News Corp. Meltdown
Former News of the World reporter Graham Johnson has published a tell-all of his time under Rebekah Brooks called Hack: Sex, Drugs, and Scandal from Inside the Tabloid Jungle. An interview with Vice suggests Rupert Murdoch’s former deputy might not enjoy her portrayal.
“The problem is with tabloid journalists, like Rebekah Brooks, and the editors Read More
News Corp. Meltdown
Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who resigned over phone hacking allegations (and resigned from his subsequent post as head of communications for David Cameron over the same), is being detained by police for alleged perjury, reports The Guardian.
We may still be drinking coffee and fantasizing about running into Pat Kiernan on our walk to the L, but our media colleagues across the pond are hours into Day 2 of the second round of the Leveson Inquiry, Britain’s press ethics probe, where Rupert Murdoch has fingered Daily News editor Colin Myler in the phone hacking cover-up blame game.
The Best Defense
A trio of civil lawsuits will be filed in American courts against Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Reports in the Daily Mail and Daily Beast indicate attorney Mark Lewis is prepared to file suit on behalf of three unnamed clients in America, claiming the phone hacking, believed to be a U.K. phenomenon until now, took place here as well:
The Sun on Sunday launches next week, making Rupert Murdoch’s first UK newspaper available seven days a week, even as its masthead is plagued by arrests and allegations of bribery. Here is a vintage pic of Mr. Murdoch released by The Sun for the occasion.
In a memo obtained by the Guardian, the News Corp. boss pledged his “unwavering support” to the new publication, which is staffed at least in part by employees of the shuttered News of the World.
Memo below, emphasis ours.
B is for Baby
Police in the United Kingdom made new arrests Saturday as part of “Operation Elveden.” The dead-serious probe with the Tolkienesque name is digging into allegations Rupert Murdoch’s Sun paid cops for inside information. News Corp’s Management and Standards Committee reported the arrests and took credit in the process:
Former News International executive Rebekah Brooks and her former racehorse trainer husband announced the arrival of their daughter, Scarlett Anne Mary Brooks, at a private hospital in London today, reports the Independent.
Rupert and James Murdoch will be called to the Royal Courts of Justice in October for an official inquiry under oath reports The Telegraph.
Since the Murdochs’ appearance before Parliament in July, letters from former News of the World employees Tom Crone and Glenn Mulcaire suggest that, contrary to their testimony, the Murdochs were informed that phone Read More
Regarding the scandal that has roiled Rupert Murdoch’s global media empire, a few things seem clear. The phone-hacking scandal in London is deplorable. Journalists have violated the privacy of ordinary citizens and, it is alleged, the law of the land in the United Kingdom. Tabloid reporters from the now-shuttered News of the World showed a Read More
The Times‘s Joe Nocera has finally gotten his chance to shine during the current News of the World scandal, intoning last week that Rupert Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal had been characterized by lack of ethics and “weirdly, sometimes surprisingly unsophisticated coverage of business” and going yet further today. “There is something undeniably rich Read More