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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox, live at Westminster.


Bowing to public and political pressure, Rupert Murdoch's News


Corporation dramatically pulls out of its bid for BSkyB. This a


company needs to sort out the problems at News International and


News of the World. One inquiry, in two parts. David


Cameron announces who will lead the investigation into the phone


hacking scandal amid ferocious criticism of News International in


Parliament. Not be missed conduct, but law-breaking and its links with


the criminal underworld. Also in this programme:


A co-ordinated terrorist attack in Mumbai. Three explosions have


killed at least 17 people. With fish numbers running low, The


EU presents a policy to stop fishermen from throwing their catch


Hello and welcome to Westminster on what has been another day that has


seen a seismic and humiliating reversal for Rupert Murdoch and his


media empire. Bowing to public pressure, and faced with rare


political unity behind an opposition debate here at


Westminster, he has withdrawn News Corporation's bid to take full


control of BSkyB. The man who for decades was courted by the


political establishment, and viewed by many as a kingmaker, now reaping


the whirlwind of public and political opprobrium. On a dramatic,


fast-moving day at Westminster, David Cameron also announced


details about a far-reaching inquiry into recent events,


regulation of the press, and the relationship between politicians


and the Fourth Estate. More on that and the debate in a minute, but


first, this report on a multi- billion pound deal now in tatters


from our business editor. Rupert Murdoch, the news mogul, in


the news for the wrong reasons. Putting on a brave face before one


of the great humiliations of his career, his abandonment to own all


of British broadcasting. Here is Minutes before, this was the


climate. When such a serious cloud hangs over News Corporation, a does


he agree with me that it would be wrong for them to expand their


stake in the British media? And this was the Prime Minister a


little bit later. This is the right decision. This company needs to


sort out the problems at News International, at the News of the


World. That must be the priority pulls up it is the second setback


for Mr Murdoch. Days ago, he closed the News of the


World. 10 days ago, there are allegations that the News of the


World hacked into the phone of Milly Dowler, and that the privacy


of the families of soldiers had been invaded along with other


shocking revelations. This is a victory for people up and down this


country, who had been appalled by the revelations, who have thought


it is beyond belief that Mr Murdoch could expand his stake in the


British media. Rupert Murdoch was keen to increase


his ownership, because it would have given him access to the vast


amounts of cash generated by the UK's television industry. BSkyB's


profits were around �1 billion, which would have been very useful


to News Corporation, at a time when his newspapers had been struggling


to maintain their revenues. As for the other shareholders, they have


also paid a big prize. BSkyB's share price has fallen by 20%,


wiping almost �3 billion from the value of the company. So what has


Rupert Murdoch lost? This was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to


acquire 100% of a business which has a very good prospects, a growth


Tribbeck Cherie, it would have increased the company by 25%. --


Mr Murdoch would see himself as the founder of BSkyB. To be told by


politicians who were seen as some as his creatures, that he should


not press ahead, and them to do as they insisted, it is a very


embarrassing setback. It is extremely rare to have an


opposition day motion being supported by all political parties.


That debate has just broken up. There was no vote. There were


stinging criticisms of News International and the tactics it


used in getting stories, in particular from the former Prime


Minister, at Gordon Brown. Quite a rise in this debate not to speak


about myself, but for those who cannot defend themselves. For the


grieving families have a lot more dead, for survivors of the July


seventh bombings, the many victims of crime, and most recently, the


victims of the violation of the rides of a missing and murdered


child. Many innocent men, women and children, who at their darkest hour,


the most abominable moment in their lives, with no one and nowhere to


turn, found their private lives treated as the public property of


News International. That curious intervention by Gordon


Brown. He believes that the medical records of his son, who has cystic


fibrosis, were accessed by News International. That denies the


report. I have been run -- talking to Alastair Campbell about the


relationship of the press and the political establishment. I began by


asking him how important he thought this development was today, the


fact that News Corporation had pulled out of the bed.


opposition, the Labour Party has always had a rough ride. Successive


leaders have been battered by the right-wing press. Going out and


doing this speech to a very influential audience of editors and


executives, I can give them why we did that, and it did help us a


level that playing field. We won the election in 1997. We did not


win the election because the summer backed us. What I do accept, as we


got into government, the relations between parts of government and


News International did get too close. If we had been beholden to


Murdoch, we would have had a very anti-European policy. I think that


what I would accept, in my own defence, I have been arguing about


this for some time. The relationship between politics and


the media isn't a very bad place. We should have done more to change


it. So much amber -- anger, by Gordon Brown. Is there a risk the


result of this is that it would not be good for deep state of the press


or democracy if tighter press regulations come in? There is a


risk. It is important that parliamentarians and the media have


a reasonable, or rational debate about this. I think Gordon made a


very powerful speech. I was with him during the election campaign,


and I know how angry he was by how News International treated him. It


was hate, hate, hate. I hope we can get back to a more reasonable


debate. I do think, however, I can remember as a journalist in the


'80s, most members of the public will think they have been drinking


in the last chance saloon and getting drunk for a very long time.


