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Murdoch, BSkyB Deny ‘Unfit’ Report Findings

Following what The New York Times calls a “damning report” from a parliamentary committee that concludes Rupert Murdoch “is not a fit person” to lead an international company, News Corp. has issued a statement acknowledging “wrongdoing” at the now-shuttered News of the World, but highlighting the partisan nature of the findings.

In a statement, News Corp. didn’t specify the nature of the “wrongdoing,” but admitted that its response was too slow. However, the statement says the report had comments that were “unjustified and highly partisan.” And the company has taken steps to correct the problems and done an investigation. So, you know. We’re done here, right?

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Former ‘NotW’ Employees Turning to PR

PRWeek UK reports that former News of the World reporters have been seeking new jobs in PR. The newspaper’s closure left 200 staffers out of work.

Edelman‘s European CEO Robert Phillips is among those saying that former NotW reporters have been in touch for a job. But some say that a market rife with candidates, particularly ex-journalists, will make it difficult for these reporters to find public relations employment.

“It’s a saturated market already. It’s unlikely that PR agencies will be falling over themselves for a News of the World journalist,” said one unnamed recruitment specialist.

Also out of a job: Les Hinton, Dow Jones CEO who resigned late yesterday afternoon. Hinton was head of News International, the group that publishes the British newspapers, from 1995 to 2007. His resignation letter as well as Rupert Murdoch’s response, are here.

Nasdaq SVP Corp. Comm. Bethany Sherman Joins Dow Jones as Chief Communications Officer

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Bethany B. Sherman has joined Dow Jones & Company as chief communications officer, the company said today.

“This is a new position,” said Howard Hoffman, Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Dow Jones and Co. in an interview with PRNewser. Sherman will report to Dow Jones CEO Les Hinton. She begins March 29.

Previously, Sherman worked at The Nasdaq OMX Group, Inc. where she was senior vice president for corporate communications over the past eight years.