James Murdoch: Loved by BSkyB, Questioned by Parliament
10:11 am, July 29th | by Amy Tennery
BSkyB’s CFO announced that the board voted unanimously to keep him on as Chairman — and as for broadcasting regulator Ofcom’s question over whether BSkyB is “fit and proper” with him at the helm? Well, CEO Jeremy Darroch called the notion “laughable.” Point 1 for Murdoch.
Of course, it’s not all clear skies.
The Culture, Media and Sport Committee (you know, that one) announced this morning that they’re going to write Murdoch, asking for clarification to some of his Parliament testimony. Committee Chairman John Whittingdale said in a Reuters report that the committee will “ask for further details on areas where evidence is disputed.”
Well that’s… less threatening than one might have expected. Apparently some of the committee members had wanted to bring him in for more questioning. But, apparently, that whole outrageous-accusations-from-his-former-lawyer-thing didn’t warrant a follow up meeting. Unlike most job interviews, minor surgeries and consultations with interior decorators do.
As Mogulite argued before, the BSkyB chairmanship was a pretty big deal for Murdoch, as far as News Corp’s credibility goes. We’d imagine this will be one of the better weekends he’s had in a while.