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Dec 15, 2011
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Two more black marks for James Murdoch

By Chris Hughes
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Email at the weekends can be a bothersome distraction for busy executives trying to live a full life. For James Murdoch, a message sent to him by the editor of The News of the World tabloid one Saturday more than three years ago is proving very troublesome for his work-life balance.

Nov 10, 2011

James Murdoch weaker after UK phone-hack grilling

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By Chris Hughes

LONDON (Reuters Breakingviews) – James Murdoch got slapped around in his latest scrape in the UK phone-hacking scandal. A grilling by lawmakers failed to land a knock-out blow on the News Corp scion, who was inappropriately likened to a Mafia boss. But the hearings still left him weakened, and make it harder for him to be effective in his role as BSkyB chairman.

Oct 13, 2011

Breakingviews-Back to first principles for BSkyB chairman

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions
expressed are his own)

By Chris Hughes

LONDON, Oct 13 (Reuters Breakingviews) – The penny is
dropping for BSkyB (BSY.L: Quote, Profile, Research) shareholders. They’d be better off
with a chairman who is independent of News Corporation (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research),
the UK satellite broadcaster’s founding shareholder. That would
mean a demotion for current chairman and scion of the News Corp
empire, James Murdoch.

Sep 6, 2011
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James Murdoch stuck in limbo

By Chris Hughes
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The challenge to James Murdoch’s credibility remains serious.

Two former senior staff have repeated assertions that News Corporation’s European boss was made aware, in 2008, of evidence that phone hacking at his UK newspapers involved more than just a single rogue reporter. Murdoch has strongly rejected that claim. The truth of the matter remains unclear.

Aug 17, 2011
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James Murdoch’s perch gets shakier by the second

By Chris Hughes
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

The phone hacking scandal at News Corp burst back to life on Tuesday. New evidence emerged suggesting that top executives were warned four years ago the illegal interception of voicemail messages went beyond one rogue reporter. James Murdoch, who returned to the company to run European and Asian operations in December 2007 after the matter appeared to have been resolved, continues to protest ignorance. But the sheer scale of what he didn’t know raises fresh questions of how he handled the affair.

Jul 15, 2011
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Tip for the Murdochs: don’t be yourselves

By Chris Hughes

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

Don’t be yourselves. That’s probably the best tip for Rupert and James Murdoch as they prepare to face UK lawmakers over the phone hacking scandal engulfing the UK newspaper arm of News Corporation.

Jul 12, 2011
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James Murdoch should take a break from News Corp

By Chris Hughes
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

James Murdoch should stage his own tactical retreat and resign from News Corporation. The heir apparent to his father Rupert’s media empire has lost authority. That may not be entirely his fault. Underlings seem to have let him down, and his father has undermined him by backing Rebekah Brooks, the head of the group’s scandal-ridden UK newspapers, who reports to James. The best way for Murdoch jnr to regain control of his own destiny is to leave.

Jul 7, 2011
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News Corp non-execs need to step up

By Chris Hughes
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

To the independent directors of News Corporation,

Your company is in a grave crisis and you, its independent directors, have a pivotal role to play in taking control of the situation. I realise that your ability to act is ultimately constrained by the fact that the chairman and chief executive, Rupert Murdoch, owns the single largest block of voting shares. But you have a duty to act in the interests of all stock holders. And your own reputations are at stake.

Jul 6, 2011
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Murdoch’s UK crisis could bring big indirect costs

By Chris Hughes
The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

For News Corp shareholders, the penny has dropped. The phone hacking crisis engulfing the U.S. media group’s UK Sunday tabloid comes with a price. The stock opened down 3.2 percent on July 6, erasing $2.3 billion of market value.

Jul 5, 2011
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News Corp’s weak governance looks chronic

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

By Chris Hughes

The latest allegations in the phone hacking scandal at News Corporation’s tabloid have shocked the British public. But they should also alarm investors in News Corporation. The U.S. media group’s handling of this crisis has been inexcusably weak. If the allegations now being made are true, they strongly reinforce the impression of chronic weakness in the governance of Rupert Murdoch’s empire.

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      "Chris Hughes is EMEA Editor of Reuters Breakingviews. Chris started his career as a researcher in BBC Television’s documentaries department and then became a financial journalist. He was previously Investment Banking Correspondent and Senior Corporate Reporter at the Financial Times, Financial Editor of The Independent and a companies writer at the Investors Chronicle. Chris has also worked at communications consultancy Financial Dynamics (now FTI), as an Associate Partner."
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