By Eleanor Bloxham, contributor
FORTUNE -- As the Murdochs face questioning, concerns have arisen over what the News Corp board knew about the scandal and when it began to realize that these issues were serious.
Although the magnitude stunned him in July, Perkins sold his shares in News Corp earlier this year after maintaining consistent holdings in the company's stock.
The News Corp 2008, 2009, and 2010 annual proxy filings showed that Perkins had consistent holdings in class A and class B stock: 6,000 shares of the company's class A stock and 21,750 shares of its class B stock.
But that changed this year -- he no longer holds those News Corp shares.
Perhaps the board is so surprised about the scandal now, because as Perkins told the New York Times, there haven't been that many discussions about the hacking: "'The board did discuss this several times two or three years ago, maybe earlier,'" and "the board 'is fully supportive of the top management.'"
John Thornton, another News Corp board member, doesn't hold any shares in the company's stock and hasn't according to the last three annual proxies. Viet Dinh, another director, holds a relatively small number of shares.
Only time will tell whether support of the stock and support of the management go hand in hand. The company used to have "equity ownership requirements" for directors, according to the company's 2008 proxy. Those requirements were not included in the company's 2009 or 2010 proxy reports.
Keep your eyes on the SEC filings to see who will be buying or selling next.
Eleanor Bloxham is CEO of The Value Alliance and Corporate Governance Alliance (http://thevaluealliance.com), a board advisory firm.
While some suggest that News Corp. board member Tom Perkins is the company's best hope for turning a new leaf at the beleaguered company, his track record raises serious doubts. By Eleanor BloxhamJul 18, 2011 9:10 AM ET
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