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BRITAIN RENEWS TAX CREDITS; HOLLYWOOD CHEERS

November 10, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Citing the “massive success” of films produced in the U.K. during the past year, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced today that the country’s tax incentives to the film industry will be extended through 2015. Those incentives helped attract producers of such films as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, Captain America, Pirates […]

WHEN DID NEWS CORP EXECS LEARN ABOUT HACKING?

September 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The telephone-hacking saga involving Rupert Murdoch’s News International, the umbrella group for his British news operations, took a new twist today (Thursday) when the London Independent disclosed that “up to a dozen” executives of N.I. were made aware by police as far back as 2006 that phone hacking at the now defunct News of the […]

LAWYER CLAIMS BRITAIN’S CHANCELLOR FELT OBLIGATED TO EDITOR

September 13, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Mark Lewis, a lawyer for several of the alleged victims of telephone hacking by a private detective and reporters working for the now-defunct British tabloid News of the World, has suggested that Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne recommended that Andy Coulson, the tabloid’s former editor, be appointed Prime Minister David Cameron’s communications director because […]

MURDOCH’S TO TESTIFY UNDER OATH ABOUT HACKERGATE

August 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Brian Leveson, the English judge who will head the inquiry into phone hacking, is expected to call Rupert Murdoch and his son James to testify under oath about their knowledge of the activity at News of the World, the London Daily Telegraph reported today (Tuesday), citing no sources. He is also expected to call Prime […]

HACKERGATE PROBE: WHY WAS COULSON PAID AFTER HE QUIT?

August 24, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

New questions have arisen about why Andy Coulson was awarded a substantial severance package paid over several years after he resigned as editor of News of the World when the scandal over voicemail hacking first broke in 2007. Britain’s Guardian newspaper took note of a message left by David Yelland, a former editor of another […]

EDITOR IN HACKING SCANDAL MAY HAVE HAD TWO BOSSES

August 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Britain’s telephone hacking scandal took a new turn on Monday when the BBC reported that former News of the World editor Andy Coulson had received hundreds of thousands of dollars from News International, the News Corp subsidiary that oversees Rupert Murdoch’s news operations in the U.S., after he had resigned from the paper and had […]

A SMOKING GUN IN NEWS CORP’S HACKERGATE SCANDAL?

August 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Evidence that would appear to suggest that senior executives of Rupert Murdoch’s British news subsidiary News International (NI), including his son James, had engaged in a massive cover-up of the voicemail hacking scandal since at least 2007 was published today (Tuesday) by the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee. The evidence includes a […]

MURDOCH BIOGRAPHER ACCUSES RUPERT OF LYING TO PARLIAMENT

July 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Michael Wolff, the author of the Rupert Murdoch biography The Man Who Owns the News, has accused Murdoch of lying to a Parliamentary committee last week when he stated that he had little involvement with the now-shuttered News of the World. In his testimony, Murdoch said: “The News of the World perhaps I lost sight […]

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” […]

CHIEF OF MURDOCH’S NEWS INTERNATIONAL QUITS UNDER FIRE

July 15, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Rupert Murdoch’s efforts to limit the damage to his media empire from the telephone hacking scandal that has engulfed News International, the umbrella group for his British news operations, suffered a new setback today (Friday) when Rebekah Brooks resigned as News International’s CEO. Arriving in London last week, Murdoch immediately met with Brooks, who was […]

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