LONDON - The British parliament will unite on Wednesday to urge Rupert Murdoch to drop plans to further expand his media empire in a move unthinkable before a phone hacking scandal exploded just two weeks ago.
The opposition motion against News Corp's bid to buyout BSkyB is not legally binding but it reflects public disgust at revelations one of Murdoch's newspapers hacked into the telephones of relatives of war dead and of a murdered girl.
The decision by the two ruling coalition parties to support the vote, a level of unity generally only shown at times of conflict, breaks the ties between Murdoch and successive British governments and shows the dramatic fall from grace endured by one of the world's most powerful men.
In a further dangerous sign for the media mogul, the fallout threatened to spread to the United States, homebase of Murdoch's News Corp empire which owns a clutch of prominent US media properties including The Wall Street Journal
, the New York Post
and Fox Broadcasting.