News Corp: MPs' report "unjustified and highly partisan"

The media empire hits back at the select committee report.

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The News International building in Wapping. Photo: Getty Images

 

News Corp believes aspects of yesterday's phone-hacking report by the Commons culture committee were “unjustified and highly partisan”.
 
The company hit back following claims that News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch was “not fit” to run a major company.
 
The company said that “hard truths” had emerged from the report - acknowledging there was “serious wrongdoing” at the News of the World, that its response was “too slow and too defensive”, and that some of its employees had misled the committee.
 
But it added: “News Corporation regrets, however, that the select committee's analysis of the factual record was followed by some commentary that we, and indeed several members of the committee, consider unjustified and highly partisan. These remarks divided the members along party lines.”
 
It emerged yesterday that the most damning conclusion of the report – that Murdoch was unfit to run a major international company – was not backed by any of the four Conservative MPs on the committee.