July 19, 2011 |
LONDON - Scotland Yard's assistant commissioner resigned yesterday, a day after his boss also quit, and fresh investigations of possible police wrongdoing were launched in the phone-hacking scandal that has spread from Rupert Murdoch's media empire to the British prime minister's office. Prime Minister David Cameron called an emergency session of Parliament on the scandal and cut short his visit to Africa to try to contain the widening crisis. Lawmakers today are to question Murdoch, his son James and Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Murdoch's U.K. newspaper arm. In a further twist, a former News of the World reporter who helped blow the whistle on the scandal was found dead yesterday in his home, but it was not believed to be suspicious.
July 18, 2011 |
LONDON - An intensifying voicemail-hacking and police-bribery scandal cut closer than ever to Rupert Murdoch and Scotland Yard yesterday with the arrest of the media magnate's former British newspaper chief and the resignation of London's police commissioner. Though the former executive, Rebekah Brooks, and the police chief, Paul Stephenson, have denied wrongdoing, both developments are ominous not only for Murdoch's News Corp., but for a British power structure that nurtured a cozy relationship with his papers for years.
July 16, 2011 |
LONDON - Rupert Murdoch accepted the resignations of the Wall Street Journal's publisher and of the chief of his British operations Friday. The once-defiant media mogul struggled to control an escalating phone-hacking scandal with a public statement of contrition and a personal apology to the family of a murdered schoolgirl. The scandal has knocked billions off the value of Murdoch's News Corp., scuttled his ambitions to take control of lucrative British Sky Broadcasting, withered his political power in Britain, and threatens to destabilize his global business.
July 15, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - The phone-hacking scandal that has ignited a political firestorm in Britain jumped the Atlantic yesterday as the FBI opened an investigation into whether British reporters tried to access cellphone messages and records of victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in violation of U.S. law. The preliminary probe further rattled the New York-based global media empire of Rupert Murdoch, who was forced this week to withdraw his $12 billion bid to take over Britain's largest satellite broadcaster, and raises questions about the future of News Corp.
July 15, 2011 |
NEW YORK - The FBI has begun a preliminary inquiry based on concerns in Congress over a report that media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. sought to hack into the phones of Sept. 11 victims, a law enforcement official said Thursday. The decision to step in was made after Rep. Peter King (R., N.Y.) and several other members of Congress wrote to FBI Director Robert Mueller demanding an investigation, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to speak publicly.
July 14, 2011 |
LONDON - Rupert Murdoch's dream of controlling a British broadcasting behemoth has evaporated with the withdrawal of his bid for BSkyB - the latest, biggest casualty of what Prime Minister David Cameron called the hacking "firestorm" sweeping through British politics, media, and police. Cameron appointed a senior judge to lead an inquiry into the phone-hacking and police-bribery scandal engulfing Murdoch's British newspapers, and promised it would investigate whether Murdoch's reporters sought the phone numbers of 9/11 victims in their quest for sensational scoops.
July 12, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - As investors punished News Corp.'s stock again yesterday, questions arise anew about the leadership abilities of its chief executive, Rupert Murdoch. The phone-hacking scandal in Britain now threatens to engulf top executives, and has hobbled the company's stock, which has stagnated for a decade. If News Corp. operated like many corporations in the midst of scandal, the CEO's job would be in jeopardy. But the media conglomerate runs more like a family dynasty, and analysts suggest that Murdoch, its 80-year-old patriarch, is likely to maintain his grip for now. As the company's chief executive, Murdoch presides over an empire with a wide array of media assets, including the Fox broadcast network, cable channels such as FX and Fox News, TV stations, the 20th Century Fox movie studio and newspapers around the world, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post and the Sun , in the U.K. He controls the company through a family trust that owns 40 percent of the voting stock and the largest chunk of News Corp.'s shares at 12 percent.
July 9, 2011 |
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief and an ex-royal reporter were arrested Friday in a phone hacking and police corruption scandal that has already toppled a major tabloid and rattled the cozy relationship between British politicians and the powerful Murdoch media empire. The 168-year-old muckraking tabloid News of the World was shut down Thursday after being engulfed by allegations that its journalists paid police for information and hacked into the phone messages of celebrities, young murder victims, and even the grieving families of dead soldiers.
July 7, 2011 |
LONDON - Britain's phone-hacking scandal intensified Wednesday as the scope of tabloid intrusion into private voice mails became clearer: Murder victims. Terror victims. Film stars. Sports figures. Politicians. The royal family's entourage. The focal point is the News of the World - now facing a spreading advertising boycott - and the top executives of its parent companies: Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, and her boss, Rupert Murdoch. In his first comment since the latest details emerged, Murdoch said in a statement Wednesday that Brooks would continue to lead his British newspaper operation despite calls for her resignation.
June 8, 2011 |
TATTLE'S FAVE British tabloid, News of the World , has apologized to Sienna Miller for hacking into her cellphone messages. What? Hacking's not allowed? Why must they make this job so hard? Michael Silverleaf , a lawyer for News Group Newspapers, the publisher of News of The World and part of the Rupert Murdoch "news" empire, offered "sincere apologies" to Sienna in London's High Court yesterday. The company acknowledged that the information obtained through hacking should never have been published.