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New Murdoch Hacking Scandal Fuels Opposition to Sky Takeover

  • Admission comes after six years of inquiries and litigation
  • Sky shareholder to vote against James Murdoch as chairman
Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch

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Opponents of Rupert Murdoch’s bid to take over Sky Plc gained fresh ammunition after the billionaire’s U.K. publishing arm admitted hacking computers, and his son ran into opposition as chairman of the pay-TV broadcaster.

News UK admitted "vicarious liability" Friday as part of a lawsuit settlement in London. The Irish edition of the company’s News of the World tabloid hired a private investigator who hacked the computer of Ian Hurst, a former British Army intelligence officer, Hurst’s attorney, Jeremy Reed, said. The interception of his emails took place more than a decade ago, after Hurst had written a book about his experiences in Northern Ireland.