Rupert Murdoch Says Reports He Knew Of Payments To Police By Sun Staffers Are “Completely False”

By | Thursday July 18, 2013 @ 11:39am PDT

Britain’s Channel 4 News has obtained letters sent by Rupert Murdoch to two British MPs in an attempt to clarify statements he made to Sun staff that were secretly recorded in March and revealed earlier this month. In the correspondence to MPs Keith Vaz and John Whittingdale, Murdoch says he regrets his choice of words in a “highly emotional meeting”. In the original transcript, which was published by Exaro News, Murdoch says that the practice of making payments to police officers for news tips had “been going on a hundred years” and was the “culture of Fleet Street”. In the letter to Vaz (read it here), Murdoch says, “I did not intend to suggest that any violations of the law are tolerable or acceptable.” Read More »

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UPDATE: News Corp Says Rupert Murdoch Accepts Invitation To Appear Before UK Parliament To Discuss Secret Tape

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 2:30pm PDT

UPDATE, 2:30 PM: It looks like the UK Parliament’s committee will get its wish. A News Corp spokesman has said Rupert Murdoch will accept their invitation. “Mr Murdoch welcomes the opportunity to return to … Read More »

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Will Rupert Murdoch Be Questioned By Police Over Secretly Recorded Comments?

By | Thursday July 4, 2013 @ 4:16am PDT

British Labour Party MP Tom Watson, a vocal and enduring Rupert Murdoch critic, has called on the News Corp boss to be questioned by police following yesterday’s revelations about a secret recording … Read More »

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Former Editor Of Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun Charged In Corruption Probe

By | Wednesday March 20, 2013 @ 7:37am PDT

Geoff Webster, the former deputy editor of News Corp‘s UK tabloid The Sun, is the latest to be charged with conspiring to commit misconduct in public office. Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service said today that … Read More »

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Four Admit Selling Info To Rupert Murdoch’s Sun While His Times Nabs Paper Of The Year

Former Rupert Murdoch lieutenant Rebekah Brooks and former News Of The World editor Andy Coulson appeared in a London court today on charges of allegedly conspiring to bribe public officials. While both of … Read More »

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Rupert Murdoch Expected To Hold Talks With London Times Directors This Week

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 5:47am PST

After Times Newspapers independent directors refused to approve Rupert Murdoch’s appointment of editors to The Times and Sunday Times last week, the News Corp. chief has flown to London to hold a summit meeting, … Read More »

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Global Showbiz Briefs: More Sun Arrests, BBC News Changes, Nine Debt Crisis, Turkish ‘Private Practice’

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 3:03am PDT

Two Sun Journalists Arrested
Fifty people have now been arrested in Scotland Yard’s ongoing investigation into allegations of inappropriate payments to public officials. Two journalists from News Corp. tabloid The Sun were detained this morning as was a … Read More »

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Rupert Murdoch Tweets In Defense Of The Sun And Free UK Press: “Let’s Get Real”

By | Monday August 27, 2012 @ 2:59am PDT

Controversial naked photos of Britain’s Prince Harry are available on the Internet, but after Rupert Murdoch‘s Sun newspaper published them on Friday, the Press Complaints Commission logged over 850 gripes. Murdoch responded – and launched what … Read More »

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Police Chief Updates UK Inquiry On Hacking & Bribery Probes; New Names Involved

Eight months of testimony are finally winding down at the Leveson Inquiry into UK media ethics. The panel, convened in the wake of the phone hacking scandal at the News Corp-controlled News Of The World, heard again today from Metropolitan police deputy commissioner Sue Akers. Akers has been leading the probes into alleged illegal activities by journalists including phone and computer hacking and bribery. In February, she told the inquiry there appeared to be “a culture of illegal payments” at News Corp’s The Sun newspaper. Today, she said police had determined that public officials, including a high-security prison guard, have received payments from more than one newspaper, expanding the field to those owned by Trinity Mirror and Express Newspapers along with News Corp’s News International. (In Express chief Richard Desmond’s earlier statement to the inquiry, he said he was unaware of any such activity at his papers.) When Akers appeared in February, News Corp said the practices she’d described were “ones of the past.” Akers confirmed today to Lord Justice Brian Leveson that there has been a change in the culture and practice of News International. Akers also told the inquiry that News Corp’s internal Management and Standards committee has proffered significant Read More »

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Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown Contradicts Rupert Murdoch Testimony

By | Monday June 11, 2012 @ 6:21am PDT

This is shaping up to be a big week at the Leveson Inquiry into UK media ethics: Several high-level politicians are set to take the stand, offering evidence on the relationship between government and big media. Off to a roaring start today with a game of “he said-he said”, former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown told the hearing room that there was no evidence of a phone conversation between he and Rupert Murdoch in September of 2009. During the disputed call, Brown is alleged to have threatened the mogul. He also took shots at Murdoch’s News International and its former executive chairman, James Murdoch, who Brown said drove an “aggressive public agenda.” He further contradicted testimony given by former Murdoch lieutenant Rebekah Brooks, and said he had never been influenced by Rupert Murdoch. If he had suported Murdoch’s policies, Brown quipped, the UK wouldn’t be part of the European Union, England would be the 51st state of the U.S. — with Scotland the 52nd — and Murdoch “probably would have had us at war with France and Germany.” Read More »

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UK Editor Arrested In News Corp Scandal

