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Apr 3, 2012

BSkyB Chairman James Murdoch quits

LONDON, April 3 (Reuters) – James Murdoch resigned as
chairman of BSkyB on Tuesday to prevent his links to a
phone-hacking scandal that has convulsed his father Rupert’s
media empire undermining the pay TV group, whose broadcast
licence is under scrutiny in Britain.

“I am aware that my role as Chairman could become a
lightning rod for BSkyB and I believe that my resignation will
help to ensure that there is no false conflation with events at
a separate organisation,” Murdoch said.

Apr 3, 2012

BSkyB Chairman James Murdoch to quit-Sky

LONDON, April 3 (Reuters) – James Murdoch, under fire over
his handling of a phone hacking scandal that has convulsed his
father Rupert’s media empire, is to step down as chairman of
pay-TV group BSkyB, its news channel reported on
Tuesday.

The report said Murdoch would quit after a board meeting
later in the day. Neither BSkyB nor News Corp, where
Murdoch is deputy chief operating officer, would comment.

Mar 30, 2012

Rupert Murdoch’s media empire strikes back

LONDON (Reuters) – Rupert Murdoch on Thursday declared war against “enemies” who have accused his pay-TV operation of sabotaging its rivals, denouncing them as “toffs and right wingers” stuck in the last century.

Reports by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Financial Review newspaper this week said that News Corp’s pay-TV smartcard security unit, NDS, had promoted piracy attacks on rivals, including in the United States.

Mar 29, 2012

Murdoch’s media empire strikes back

LONDON, March 29 (Reuters) – An angry Rupert Murdoch on
Thursday declared war against “enemies” who have accused his
pay-TV operation of sabotaging its rivals, denouncing them as
“toffs and right wingers” stuck in the last century.

Separate reports by the British Broadcasting Corporation and
the Australian Financial Review newspaper this week said that
News Corp’s pay-TV smartcard security unit, NDS, had promoted
piracy attacks on rivals, including in the United States.

Mar 29, 2012

Murdoch fights back against “lies and libels”

LONDON (Reuters) – An angry Rupert Murdoch on Thursday declared war against “enemies” who have accused his pay-TV operation of sabotaging its rivals, denouncing them as “toffs and right wingers” stuck in the last century.

Separate reports by the British Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Financial Review newspaper this week said that News Corp’s pay-TV smartcard security unit, NDS, had promoted piracy attacks on rivals, including in the United States.

Mar 28, 2012

TV piracy claims heap more pressure on Murdoch empire

LONDON/MELBOURNE, March 28 (Reuters) – Pressure is building
in Britain and Australia for fresh probes into Rupert Murdoch’s
News Corp, already under siege over phone-hacking
claims, after allegations that it ran a secret unit that
promoted pirating of pay-TV rivals.

The Australian Financial Review on Wednesday alleged that
News Corp had used a special unit, Operational Security, set up
in the mid-1990s, to sabotage its competitors, reinforcing
claims in a BBC Panorama documentary aired earlier this week.

Mar 27, 2012

TV hacking claims pile pressure on James Murdoch

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – A British lawmaker is to demand
that the UK television watchdog probe new hacking claims against
News Corp, piling more pressure on BSkyB
Chairman James Murdoch, whose fitness to own a broadcast licence
is already under scrutiny.

A BBC Panorama documentary broadcast on Monday alleged NDS,
a pay-TV smartcard maker recently sold by News Corp for $5
billion, hired a consultant to post the encryption codes of ITV
Digital, a key rival of the then Sky TV, on his website.

Mar 27, 2012

MP urges News Corp TV hacking claims probe

LONDON (Reuters) – An MP is to demand that the TV watchdog probes new hacking claims against News Corp, piling more pressure on BSkyB chairman James Murdoch whose fitness to own a broadcast licence is already under scrutiny.

A BBC documentary broadcast late on Monday alleged that NDS, a pay-TV smartcard maker recently sold by News Corp, hired a consultant to post the encryption codes of ITV Digital, a key rival of BSkyB, on his website.

Mar 27, 2012

UK lawmaker urges News Corp TV hacking claims probe

LONDON, March 27 (Reuters) – A British lawmaker is to demand
that the TV watchdog probes new hacking claims against News Corp
, piling more pressure on BSkyB chairman James
Murdoch whose fitness to own a broadcast licence is already
under scrutiny.

A BBC documentary broadcast late on Monday alleged that NDS,
a pay-TV smartcard maker recently sold by News Corp, hired a
consultant to post the encryption codes of ITV Digital, a key
rival of BSkyB, on his website.

Mar 23, 2012

Web address controversy deepens after U.S. warning

LONDON, March 23 (Reuters) – A controversial attempt to
expand Internet addresses far beyond the likes of .com, .org or
.net has provoked a rare threat from the U.S. government to
withdraw a key licence from the body that runs the Internet’s
core functions.

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) depends on its U.S. government contract to coordinate
the unique addresses that tell computers where to find each
other, without which the global Internet could not function.

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      "Currently based in London, with particular responsibility for professional publishers and the European activities of global technology, media and telecoms firms. Previously European technology correspondent based in Frankfurt. Began career in local radio in Glasgow and then worked in TV news for many years for Reuters, the BBC and Sky News in London and Moscow."
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