U.K. Report Condemns News Corp.

The U.K. parliamentary committee probing illicit voicemail interception by News Corp.’s shuttered News of the World tabloid released a final report Tuesday concluding that News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is “not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company” and accusing several former company executives of misleading parliament.

The report says Mr. Murdoch and his son, News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch, presided over a culture of “willful blindness” at News Corp. It also singles out James Murdoch for displaying a “lack of curiosity,” even “willful ignorance,” when handling fallout from the phone-hacking scandal as the manager overseeing News Corp.’s British newspaper unit, News International, from late 2007 to 2012.

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