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News Corporation’s board of directors have unanimously endorsed embattled CEO Rupert Murdoch. The board declared that it had “full confidence” in Mr Murdoch, and that it supported him “to continue to lead News Corporation into the future as its chairman and CEO.
Alex Salmond has defended himself against accusations he is "the last person left defending Rupert Murdoch", and insisted a Scottish inquiry into phone hacking was unnecessary.
The First Minister told MSPs at Holyrood he condemned phone hacking "regardless of who the victim is and who the perpetrators are. That has been my consistent position".
Nick Clegg has told the Guardian the report from the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on phone hacking raises serious questions about Rupert Murdoch's fitness to run News International.
Speaking on a visit to Fife, the Deputy Prime Minister said the report "means there are very serious question marks about the basic accountability and corporate governance of an organisation at which, as we now know, whilst it was denied for a long period of time, journalists were abusing the privacy of ordinary people and flouting the law in huge and sustained way."
The Prime Minister told the Evening Standard that the report showed the relationship between press and politicians "got too close", adding that "lessons can be learned".
Labour leader Ed Miliband urged Ofcom to speed up its investigation into Mr Murdoch.
"What needs to happen now is that Ofcom, the regulator, needs to add urgency to its investigation into this question of the so-called fit and proper person test about whether Rupert Murdoch should be able to hold the licence that he does."
Ofcom have insisted they will not be 'rushed into a knee jerk reaction' on the Murdochs' suitability to hold a broadcasting licence.
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