A Global Murdoch Media Empire In Meltdown?
The phone hacking and corruption scandal surrounding the Rupert Murdoch owned News International shows no sign of stopping, even after closing the ‘toxic’ News Of The World Sunday paper in the UK.
With every hour that passes a new revelation, a new expose or a new development seems to rise to attack the global media giant, calling into question Murdoch’s suitability as a media owner, not just in the UK but elsewhere.
In an incredibly unusual move the UK’s Government had invited James and Rupert Murdoch along with Rebekah Brooks to appear before a House Of Commons committee. The News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has agreed to attend the committee hearing, although warned in her letter accepting the invitation she might not be able to say very much. The Murdoch father and son refused to come, Rupert Murdoch declined to come period whilst son James said he was unavailable that day, but offered a date in August.
The refusal has been taken by much of the UK media that the Murdochs do have much greater skeletons in the closet they wish to hide. It’s very unusual circumstance for anyone to refuse to appear before a House Of Commons select committee, which therefore forced the Commons committee to issue a summons for them to appear and answer questions regarding the phone hacking and corrupt practices taking place at their News International newspaper operation in the UK .
Rupert Murdoch’s letter stated he would be willing to appear before a public inquiry lead by a judge. However the future is not very clear, is hard to know what is about to happen next as we are entering into uncharted waters. The leader of the House of Commons, Sir George Young, has told the media he is seeking legal advice on what happens next of the Murdochs fail to attend, even after the summons has been served. Historically such an act would be seen as contempt of the House Of Commons a charge that could carry fines and imprisonment, but it should be noted that neither of these have been used on modern times.Continued on the next page