Can News Corp Escape The Hacking Scandal Unscathed?
Rupert Murdoch’s News International has offered to pay roughly $4.7M to settle the case brought against it by the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. That’s a hefty amount –Murdoch is reported to have been personally involved with the negotiations– which could help or hurt the conglom as it moves through the scandal. News Corp. is trying to “be seen to be generous as it’s much more than would be awarded by a court,” said Niri Shan, the head of media law at Taylor Wessing LLP in London told Bloomberg. “The only downside is if it potentially sets an unrealistic expectation for others.” The settlement includes a 2 million-pound payment to the Dowler family and a 1 million-pound donation to charity. The settlement could be announced tomorrow morning but The Guardian said that the family has yet to sign off. Reports that Dowler’s voice mails had been hacked ignited the public outcry that forced News Corp to close the News of the World and drop its bid for full control of BSkyB. Parliament decided last week to have News Corp’s Deputy COO James Murdoch testify again, after after former employees questioned statements he made about his knowledge of the hacking at the tabloid.