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U.K. LAWMAKERS HURL NEW CHARGES AT NEWS CORP

July 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Despite protestations by News Corp Deputy COO James Murdoch before one Parliamentary committee on Tuesday that the company wants to be “completely transparent” in its handling of the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed the company, another Parliamentary committee today (Wednesday) accused News International, the British news division that the younger Murdoch oversees, of “deliberately” […]

LONDON’S TWO TOP POLICE OFFICERS QUIT OVER HACKING SCANDAL

July 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Amid numerous charges that for years police had failed to investigate fully the claims of telephone hacking, Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard) Commissioner Paul Stephenson announced his resignation on Sunday, observing that the public inquiry into the matter would take more than a year before a final report is issued, during which time he would remain […]

CHICKEN LITTLE WAS RIGHT: THE BSKYB (DEAL) IS FALLING

July 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Rupert Murdoch may have shut down his 168-year-old London tabloid, the News of the World, over the weekend, but the scandal that had consumed the newspaper continued to burn in other parts of his media empire. Most significantly it appears to have doomed Murdoch’s bid to acquire the 61 percent of satellite broadcaster BSkyB that […]

U.K. MOBILE PHONE COMPANIES CONTRADICT POLICE ON CELEB VOICEMAILS

June 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The four largest mobile phone companies in Britain have all denied assertions by Scotland Yard’s Assistant Commissioner John Yates that he had “ensured” that the companies had contacted every celebrity and politician whose voicemails were hacked by a private detective working for the Rupert Murdoch tabloid News of the World. After searching their records, Vodafone, […]

HUGH GRANT BUGS THE BUGGER

April 8, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Actor Hugh Grant secretly recorded a conversation with the former features editor of Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid, the News of the World, and, in so doing, learned that his voicemail had been accessed by the paper’s reporters. In an article written for New Statesman magazine, Grant has disclosed how, wearing a hidden microphone, he had […]

TWO JOURNALISTS ARRESTED IN U.K. HACKERGATE PROBE

April 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.K. voicemail hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday tabloid, the News of the World intensified on Tuesday with the first arrests in the current Scotland Yard investigation. The newspaper’s chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, and its former head of news, Ian Edmondson, were reportedly held at west London police stations for six hours as police […]

MURDOCH’S U.K. NEWS CHIEF ASKED TO REVEAL PAYMENTS TO POLICE BY REPORTERS

March 31, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The head of News International, the British news division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, has been officially asked to disclose details of alleged payments made by the company’s newspapers to British police officers. The request, by Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Home Affairs Committee, came after John Yates, acting deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan […]

U.K. POLICE OFFICIAL RAPPED FOR LUNCHING WITH TABLOID EDITOR

March 30, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Former U.K. Labor minister Chris Bryant, who has claimed that his voicemails were hacked by Rupert Murdoch’s London tabloid News of the World, faced down Scotland Yard’s acting deputy commissioner John Yates during a Parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday, chastising Yates for lunching with the paper’s former deputy editor, Neil Wallace in February shortly after the […]

SCOTLAND YARD UNDER FIRE OVER HACKERGATE SCANDAL

March 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Amid growing accusations that Britain’s Scotland Yard deliberately refrained from investigating evidence that reporters at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World were hacking into the voicemails of British politicians and celebrities, the assistant commissioner of the Yard has agreed to appear before a committee of Parliament next week to answer questions about his handling of […]