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We can emerge stronger - Murdoch

Rupert MurdochNews Corp has completed its internal review of practices at the Sun newspaper, Mr Murdoch says

Rupert Murdoch has sent an email to staff at his UK newspapers saying the business can grow "better and stronger" following the phone-hacking scandal.

A committee of MPs has accused some former News International executives of a cover-up, and branded the mogul unfit to be in charge of News Corporation.

Mr Murdoch said its findings were "hard to read" but he was proud News Corp had worked to put things right.

News Corp said some of the comments were "unjustified and highly partisan".

In his email, Mr Murdoch also revealed that its Management and Standards Committee (MSC) had found no evidence of illegal conduct at the Times and Sunday Times, apart from one previously-reported incident, for which an employee had been disciplined.

He also said it had completed its review of the Sun, but made no comment about the conclusions.

'Hijacked'

The MSC was set up after it was revealed reporters at the now defunct News of the World (NoW) had hacked into the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

On Monday, six members of the Commons media committee concluded that Mr Murdoch was "not a fit person" to run a major international business, but four others disagreed, the MPs split on party lines.

Conservative member Louise Mensch criticised Labour members for including the "not fit" line and said the report had lost credibility.

Louise MenschLabour "shot themselves in the foot" by making the report "partisan", Louise Mensch argues

"Labour has shot themselves in the foot by taking a report that could have been quite damaging to their target and making it partisan and essentially worthless," she told BBC Two's Newsnight.

She said that during all of their discussions about the report, the committee had never discussed "even for a minute" whether or not Mr Murdoch was a fit person to run the company.

"That was literally never discussed even one time in any discussion. But it was hijacked into the final report," she said.

But Labour's Tom Watson said Mr Murdoch was more to blame for the hacking scandal "than any individual alive" and the committee was right to censure him.

The report concluded that Mr Murdoch exhibited "wilful blindness" to what was going on at News Corp.

The committee also accused three former News International executives - one-time executive chairman Les Hinton, former NoW editor Colin Myler and former legal manager Tom Crone - of giving misleading evidence to Parliament.

BBC media correspondent Torin Douglas said MPs must now decide how to deal with them.

Meanwhile, regulator Ofcom is considering whether satellite broadcaster BSkyB is "fit and proper" to hold a broadcasting licence, given that News Corp holds a controlling stake.

Ofcom said it was "continuing to assess the evidence - including the new and emerging evidence" - that may assist it in ruling on that issue.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-17919134#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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