The idea that the sort of self regulation that the press are one,


where they run it, they have the its senior jobs, I think that will


have to go. However, I accept we have got to be very careful that we


do not then go so far as to have a press there were not be able to do


what decent press can do. The question is, do we have that decent


press? The other thing we will see, once this inquiry gets underway, it


does not stop at the doors of News International.


Alastair Campbell speaking to me a little earlier. Let us speak to the


What did you make of today's development? Is this the biggest


humiliation of Rupert Murdoch's Korea? It probably is. All


political careers end in failure. Mr Murdoch is 80, and is looking


like a tea. He seems to have lost it. -- like a to. A tiny corner of


my brain says, he will be back. There are reports, in some


newspapers, that News International might look to jettison some of


these titles. That would be disastrous, wanted? There is a


paradox in all of this. The Guardian exposed Ron Dearing. --


wrongdoing. The News of the World closes. Our industry is in trouble.


We hope that will not happen. They may be bluffing. Murdoch is a big


card player. What about the inquiry and future of press regulation.


Should be independent? Is there another risk that this country


might end up with a much more controlled, less three press?


is the fear this country. Free press, we just want them to behave.


David Cameron worked in television, and knows the difficulty of Bury


had feared he regulated media. My feeling is that the law should be


enforced. We saw it enforced the other day would be Johanna Yates


murder case. Regulation should be better, with them a souped-up Press


Complaints Commission, it is to follow up editors. We contribute


the money and control the money. In is to be handled by a third party.


In that way, you can have a more believable and falls for industry


regulation. It is not impossible. The world has to be there, maybe it


Michael White of the Guardian. Let us get an idea of the sort of


financial impact. We can go to New York. What have the effects been in


terms of share price and sentiment there? The share price reaction


suggests to us that investors are starting to look beyond this BSkyB


bid. This company has 50 billion US dollars in cash. This has to be


deployed. While this scandal overhang is likely to linger, the


reality is that the company's fundamentals have been driven by


the television networks which are nothing to do with the newspapers.


There is a rumour that News Corporation would jettison the


English newspapers. What do you make of those reports, of class


actions, about the handling and control of News Corporation, so


heavily influenced by the Murdoch family? I do not think investors


are losing sleep about those kinds of losses. The bigger question here


is what does a company to, given the sell-off we have seen in the


past week, and that is why I think the spin-off of the newspaper


business becomes increasingly plausible. Now I think the options


are on the table, and the danger is the company does not react


decisively to prevent the scandal from having collateral consequences


in other business. This is the situation in at


Westminster this evening. The debate has finished. There was no


vote on that. Extremely angry words, in particular from the former Prime


Minister Gordon Brown. Gordon Brown's son who had cystic fibrosis


and was convinced the medical records were access by part of the


News International empire. They deny that. The Sun newspaper


produced the source who they say was behind that story. News


Corporation withdrawing their bid At least 21 people have been killed


and 80 wounded in three separate but simultaneous explosions in the


heart of Mumbai's business district. India's home minister com are P


Chidambaram, has called it a coordinated terrorist attack. The


blasts were several kilometres apart. The first was at the


celebrated jewellery market, Zaveri Bazaar. The second at the Opera


House district and the third in its Dadar. 166 people were killed when


6 -- 10 militants attacked two major hotels, the main railway


stations and the main Jewish centre several years ago. Our


correspondent has been to the location of one of the explosions.


This site of Dadar North is one of three situations where explosions


have gone off in Mumbai. A vehicle reportedly part with explosives was


located here and decorated. This, along with two other blasts, took


place at 7pm local time in highly densely populated areas. Lots of


traffic around peak time. We are hearing of many injuries across the


three blast site. The injured have been taken to local hospitals.


Priority, according to the police and those leaders who have been


coming to these areas saying that the priority is for those to make


sure that the injured are taking care of. It is yet unclear as to


who is behind these attacks, as to what has taken place and whether


there is any correlation to those attacks in 2008 indoor my and those


five years ago in this city. The Afghan President has led


thousands of mourners at the funeral of his half-brother at the


family's home village. Hamid Karzai wept openly during the ceremony and


appealed to his countrymen to stop the violence. Ahmad Wali Karzai was


one of the most powerful figures in the southern Afghanistan. He was


shot dead by his own head of security. From Kabul, Sanjoy


Majumder reports. It was an emotional moment for


President Hamid Karzai. Burying his half-brother a day after a shocking


killing. How Ahmad Wali Karzai was laid to rest here, at his ancestral


village in Kandahar. Afterwards, a plea from the President to those


behind his death. My message for them is, my


countrymen, my brothers. Stop killing your own people. It is easy


to kill and everyone can do it but the real man is the one who can


save people's lives. The funeral drew many. Top members


of the Afghan government, tribesmen and ordinary citizens. All here for


a last glimpse at one of Afghanistan's most powerful men.


Even as the funeral was taking place, a bomb targets at the


governor of Helmand. He escaped unhurt but four policemen were


injured. It is a grim reminder of the tense situation unfolding in


the aftermath of Ahmad Wali Karzai's death. Questions have been


raised on the manner he was killed and you could have carried it out.


