BSkyB has announced that two of its directors will be replaced in a boardroom shake-up as the broadcaster continues to insist that email hacking conducted within the company was in the public interest.
Both Jacques Nasser and lord Wilson of Dinton will step down by the end of the year, the latest in a succession of departures that includes Allan Leighton, David Evans and Dame Gail Rebuck.
The clearing of the decks is believed to mark a bid by the satellite broadcaster to delineate itself from the influence of Rupert Murdoch, to whom many were judged to have owed allegiance.
bSkyB has admitted hacking into the private emails of ‘canoe man’ john Darwin, who faked his own death as part of an insurance con – a move which the firm justified in its annual report saying that it was “…in the public interest and subject to proper editorial oversight”.
Details of corporate pay were also revealed in the report with the largest beneficiary being BSkyB’s chief executive Jeremy Darroch who enjoyed a 7% pay increase to £2.98m last year - on top of a £1.87m bonus.