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NEW HACKING REVELATIONS SET OFF UPROAR IN U.K.

July 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The voicemail hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday tabloid News of the World appeared to threaten Prime Minister David Cameron’s government Tuesday as it emerged that News International, the umbrella group for Murdoch’s news operations in the U.K., had turned over to investigators details of payments made by the tabloid to senior police officers between […]

HANKS AND ROBERTS STAR IN FLOP

July 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Who would have thought that a movie starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts would flop right out of the gate? But that’s what appears to have happened in the case of Larry Crowne. The movie earned $16.1 million over the July 4th weekend, landing in fourth place, and today’s Hollywood Reporter, citing figures from CinemaScore, […]

WILL MURDOCH COMPLETE $14-BILLION ACQUISITION OF BSKYB?

July 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s Culture Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, said over the weekend that he will allow opponents of Rupert Murdoch’s effort to buy complete ownership of satellite operator BSkyB until the end of this week to raise final objections. Hunt has already telegraphed that he is disposed to giving Murdoch’s News Corp the clearance to complete the acquisition. […]

U.K. NEWSPAPER DEMANDS PUBLIC PROBE OF RIVAL

June 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s Guardian newspaper has editorially called for an immediate public inquiry into new charges that politicians and celebrities were snooped on by private detectives working for Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid. Such an inquiry should occur, it said, before Murdoch is allowed to gain full control of Britain’s largest commercial television company, BSkyB. […]

WHO’S PAYING LEGAL BILLS OF CONVICTED NEWS OF THE WORLD HACKER?

April 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite denials by News International, Rupert Murdoch’s umbrella group for his London newspapers, that it ever countenanced the hacking of the voicemails of celebrities by its News of the World reporters, rival newspapers are demanding to know whether the news organization is paying the legal fees of the private detective at the center of the […]

U.K. CHANNEL REFUSES TO CENSOR GARY GLITTER SONG ON GLEE

March 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s Channel 4 Network has refused to censor a scene in an upcoming episode of Glee in which Gwyneth Paltrow performs the 1973 Gary Glitter hit Do You Want to Touch Me? The episode has already aired in the U.S. and a CD of Paltrow’s rendition has hit iTunes’s Top 30 chart. Some child advocacy […]

FORMER U.K. MEDIA MINISTER CLAIMS PHONE WAS HACKED

January 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Tessa Jowell, who held the position of Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in Tony Blair’s cabinet, is the latest public figure to claim that her phone was hacked — possibly by reporters for the Sunday tabloid News of the World. She disclosed today (Friday) that she had learned that her phone had […]

WIKILEAKS: ANOTHER BUSH ADMINISTRATION WHACK AT MICHAEL MOORE

December 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. deputy chief of mission in New Zealand, David Burnett, attempted to block a planned screening of Michael Moore’s anti-Iraq-war documentary, Fahrenheit 9/11, when he heard that it was being hosted by a New Zealand cabinet minister, according to documents contained in the WikiLeaks papers and reported today (Wednesday) in Britain’s Guardian newspaper. In […]

FOCUS OF U.K. HACKERGATE PROBE WON’T BE CHARGED

December 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

British prosecutors said Friday that they have insufficient evidence to bring charges against Andy Coulson, the former editor of Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday tabloid the News of the World and now Prime Minister David Cameron’s director of communications. Coulson had been accused by former reporters of the publication of encouraging them to use private detectives to […]

U.K. PRESS COMMISSION TO PROBE HACKERGATE

September 21, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s Press Complaints Commission said today (Tuesday) that it plans to reopen its inquiry into telephone hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid, News of the World. Referring to its own 2006 conclusion that the hacking was limited to one rogue reporter working with a private detective — who were convicted and jailed for the offense […]

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