James Murdochs role in media empire means takeover should be halted, say Ed Miliband and Vince Cable
Allegations were heard in the high court against News International in which the role of Murdochs son in the alleged deletion of incriminating emails was raised in evidence, the two men say. Miliband and Cable also point out that a 2012 Ofcom report was withering about the conduct of James Murdoch when it examined the last attempted take over of Sky, and they urge the culture secretary, Karen Bradley, to immediately refer the issue to the watchdog again.
James, the younger son of Rupert Murdoch, stood down as chairman of BSkyB in 2012 as Ofcom escalated its investigation into whether he was a fit and proper person to be in charge in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. In a joint article published in the Observer, the former Labour leader and the former Liberal Democrat business secretary write: The question as to whether 100% ownership is right now when it was not four years ago can be answered emphatically: no.
James Murdoch, despite what the 2012 report said, is now back as chairman of Sky and is chief executive of 21st Century Fox as it seeks to take over Sky. There are crucial unanswered issues around the culture and competence of what wenton at Murdoch-owned newspapers which have not been satisfactorily resolved or answered.