Watson Defends Hacking Report

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Opposition Labour member of parliament Tom Watson (center) speaks during the launch of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee report entitled "News International and Phone-Hacking" at a press conference in London

British M.P. Tom Watson, the man who has led the investigation into hacking allegations at News Corp., fired back Wednesday at critics of the findings that Murdoch is not “fit and proper” to run the media conglomerate. While some Conservative members of the committee have claimed Watson “hijacked” the report and made it “partisan,” Watson dismissed the criticism, saying “that’s exactly what they said when we did the report in 2009. So it’s no surprise that they’ve repeated the line this time around.” Meanwhile, satellite broadcaster BSkyB scrambled to prove to British regulators that it is “fit and proper” following Murdoch’s censure, and a U.S. watchdog group called for a review of Murdoch’s immensely profitable Fox News.