Shareholder pressure on BSkyB’s Murdoch eases ahead of meeting

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S Murdoch is set to survive campaigns calling for him to be thrown out of BSkyB at Thursday’s annual meeting, with investors ready to approve his re-election as a non-executive director.

Advocacy groups FairPensions and Pirc have hit out at Murdoch, claiming his father Rupert’s 40 per cent stake in BSkyB means he does not have the independence a person in his position should.

He has also recently been criticised by broadcasting regulator Ofcom, which said in a recent report that Murdoch “repeatedly fell short of the conduct to be expected of him”.

However, anger looks set to be more subdued than at last year’s meeting, when Murdoch – then chairman – saw around half of votes not controlled by his father tabled against him.

Murdoch quit as chairman in April but remains on the board.

“There has not been a particularly positive response from shareholders,” a spokesman for FairPensions said, adding that allegations embroiling Trinity Mirror in the phone hacking scandal have reduced pressure on the Murdochs.