Murdoch Company E-Mail Hacking Also Being Investigated

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MUNICH, GERMANY - JANUARY 25:  James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch and Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, Europe and Asia, looks on during the Digital Life Design (DLD) conference at HVB Forum on January 25, 2011 in Munich, Germany. DLD brings together global leaders and creators from the digital world.  (Photo by Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)
Photo: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images

Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. owns 39 percent of BSkyB — more than enough to link him to yet another hacking investigation. This one, distinct from the phone-hacking and bribery scandals at British newspaper arm News International, concerns e-mails accessed surreptitiously by Sky News, which will now be probed by the regulator Ofcom. The channel previously deemed its hacking "justified," citing the larger public good. Separately, Sky News boss John Ryley is scheduled to appear before the Leveson Inquiry on media ethics today, with Rupert and James Murdoch, formerly BSkyB's chairman, to follow later this week. As for the e-mail hacking investigation, one media consultant predicted, "It will result in a slap on the wrists for John Ryley. We're not expecting anything serious."