Sky cleared to continue broadcasting

An Ofcom report has cleared Sky to continue broadcasting, despite its links to the phone-hacking scandal at other brands controlled by News Corporation.

Allegations over such activity at the Sun and the now-defunct News of the World have not caused the broadcaster to lose its licence, as the regulator deemed that Sky was not involved in any “wrong-doing”, reported

The report said: “In the circumstances, and notwithstanding our views in relation to James Murdoch’s conduct, we do not consider, having taken into account all the relevant factors that James Murdoch’s retention as a non-executive director of Sky means that Sky is no longer fit and proper to hold a broadcasting licence.”

It will come as a relief for people in broadcast jobs at Sky that the investigation, launched last summer, cleared the company, but News Corporation deputy chief and former Sky chairman Murdoch came in for significant criticism in the document.

According to, the decision by Murdoch to resign as chairman of the organisation was partly motivated by the desire to distance the broadcaster from the phone-hacking scandal.

Ofcom went as far as questioning Murdoch’s competence in his role at the helm of Sky and said his behaviour was “difficult to comprehend and ill-judged” in certain situations. Sky responded to the report by restating its commitment to being a valuable broadcaster.

by Paul Smithson on September 20, 2012

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