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Investors berate Murdoch, new hacking claims arise

Hey, this would make a great reality TV show.

Reuters reports:

LOS ANGELES — A defiant Rupert Murdoch stood his ground at News Corp's annual meeting on Friday, fending off angry shareholders who slammed the media company's poor corporate governance in the wake of a phone hacking scandal and called for him to give up the chairman role.

British member of parliament Tom Watson led the charge against the media mogul, saying journalists at the defunct News of the World hacked computers as well as phone voice mails.

Watson said News Corp could face new investigations in the UK by the country's Serious Organised Crime Agency, caused by the actions of at least three private investigators employed by News International, News Corp's UK newspaper publishing unit.

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British lawmaker Tom Watson talks to reporters during a protest in front of Fox Studios in Los Angeles on Friday, Oct 21. A few dozen people showed up to demonstrate outside Fox Studios where News Corp. is holding its annual shareholders meeting.



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Protesters demonstrate at Fox Studios during the annual News Corp. stockholder meeting in Los Angeles, California October 21.

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Protesters demonstrate the annual shareholder meeting of News Corp at Fox Studios October 21 in Century City, California. Protesters are demonstrating against Fox and News Corp's for what they see as one-sided reporting practices.