justice Brian Leveson. (SOUNDBITE) Lord Justice Brian Leveson, Judge in charge of public inquiry into phone hacking, saying (English): "It may be tempting for a number of people to close ranks and suggest the problem is or was local to a small group of journalists, then operating the News of the World. But I would encourage all to take a wider picture of the public good and help me grapple with the length, width and depth of the problem as it exists." The inquiry is due to start in September, and is due to make its first report within 12 months, but Leveson says it could take twice that long. Andrew Potter, Reuters

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James Murdoch remains Sky chairman

Friday, July 29, 2011 - 01:46