Murdoch gets News Corp vote of confidence but US Senate asks for hacking details

Joseph O'Halloran ©RapidTVNews | 03-05-2012

Despite being branded as unfit for stewardship of a major international organisation by UK MPs, Rupert Murdoch has been given a vote of confidence by the Board of Directors of News Corp.

Yet before the media mogul can feel that News Corp, if not his reputation, has emerged unscathed from the verdict of the long-running House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee investigation into News International and phone hacking, news has emerged that US politicians are now looking into whether Murdoch has breached laws in the court in which News Corp is based.

Following the damning judgement by UK MPs, the New Corp board hit back in support of the company CEO, affirming its “full confidence” in Rupert Murdoch's fitness and its support for his continuing to lead News Corporation into the future as its chairman and CEO. It said: “The board based its vote of confidence on Rupert Murdoch's vision and leadership in building News Corporation, his ongoing performance as chairman and CEO, and his demonstrated resolve to address the mistakes of the company identified in the Select Committee's report.”

Yet this may not be the end of the affair as far as political investigation is concerned. Following the UK judgement, Senator Jay Rockefeller, chairman of the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, has sent a letter to Lord Leveson, currently leading an official inquiry into press standards in the UK, asking whether his investigation had uncovered any new information suggesting that the conduct of News Corp subsidiary News International has involved US citizens or violated US laws. Rockefeller has jurisdiction over media and communications issues in the US and has already raised questions about the extent of News Corp’s phone hacking.