A look at Rupert Murdoch and 4 associates

Associated Press Modified: May 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm •  Published: May 1, 2012
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A look at the five people tied to Rupert Murdoch's global News Corp. media empire who were criticized Tuesday by U.K. lawmakers in a report on the British phone hacking scandal:

RUPERT MURDOCH

The 81-year-old billionaire is chief executive of News Corp., a global media company that controls properties from Britain's Sun newspaper to America's Fox News Channel.

Murdoch began building his power in Britain in the 1980s by adding The Times and The Sunday Times to his stable of media properties, including The Sun and the News of the World, the tabloid at the center of the illegal phone hacking scandal. Murdoch shuttered the News of the World in July.

Murdoch, a naturalized U.S. citizen with extensive media properties in Australia as well, has contributed politically to both U.S. Republicans and Democrats but is associated with a conservative political slant. In the U.S., he controls the New York Post and Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, along with book publishing and movie companies.

U.K. lawmakers on Tuesday said he was unfit to lead a global media empire because he has turned a blind eye to phone hacking.

JAMES MURDOCH

The fourth of Rupert Murdoch's six children, the 39-year-old James was once considered heir-apparent to his father's media empire before the phone-hacking scandal tainted his reputation.

A Harvard dropout who briefly ran a record label, James joined News Corp. in 1996 as executive vice president responsible for some digital media ventures. He has led News Corp.'s Asian television group and also served as CEO of British Sky Broadcasting, in which News Corp. holds a 39 percent stake, from 2003 to 2007.

He led News Corp.'s U.K. newspapers subsidiary, News International, the unit at the center of the hacking scandal until he resigned earlier this year. In April, he also stepped down as the chairman of BSkyB. He is currently News Corp.'s deputy chief operating officer.

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