By | Saturday May 26, 2012 @ 6:17pm PDT

An employee at News Corp’s British publishing unit was arrested today on suspicion of conspiring to corrupt public officials with illegal payments for stories, Bloomberg reports. Police didn’t identify the 37-year-old but the Telegraph newspaper said she was … Read More »

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Two Sun Journalists Said To Attempt Suicide: Reports

Rupert Murdoch Sun SuicideUK media say that two unnamed journalists from Rupert Murdoch‘s The Sun tabloid newspaper have attempted to commit suicide. Although details are sketchy and come from unnamed sources, here’s what’s being reported: The Independent newspaper says the people were senior journalists and had recently been arrested (in total, 11 current or former Sun employees have been arrested on suspicions that they bribed police for news tips). The pair has been checked into hospital and News International is paying for their care, according to Financial Times sources. Reuters, citing people close to News International, also reports the journalists appeared to have tried to take their own lives. The Sun is controlled by News Corp’s News International, which has been rocked by a phone-hacking scandal and allegations of illegal payments to public officials for information. News Corp last year established a Management and Standards Committee to oversee an internal probe and has been cooperating with the police in their ongoing investigations. Some Sun journalists were previously reported to be mulling legal action against News International that would claim their right to freedom of expression was breached when evidence about their sources was turned over to investigators, and these latest developments — though they remain unconfirmed — are unlikely to soothe tensions. Read More »

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UK Police Chief Says “Culture” At Murdoch’s Sun Led To Illegal Payments

The new Sunday edition of Rupert Murdoch’s Sun newspaper sold 3.26 million copies when it debuted in the UK yesterday, according to the News Corp chief’s Twitter feed. Yet the most interesting new development involving the tabloid is a charge today that came from Sue Akers, the deputy police commissioner overseeing investigations into alleged illegal practices by journalists. Akers told the Leveson Inquiry into UK media ethics that there “appears to have been a culture at The Sun of illegal payments” to police officers as well as members of the military, the government and other public organizations. (The Sun is controlled by the News Corp-owned News International.)  According to The Guardian, Akers suggested there was a “network of corrupted officials” that journalists at The Sun could call upon and that one official received more than $126,500 (£80,000) over several years. Following Akers’ testimony, Murdoch gave the following statement: “She said the evidence suggested such payments were authorised by senior staff at The Sun. As I’ve made very clear, we have vowed to do everything we can to get to the bottom of prior wrongdoings in order to set us on the right path for the future. That process is well under way. The practices Sue Akers described at the Leveson inquiry are ones of the past, and no longer exist at The Sun. We have already emerged a stronger company.” Read More »

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Rupert Murdoch’s Sunday Sun To Launch Next Week

By | Sunday February 19, 2012 @ 4:15pm PST

The News Corp boss will stay in London to oversee the launch of a Sunday edition of The Sun next week. That’s the replacement for the corporation’s previous Sunday tabloid, News Of The World, which was shuttered in July after … Read More »

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Rupert Murdoch Lifts Suspension Of Sun Journalists, Announces Sunday Edition

By | Friday February 17, 2012 @ 6:03am PST

The News Corp chief sought to reassure journalists at The Sun today by announcing his plan to launch a Sunday edition of the UK tabloid — and by offering to help the staffers who were arrested last weekend for allegedly paying cops for tips and information. “We are doing everything we can to assist those who were arrested — all suspensions are hereby lifted until or whether charged and they are welcome to return to work,” he said in a letter to employees. “News Corporation will cover their legal expenses. Everyone is innocent unless proven otherwise.” He added, though, that the company also will cooperate with a police investigation into the scandal and “will turn over every piece of evidence we find — not just because we are obligated to but because it is the right thing to do.” Sun staffers were prepared to revolt after learning that News Corp had provided police with evidence that led to the arrests. The paper’s Trevor Kavanagh likened the police actions to a “witch-hunt” and added in a column that “some of the greatest legends in Fleet Street have been held, at least on the basis of evidence so far revealed, for simply doing their jobs as journalists on behalf of the company.” Here’s Murdoch’s letter:

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Murdoch May Face Angry (And Litigious?) Sun Staff In London On Friday: Reports

By | Thursday February 16, 2012 @ 3:20am PST

With Rupert Murdoch arriving in London this week amid the deepening crisis in his UK news empire, Bloomberg reports the mogul could also face unhappy staffers at The Sun who have demanded an audience with him. Scotland Yard is … Read More »

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Senior Staff At Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun Are Arrested In Widening Fleet Street Scandal

By | Saturday February 11, 2012 @ 12:38pm PST
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After watching his Sunday paper News of the World fold over a phone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch is now weathering another newspaper storm, this one brewing around his cash cow daily The Sun. Five senior staffers were arrested. This time, … Read More »

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Report: Five New Arrests In UK Tabloid Police Bribery Probe

By | Saturday January 28, 2012 @ 8:30am PST

Four current and former staff members of the popular British tabloid The Sun and a policeman were arrested today as part of the continuing investigation into corruption that arose out of phone hacking at News Corp’s shuttered News Of … Read More »

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James Murdoch Exits UK Newspapers Role

By | Wednesday November 23, 2011 @ 7:35am PST

So now no member of the Murdoch family sits on the boards of News Corp’s marquee British newspapers. The London Evening Standard is reporting from regulatory filings that James Murdoch in September “dramatically resigned” in a “surprise move” as a director of the … Read More »

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