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TWO EX-NEWS CORP EXECS CHARGED WITH BRIBERY

November 20, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Two former heads of News International — the umbrella group comprising News Corp’s British newspapers — were among five people formally charged today (Tuesday) with bribing public officials in exchange for confidential information. The two are Andy Coulson, who after leaving News International became the spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron, and Rebekah Brooks, often […]

TWO MORE ARRESTS IN BRITAIN’S HACKING/BRIBERY SCANDAL

September 19, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Two more journalists working for Rupert Murdoch’s daily tabloid The Sun, the largest circulating newspaper in Britain, have been arrested on suspicion of bribing a police officer. The officer has also been arrested, Scotland Yard said today (Wednesday). The latest arrests bring to 50 the number arrests made in connection with the investigation into bribery […]

CELEBRITY REHAB DOCTOR ACCUSED OF ACCEPTING PAYOLA FROM DRUG FIRM

July 6, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

Dr. Drew Pinsky, best known as “Dr. Drew,” host of VH1′s controversial Celebrity Rehab reality series from 2008-2011, has been accused of taking at least $275,000 in bribes from the pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline to promote the company’s products. On Thursday GSK was fined $3 billion after admitting that it lavished gifts, kickbacks, resort travel, tickets […]

MURDOCH EXPLAINS WHY HE’S SPLITTING NEWS CORP

June 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Rupert Murdoch spent much of Thursday discussing his decision to split his News Corp media empire into two companies, one for entertainment, the other for newspaper and book publishing, but denied that it was “in any sense a reaction to anything in the U.K.” It was about as far as he would come to mentioning […]

EX-NEWS CORP EXEC CRIMINALLY CHARGED IN SCANDAL

May 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Rebekah Brooks, who was once one of Rupert Murdoch’s closest associates — sometimes called his protégée — is among the first persons criminally charged in the scandal that has hit Murdoch’s newspaper business in Britain The Crown Prosecution Service — comparable to the U.S. Attorney General’s office — accused Brooks, the former head of News […]

MURDOCH AND CO. FACE NEW SCANDALS

March 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While it is unlikely that any coordinated planning was involved, several news outlets yesterday and today (Tuesday) rolled out investigative projects targeting Rupert Murdoch and News Corp, — among them Britain’s BBC, the London Independent, and America’s PBS. The BBC report claimed that the News Corp software company NDS cracked the access codes used by […]

JAMES MURDOCH QUITS NEWS INTERNATIONAL BOARD

March 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

James Murdoch, who, as chairman of News International, had been the public face of his father Rupert’s newspaper business in the U.K. as scandal engulfed it beginning in 2009, has removed himself from the unit’s board. The announcement comes just weeks after he had resigned as chairman. Although he will now focus his attention on […]

FORMER NEWS INTERNATIONAL CHIEF QUESTIONED AGAIN BY POLICE

March 22, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Rebekah Brooks, once regarded as the most powerful woman in the British news media, was questioned by police again today (Thursday) purportedly about new evidence of illegal activity turned over to them by News Corp’s management and standards committee. Brooks was arrested last week on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, a […]

JAMES MURDOCH QUITS SCANDAL-PLAGUED NEWS INTERNATIONAL

February 29, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Without explanation, James Murdoch resigned today (Wednesday) as head of News International, the umbrella group for News Corp’s British newspaper business. His resignation came just days after the successful launch of a new NI title, The Sun on Sunday, which was directly overseen by his father, News Corp Chairman/CEO Rupert Murdoch, and Tom Mockridge, News […]

EVIDENCE IN SUN PROBE REVEALS “NETWORK OF CORRUPTED OFFICIALS”

February 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

One day after Rupert Murdoch inaugurated a Sunday edition of his daily tabloid The Sun, with a reported circulation of 3 million, a Scotland Yard investigator has presented sensational evidence that the newspaper has routinely engaged in bribing police and public officials to obtain gossipy information about celebrities and other public officials. In testimony prepared […]

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