Ruth Dudley Edwards: Murdoch's US empire under thre at after sun sets on his 'World'
The media mogul is reaping his reward for creating the 'Dark Ages' of journalism, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards
WHAT a week it's been for News International, for Rupert Murdoch's inner circle, for the British parliament, for the Metropolitan Police, for the newspaper industry and for those who think Murdoch a pernicious influence on British public life.
It was last Sunday when the 80-year-old Murdoch (chairman and CEO of the New York-based News Corporation, the second-largest global media conglomerate) -- engulfed in public outrage about the phone-hacking of the dead and the bereaved -- sacrificed the 167-year-old News of the World (NotW) and 200 journalists to save a) his bid to take control of BSkyB, the satellite broadcaster; and b) the careers of his protege, Rebekah Brooks (the chief executive of News International, one-time editor of the NotW and of the Sun) and his son James (chairman and chief executive of News Corp's international division).
"Thank you & goodbye", said the front page.