Tomorrow morning, at Fox Studios' Zanuck Theatre in Los Angeles, a very un-Hollywood set will assemble for the annual News Corp. shareholder meeting. But one notable attendee is attempting to stir up drama worthy of the setting.
Former Labour minister Tom Watson, who has been a strong opponent of Rupert Murdoch and his media empire, flew over to the United States yesterday in hopes of giving News Corp. and its investors a piece of his mind. Yesterday, Watson told a parliamentary committee that he had secured a proxy vote that would allow him to vote on behalf of a News Corp. shareholder, and that he plans to address the meeting about the company’s unethical behavior.
“I want the institutional investors to be in no doubt about the wrongdoing that is taking place in name of News Corp.,” he told the U.K.’s Birmingham Post & Mail. “There are motions to be discussed at the meeting about improving corporate governance and I want to see those approved.”
As a member of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee, Watson has been at the forefront of the investigation into the News International scandal, helping to uncover the illegal hacking of murder victim Milly Dowler’s voicemail. He’s also shown himself to be more than capable of going head to head with Murdoch, having delivered some of the toughest questioning at last summer’s Parliamentary hearing.