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Lone NOTW Honcho Convicted of Phone Hacking

Andy Coulson convicted, Rebecca Brooks acquitted

(Newser) - Former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking today, but fellow editor Rebekah Brooks was acquitted after a monthslong trial centering on illegal activity at the heart of Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire. A jury unanimously found Coulson, an ex-adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron,... More »

Top Murdoch Honcho Quits as News Corp Split Looms

Rebekah Brooks' replacement to 'pursue outside opportunities'

(Newser) - One of Rupert Murdoch's main media henchmen has stepped down after just 16 months at the helm of News International, the Telegraph reports. Tom Mockridge, who took over News Corp's scandal-hit British newspaper business from Rebekah Brooks last summer, is leaving to "pursue outside opportunities," the... More »

Ex-Murdoch Execs to Face Bribery Charges

Just the latest accusations for Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson

(Newser) - British prosecutors are adding new charges to the litany of accusations against former Rupert Murdoch executives. Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, both at the center of the phone-hacking scandal, will be charged with bribing public officials in exchange for stories and information, the New York Times reports. Two other News... More »

UK Charges Brooks, Coulson in Hacking Scandal

British prosecutors announce 19 charges

(Newser) - British authorities have announced 19 charges over the tabloid phone hacking scandal, and they're targeting some of the biggest names in the case. Former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks and David Cameron's former communications chief Andy Coulson will both be charged with conspiring to "intercept communications."... More »

Rupert Murdoch Lobbied UK for Republicans: 'Invade Iraq'

Tony Blair took "over-crude" call from News Corp owner

(Newser) - The owner of Fox News personally lobbied then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair to invade Iraq sooner rather than later, according to a journalist's diary. Rupert Murdoch reportedly made the 2003 call to Blair's cell phone, "pressing on timings" and promising News International would support the war, writes... More »

Cameron Texts to Rebekah Brooks: 'Lots of Love'

Brit PM thought that's what 'LOL' meant

(Newser) - Apparently David Cameron loves to text—even if he's not down with the kids' newfangled texting lingo. The British Prime Minister frequently chatted with former News International boss Rebekah Brooks via text, Brooks testified today at an inquiry into News Corp's phone hacking scandal, and he'd sign... More »

Sen. Rockefeller Seeks Murdoch Evidence

He asks British inquiry for proof of any wrongdoing in US

(Newser) - Sen. Jay Rockefeller has stepped up his efforts to find out if Rupert Murdoch's News Corp broke American laws in the British phone-hacking scandal. The West Virginia Democrat, chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, has asked Lord Leveson, head of the British inquiry into the scandal, to turn over... More »

Murdoch 'Not Fit' to Lead News Corp: UK Lawmakers

Committee's decision could force Murdoch to sell off BSkyB stake

(Newser) - A group of British lawmakers has concluded that Rupert Murdoch is not fit to lead his own media empire: Parliament's Culture, Media, and Sport Committee released a report the AP calls "scathing," accusing Murdoch of misleading Parliament about the extent of the phone hacking scandal at his... More »

Rupert Murdoch: 'I Failed'

News Corp mogul continues Leveson testimony

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch apologized today over the News of the World hacking scandal, admitting "I failed." He said he didn't pay enough attention to the tabloid, calling that lack of attention "an omission by me" during his second day of testimony at the Leveson inquiry into media... More »

Murdoch Talks Hacking, Thatcher, Porcupine Sex

Leveson inquiry gets interesting

(Newser) - Rupert Murdoch is appearing before Lord Justice Brian Leveson's inquiry into media ethics today, and in the absence of pies , we'll just give you the more colorful bits. (Click to see what son James said yesterday .)
  • A lunch meeting Murdoch had with then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher—
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Brit Hacking Scandal Hits US

Lawyer planning US lawsuits on behalf of hacked celebs

(Newser) - The lawyer who spearheaded efforts to expose phone hacking at Britain's News of the World is on his way to the US, and American lawsuits are expected to follow. Mark Lewis plans to explore American law as it relates to phone hacking, and to file at least three lawsuits... More »

James Murdoch Stepping Down From BSkyB

Sky News reports that resignation will be confirmed today

(Newser) - Media exec James Murdoch, under pressure over his role in Britain's tabloid phone hacking scandal , is stepping down as chairman of British Sky Broadcasting, the Sky News channel reported today. Sky, the news channel of BSkyB, said his resignation would be confirmed later today after an unscheduled board meeting.... More »

Rebekah Brooks Arrested Again

Brooks' husband also arrested in News International scandal

(Newser) - A big arrest in the News International phone hacking scandal: Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's organization, was arrested early this morning. Five men were also detained as part of Operation Weeting, including Brooks' husband Charlie, the BBC reports, and searches are being conducted at related... More »

2 Murdoch Reporters Attempt Suicide

Sun staffers stressed out as inquiry continues

(Newser) - The pressure appears to be taking its toll inside Rupert Murdoch's media empire. Two senior reporters at the Sun have attempted suicide as police step up their inquiry into illegal practices at the British newspaper, according to the Evening Standard . News International, the British wing of Murdoch's News... More »

James Murdoch Resigns From News International

Rupert's son steps down, will continue working for News Corp.

(Newser) - James Murdoch is resigning as executive chairman at News International, the UK publishing arm of his father's News Corp, the company announced today. Murdoch will instead focus on News Corp's international TV business, the AP reports, noting that the younger Murdoch has faced scrutiny during the phone hacking... More »

Rebekah Brooks Got a Horse From Scotland Yard

Rebekah Brooks kept horse for two years

(Newser) - A weird detail from coverage of the News of the World phone hacking scandal : The year after NotW royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were jailed, Scotland Yard loaned out a retired police horse to Rebekah Brooks, who was at that time the editor of the Sun... More »

Murdoch's Sun Regularly Paid Off Corrupt Officials

Investigation reveals 'culture ... of illegal payments': police

(Newser) - Reporters for Rupert Murdoch's Sun tabloid made a habit of paying off not just the police but also public officials, normalizing a "culture ... of illegal payments," the officer leading the police investigation into News International told an inquiry today. "Systems have been created to facilitate those... More »

Times of London Dragged Into UK's Hacking Scandal

Another Rupert Murdoch newspaper being probed, says lawmaker

(Newser) - Police are investigating alleged email interception by Rupert Murdoch's Times of London, a British lawmaker said today—dragging Britain's oldest national newspaper into the broadening scandal over press wrongdoing. Labour Party legislator Tom Watson, who helped lift the lid on tabloid phone hacking, released a letter from police... More »

36 Victims Settle in Murdoch Phone Hacking Scandal

News Group Newspapers appears to acknowledge cover-up

(Newser) - The British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire has reached settlements with 36 alleged victims of the News Corp phone hacking scandal. Politicians, a soccer player, and actor Jude Law are among those who settled out of court, for amounts ranging from $40,000 to $200,000 plus... More »

Piers Morgan on Defensive at Phone Hacking Hearing

He won't say how he heard Paul McCartney voicemail

(Newser) - Piers Morgan was in the hot seat today in Britain's phone hacking inquiry, but the CNN host refused to play along. He got grilled via video from the US on one point in particular, notes AP : If he didn't engage in phone hacking, how did he manage to... More »

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