No piracy to topple rivals with software firm, says News Corp

Written by Bloomberg | Updated: Mar 30 2012, 06:06am hrs
Rupert Murdochs News Corp denied reports that a pay-TV software maker it co-owned was involved in piracy aimed at toppling rivals as politicians called for an investigation of the allegations.

The News Corp subsidiary, NDS, set up a unit in the mid- 1990s to hack smartcard codes and leak them online, giving viewers free access to competitors programmes, the Australian Financial Review newspaper reported March 28. The report, which cites internal documents and e-mails, echoes a report on the unit by the BBCs Panorama programme this week.

The BBCs Panorama programme was a gross misrepresentation of NDSs role as a high quality and leading provider of technology and services to the pay-TV industry, as are many of the other press accounts that have piled on if not exaggerated the BBCs inaccurate claims, Chase Carey, News Corps president, said in an e-mailed statement.

The allegations increase pressure on James Murdoch, the deputy chief operating officer of News Corp and chairman of UK pay-TV company British Sky Broadcasting Group , as he seeks to move on from the phone-hacking scandal at the British tabloid unit.