When now nonexistent News of the World tabloid once owned by Murdoch acknowledged its journalists in order to get ‘fruity’ stories were hacking thousands of private phones, judge Brian Leveson received an order from Prime Minister David Cameron to sit over this case.
Earlier BSkyB, one of the world’s famous British satellite broadcaster led by Murdoch, managed to avoid taking on responsibility for invasion of privacy. But after the claim it really was hacking phones resulted in a story on insurance fraud in 2008, the company is laying down at stake its own reputation.
John Ryley, the Sky News Head, don’t think that the channel’s actions were illegal. He said that the channel was acting in the public interest. Judge Leveson, in his turn, isn’t in Ryley’s agreement. According to Leveson Sky News was not only intruding peoples’ personal lives but it is quite obvious that it was violating the Ofcom broadcasting code.
Ofcom, the independent regulator for the UK communications industries, announced on Monday it had started its own investigation. Sky said that owing to their actions the police managed to avert an insurance fraud.
An Ofcom representative said that the regulator has a good mind to find out whether Sky News’ actions contravened the law. He also added that the results of their investigation will be officially published.
The legal proceedings were taken because of the story Sky News published in 2008. It was the unusual story narrating about so-called ‘canoe man’ who in order to get an insurance decided to set up his own death. Owing to Sky News who in time notified the police about the forthcoming fraud, the police managed to prevent it.
Ofcom is now scrutinizing BSkyB. Their aim is to determine whether its owners, in the light of recent developments, have the right to own a broadcast license.
Sky News is the only match to the state-funded BBC in British day-and-night television news. It’s is considered to be the leader in breaking stories.
Earlier Ryley said that nobody from Sky News team took part in interception of communications, but during the Leveson inquiry he admitted it. He also noted that Sky News doesn’t have any bearing on News Corp.
The investigation showed that telephones of politicians, celebrities and crime victims were also hacked. Moreover, the data Murdoch journalists received while hacking, has been shown live on the internet.
The investigation now is trying to determine the role of Britain’s press, politicians and James Murdoch in this case. Murdoch, by the way, has lost its position as BSkyB chairman though he still remains on board.
The next hearing will be on Tuesday. Murdoch’s father Rupert will show up on Wednesday and Thursday.