Ahmad Wali Karzai was seen as somebody who could come to the


Taliban, especially in this part of the country where they are greatly


influential. He was chosen as a close ally, overlooking serious


allegations against him. Thousands of NATO troops would have left


Afghanistan by the end of the yeah. His killing leaves a power vacuum


it -- a power vacuum in the south and comes at a sensitive time.


Now a look at some of the days other news:


The next head of the European Central Bank has criticised the way


politicians have handled the Eurozone debt crisis, saying


partial and temporary solutions have only increased uncertainty. It


comes as concerns are growing about the danger of the crisis spreading


to Italy. The police in Northern Ireland say


16 officers were injured during last night's violence. There were


26 arrests following trouble in Belfast, Londonderry, Armagh and


County Antrim. Nationalist youths attacked the police at the end of


the busiest day in the Orange Order marching season.


British judges have deferred a decision on whether to allow


WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange to be extradited to Sweden. He is


wanted there to face allegations of sexual misconduct. The decision


will now be made at a later date. It is one of the most controversial


areas of European policy but now the rules governing fishing in


Europe are set to change. The EU has proposed radical changes


proposing to stop over fishing in European waters.


The mysterious movements of fish remain an enigma...


Back in 1967, it all seemed so simple. Fishermen bringing in their


catch and selling it all at the local market. By the 1970s, this


was history. Today it is clear that the common fisheries policy,


brought in to promote sustainable fishing, is a failure. Its rules


are a major reason why there is so much of this. They call it discard,


hundreds of thousands of perfectly good fish are being thrown back


into the sea, dead. Rick Smith can look back at a 35 year career as a


skipper. For him, discards are a direct result of EU rules.


When there is a ban or a quota on court, for instance, you are still


catching all the other species, and you catch cod. You have no


alternative but to throw it away, dead.


That must be heartbreaking? Yes. That is what the law states.


Discards are the most obvious problem with the common fisheries


policy but there are many other issues as well. The EU commissioner


is today proposing a radical programme of reform, including


banning discards. Our proposal is to change the


system so that all catches are landed and counted against quotas.


A third element is giving an alternative to overfishing.


UK ministers describe the regulations as fundamentally broken,


it is welcome news to them. They know the hard bargain is just


beginning. We have now got a very busy year to


make sure that the commissioner's proposals, many of which we have


been pushing for, will see the light of day. We also need to


reverse the hugely damaging effects of the common fishing policy.


The debate in Europe will be protected, potentially better, with


so much vested national interest, there is no guarantee that any of


the proposed reforms will come into force.


Many conservationists say the basic problem is there are too many


fishing boats going after too few fish. Their logic is there should


be slimmed down European fishing fleet. That is a difficult message


for any politician to deliver to a community like Brixham, so


dependent on the fishing industry. Welcome back to Westminster, where


the the bed -- where the debate which was tabled by the opposition


leader Ed Miliband, saying there was no public confidence in the


News Corporation taking over steep -- BSkyB, had ended. It didn't go


to a vote because News Corp decided to pull out of that bid for BSkyB.


Some very strong, passionate language in the chamber today.


Yes. We heard Gordon Brown talking about how News International had


descended from the gutters into the sewers. That is the problem for


Rupert Murdoch. There is no end in sight to MPs piling into damage the


reps is eight -- the reputation of News International.


What a change in nine days. A lot of party leaders were falling over


themselves to court Rupert Murdoch after those of his emotions --


before those revelations. Yes. David Cameron was saying just


a few days ago that MPs shouldn't confuse the issue of the BSkyB bid


with the issue of phone hacking. And yet, this morning, in the House


of Commons, he was saying they should do that. A massive U-turn.


It hasn't been a good nine days for No. 10, has it?


It hasn't. They look like they have been at the back foot for most of


this crisis since those allegations about Milly Dowler first arose. On


the one hand they point out that David Cameron was outside the


country when they first broke but even so, it has been Ed Miliband


who has made the running on this one.


Thank you. It has been a dramatic day at Westminster. It has also


been a day of a humiliation for Rupert Murdoch. Forced by public


opinion to withdraw that bid for BSkyB. He wanted that takeover


because it is a huge potential money spinner for the company. It


could be resurrected, perhaps, in the next few months, but who knows


quite what will happen? That is it Hello. Most of the United Kingdom


will be dry on Thursday. The cloud will be broken and sunshine will


come through but this isn't the whole story because there is a


notable wet exception and that is in eastern most parts of England,


courtesy of an area of low pressure on the Continent, pushing rain into


coastal Norfolk and Suffolk. It will be an unpleasant day here. The


brain are starting to hack. A cool feel to the weather. Elsewhere, you


can see some of that sunshine on offer. Good sunny spells across the


North of England but Lincolnshire south, you are in the cloudy and


wet zone in parts of Essex and East Kent. The windy his own and cool


where the rain is heavy. Maybe just 12 degrees. In stark contrast we


have the south-west of England and Wales, dry with good sunny spells.


Feeling warmer than it did today. That is the case in north-west


England as well. Northern Ireland will get increasing clout through


the afternoon. Some of that cloud pushing into Scotland. Elsewhere in


Scotland, one or two showers developing but few and far between.


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